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Wednesday, January 3, Program

AALS Workshops

Workshop on the Ratings Game (or not!): The Search for Sensible Assessment

8:45 – 9:00 a.m.
Judith Areen, Georgetown University and AALS President
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Richard A. Matasar, New York Law School and Chair, Planning Committee for AALS Annual Meeting Workshop on The Ratings Game

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Folklore of Rankings: Games, Morals and the Efforts of Legal Education

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Wendy Espeland, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University -view outline-
Michael Sauder, Department of Sociology, The University of Iowa

Rankings and Effect on Admissions
Alex M. Johnson, Jr., University of Minnesota
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LSAT Gaming
Andrew P. Morriss, Case Western Reserve University

Corrosive Effect on Moral/Core
Toni M. Massaro, The University of Arizona
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This Isn’t Going Away
David E. Van Zandt, Northwestern University
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Moderator: Richard L. Schmalbeck, Duke University

In this session, speakers will confront the #@%$&**@ U. S. News and World Report rankings system. From sharing the folklore of law school behavior (good and bad), to discussing specific effects on law school admissions practices, to describing the games we sometimes play, to wondering about the effect on our moral leadership, the panel assumes that the rankings are not going away and ponders what to do about it.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
Refreshment Break

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Breakout Sessions – Can’t Join ‘Em, Beat ‘Em: Building Alternatives
Dorothy Andrea Brown, Washington and Lee University
Pat K. Chew, University of Pittsburgh
Hiram E. Chodosh, University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law
Joseph D. Harbaugh, Nova Southeastern University
Kent D. Syverud, Washington University
Anthony Eudelio Varona, American University

12:15 – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
We Didn’t Even Bring the Box: A Roundtable Discussion on Creative Alternatives
Colin Diver, President, Reed College
Erica Moeser, President, National Conference of Bar Examiners
Philip Shelton, President, Law School Admission Council
Diane C. Yu, Chief of Staff and Deputy to the President, New York University
Moderator: Nancy B. Rapoport, University of Houston

In this session, panelists will imagine creative alternative ways to assess law schools that may entail rating, not ranking, and ignore the U.S. News. The focus will be on self-definition to create the appropriate metrics, to public accountability standards that focus on outcomes, to internal university measures and to legislative mandates. The panelists will reflect on how best to measure performance.

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Refreshment Break

3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
So… Reflections on Ranking, Ratings, Assessments and Beyond
Moderator: Dale A. Whitman, University of Missouri-Columbia

In this session, the discussion leaders from the morning break out groups will return to share the results of their conversations. They will challenge faculty members to return to their home institutions, invigorated with new ways to think about assessing the performance of their schools.