Michael A. Olivas Letter to ABA Standards Review Committee regarding proposed changess to ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools
The following letter was sent to Senator Ann Duplessis, Chair, Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection & International Affairs in Louisiana State Senate, by Susan Westerberg Prager in regard to Senate Bill 549, which proposes to severely constrain university law clinics in Louisiana. The Association of American Law Schools is gravely concerned about the impact the legislation would have on the education of law students who attend Louisiana law schools and the effect that it would have on the quality of the state's law schools.
Letter to Senator Ann Duplessis
The Association filed an amicus brief, defending the Hastings College of the Law acted legally in denying official student group recognition to the Christian Legal Society. The University of California, Hastings College of the Law denied official recognition because it does not conform to the school's requirement that membership and leadership positions be open to all students.
Christian Legal Society v. Hastings
The following brief was filed to defend the Rutgers-Newark School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic and its representation of a citizens group that opposes a major retail development project.
Sussex Commons v. Rutgers
The following letter was mailed to Representative Miller and Senator Kennedy in regards to the Conference committee work on loan forgiveness for pubic sector employees in H.R. 2669.
Letter to Representative Miller and Senator Kennedy
The AALS continues to stand opposed to the Solomon Amendment. In January 2004, it submitted an amicus brief to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of plaintiffs in FAIR et al. v. Rumsfeld, explaining how the Solomon Amendment unconstitutionally infringes upon law schools’ right of expressive association. Similarly, AALS submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of FAIR in September 2005.
Rumsfeld v. FAIR
FAIR et al. v. Rumsfeld
The following brief was filed in the Louisiana law student practice rule case, and addresses issues of academic freedom.
Southern Christian Leadership Conference v. The Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana
Please note that the Grutter and Gratz briefs, both filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, are identical briefs except for the name of the plaintiff.