Washington, D.C. (December 7, 2015) – The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) has announced the winner of the 2016 AALS Scholarly Papers Competition for law school faculty members who have been teaching for five years or less. The competition’s selection committee chose Jill M. Fraley, associate professor at Washington and Lee School of Law for her paper “An Unwritten History of Waste Law.” Established in 1985, this marks the 30th edition of the award.
In the article, Professor Fraley presents historical evidence to counter the reigning economic and social theories of how the law of waste evolved in U.S. and critiques the current methods of legal history as it relates to analyzing waste law and other subjects.
“I am grateful to receive the AALS Scholarly Papers Competition Award,” Professor Fraley said. “With the competition encompassing many fields of law, the award is a particular honor. As property and legal history are not always headline-making fields, it is a particular pleasure to have both the recognition of my work and the opportunity to share it at the AALS Annual Meeting.”
“Jill Fraley is a remarkably talented member of our faculty,” said Brant J. Hellwig, Dean of Washington and Lee University School of Law. “This award, and the Fulbright fellowship she received last year to support her research, serve as testaments to the contributions she is making to the fields of legal history and property law. In addition to her scholarly strengths, Jill is a masterful teacher. We at W&L Law are fortunate to have her as a colleague.”
The AALS Committee to Review Scholarly Papers for the 2016 Annual Meeting included distinguished legal scholars from around the country:
The award will be presented during the AALS Annual Meeting, January 6-10, 2015 in New York City.
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), founded in 1900, is a nonprofit association of 180 law schools. Its members enroll most of the nation’s law students and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges, as well as many of its lawmakers. The mission of AALS is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education. In support of this mission, AALS promotes the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity, including diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints, while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve our many communities–local, national and international.