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Jim Greif
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AALS Announces Sections of the Year


AALS Section on Environmental Law and AALS Section on Legal Writing,
Reasoning and Research honored for service to law faculty and legal education


Washington, D.C. (November 26, 2019) – The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Committee on Sections has named the Section on Environmental Law and the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research as winners of the third annual AALS Section of the Year Award.

The annual award recognizes excellence in member support and other activities that promote AALS core values. Such activities include community/pro bono service, expanding membership and member engagement, supporting faculty scholarship, providing mentorship and teaching support, and developing impactful programming.

“These awards reflect the generative role that AALS sections play throughout the year in enabling professors across the country to learn from each other‎, do joint work, and share ideas,” said Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School and chair of the AALS Committee on Sections. “AALS is delighted to help provide platforms for such work and to celebrate these two recipients who have done so much these past 12 months.”

“The Section on Environmental Law is honored to accept this award,” said Sharmila L. Murthy, Associate Professor of Law at Suffolk University and chair of the AALS Section on Environmental Law. “We have a vibrant and dedicated leadership team. Our current activities build on the great foundation laid in prior years and the establishment of traditions like having a field trip at the AALS Annual Meeting.”

“The Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research is elated to be a recipient of the AALS Section of the Year Award. This honor reinforces the importance of legal research and writing in legal education and validates the extraordinary work of the section leadership,” said Wendy-Adele Humphrey, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Assessment & Strategic Initiatives at Texas Tech University School of Law, and chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research. “From stellar programming at the AALS Annual Meeting to innovative outreach events and diversity initiatives, the section has demonstrated remarkable engagement in AALS and the legal research and writing community.”

AALS sections provide opportunities for law school faculty and staff to connect on issues of shared interest. Each section is focused on a different academic discipline, affinity group, or administrative area. For a full list of sections, visit

The Section of the Year award will be honored at the Section Officers Breakfast during the AALS Annual Meeting in January.

About AALS
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), founded in 1900, is a nonprofit association of 179 member and 19 fee-paid 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 its many communities—local, national and international.