Washington, D.C. (November 17, 2021) – The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) has announced the winner of the 2022 AALS Scholarly Papers Competition for law school faculty members in the field for five years or fewer.
The competition’s selection committee recognized the following outstanding paper:
Talia Gillis, Associate Professor, Columbia Law School, “The Input Fallacy.”
In the article, Professor Gillis highlights the problems with algorithmic credit pricing. While traditional fair-lending addressed discriminatory practices against protected groups by scrutinizing inputs, this approach now threatens to create an algorithmic myth of colorblindness. Professor Gillis argues that fair lending should focus on outcome-based analysis and recommends a framework to measure disparities and address discrimination. The article will be published in an upcoming issue of Minnesota Law Review.
“I’m honored to be recognized for my exploration of the gap between old law and new methods in consumer lending markets,” Professor Gillis said. “At this pivotal moment of technological change, it is crucial that fair lending be shaped to capture the promise of technological advancement while addressing discrimination and distributional concerns. I am grateful to the many colleagues and mentors who encourage and support me in my work.”
The selection committee also recognized the following papers as honorable mentions:
The AALS Committee to Review Scholarly Papers for the 2022 Annual Meeting included distinguished legal scholars from around the country:
The competition is now in its 36th year and the awards will be presented during a ceremony at the AALS Annual Meeting on January 5, 2022.
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), founded in 1900, is a nonprofit association of 176 member and 18 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.