New York City (January 9, 2016) – At the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) 2016 Annual Meeting, Kellye Y. Testy, Dean, University of Washington School of Law delivered her inaugural address to the AALS House of Representatives as president of the association.
“Together, we are striving to enhance AALS to better serve our member schools and to more forcefully and effectively advocate for legal education,” said Dean Testy during her address. “We respect and value our member schools’ diverse missions and goals. When you thrive, we thrive.”
Dean Testy takes over from 2015 AALS President and Dean, The George Washington University Law School, Blake D. Morant, who will serve as Immediate Past President on the AALS Executive Committee.
The AALS House of Representatives also voted today to accept the nomination of Paul Marcus, William & Mary Law School, to serve as 2016 President-Elect, and the nominations of Alicia Alvarez, University of Michigan Law School and Vincent D. Rougeau, Dean, Boston College Law School to serve three-year terms on the AALS Executive Committee.
“I am honored by the vote selecting me as the President-Elect of the Association of American Law Schools,” said Professor Marcus. “I believe strongly in the mission of the AALS, to promote excellence in legal education. I will work hard to support that mission, to promote diversity in our profession, to increase international ties for U.S. legal educators, and to encourage the partnership of legal educators and members of the bar in ensuring that we provide access to quality legal representation for all individuals in need.”
“I have been impressed with the new energy and change in direction of AALS,” said Dean Rougeau. “The organization has been increasingly innovative and responsive to the changing environment for legal education, and I am very excited to be involved in these efforts. I look forward to working with a group of terrific colleagues to make the association even more engaged and creative in the years ahead.”
“I am honored to have been elected to serve on the AALS Executive Committee,” said Professor Alverez. “I look forward to supporting the work of law schools in training lawyers who are ready to serve our complex and diverse society and committed to justice.”