Standing Committees and other committees established by action of the Executive Committee are appointed by the president and provide reports, program content, and policy advice to the Association.
Every spring the president-elect begins work on committee appointments for the subsequent year and appoints members of the following standing committees for three-year terms and the following special committees and planning committee for one-year terms.
Clinical Legal Education
This committee advises the Executive Committee on matters concerning clinical legal education. The committee meets at the AALS Clinical Conference.
Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure (CAFT)
This committee serves as a resource for member schools that request an assessment of their procedures for protecting academic freedom or tenure. Requests from individual faculty members are referred to the Department of Academic Freedom, Tenure, & Governance of the American Association of University Professors.
Committee on Arc of Career Programs
This standing committee solicits and selects proposals for programs at the Annual Meeting that focus on the different stages of careers in legal education rather than on substantive fields of law. The committee also organizes a session for first-time meeting attendees. The committee meets at the prior Annual Meeting to review arc of career programs presented.
Journal of Legal Education Editorial Board
The Editorial Board assists the Coordinating Editors of the Journal in reviewing manuscripts presented for possible publication in the Journal and provides general policy guidance. The Journal is a quarterly publication devoted to issues confronting legal educators, including curriculum development and legal scholarship. It also serves as an outlet for emerging areas of scholarship and teaching.
Membership Review Committee (MRC)
The Membership Review Committee reviews law school applications for membership in the Association and approves sabbatical site evaluation reports on member law schools. The committee meets twice a year, at least once at the AALS office in Washington, D.C., to evaluate schools up for sabbatical review and to make recommendations to the Executive Committee on the actions it should take.
Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Teachers and Students
This committee is charged with recommending to the Executive Committee how the Association can better assist member and fee-paid schools in the recruitment and retention of minority law teachers and students.
The Sections Committee mission is to improve the operation of Sections throughout the year, as well as their programming for the Annual Meeting. Each committee member serves as liaison to at least one Section. The committee meets at the Annual Meeting.
AALS 2020 Special Committees
Nominating Committee for 2021 Officers and Members of the Executive Committee
The Nominating Committee has the task of nominating faculty from member law schools to serve on the AALS Executive Committee in the following year. The committee reviews nominations solicited by the AALS and recommends to the AALS House of Representatives two nominees for the Executive Committee and the 2021 President-Elect. The Committee meets in Washington, D.C. in September.
Program Committee for the 2021 Annual Meeting
This committee solicits and selects proposals for “open submission” programs for the Annual Meeting that do not come from Sections. There are four types of “open submission” programs: symposium programs, small discussion groups, open source programs not sponsored by a Section, and hot topics. The Committee meets at the prior Annual Meeting to review and critique all “open submission” programs and to plan for the new year.
Scholarly Papers for the 2021 Annual Meeting
This committee oversees the Scholarly Papers Competition that is open to faculty at AALS member and fee-paid schools who have been in teaching for five years or less. The winning author(s) is/are recognized at the First Meeting of the AALS House of Representatives at the 2021 Annual Meeting. The Committee meets by conference call in October or November to select the awardee(s) after a winnowing process that begins in August.
Planning Committees for 2021 Workshops and Conferences
Planning committees are responsible for organizing a workshop or conference. They typically meet once at AALS headquarters to begin the planning process and the appointments are for one-year term.
- 2021 Clinical Conference
- 2021 Deans Forum Workshop (All committee members must be sitting deans.)
- 2021 Workshop for New Law Teachers
- 2021 Workshop for Pretenured Law School Teachers of Color
AALS President-Elect Darby Dickerson now invites recommendations for new members for any of the committees with openings (PDF). You may recommend any full-time faculty or staff member at an AALS member school, including yourself, by Friday, May 31, 2019. Please include your insights into the person’s strengths in the context of the service you propose. You may direct recommendations and questions via email to 2020Committees@aals.org.