The Association of American Law Schools returns to New York City in 2016 for its 110th Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting, “From Challenge to Innovation: Legal Education in 2016,” boasts a vibrant schedule with some 200 sessions and more than 800 moderators, speakers, and discussion leaders in attendance. It serves as the premier opportunity to come together as a legal academy to network with colleagues and engage with the latest legal issues. AALS President and the George Washington University Law School Dean Blake D. Morant noted that the conference will “provide an unparalleled opportunity for legal educators and administrators to connect with colleagues from law schools around the nation, as well as the world, on matters of common interest at this crucial moment for legal education as well as the legal profession.”
Many well-regarded and notable speakers are taking part. The association is honored to have U. S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer participating in a moderated conversation. American Bar Association President Paulette Brown will speak on a program concerning “Professionalism and the Future of Our Profession.” The conference’s opening plenary will feature two of the authors of “Lawyers as Professionals and Citizens: Key Roles and Responsibilities in the 21st Century,” Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr., Former Senior Vice President for Law and Public Affairs, General Electric and David B. Wilkins, Harvard Law School. Their essay presents a practical vision of the responsibilities of lawyers as both professionals and as citizens at the beginning of the 21st century.