AALS News – Fall 2016

Kellye Testy, Dean, University of Washington School of Law wearing blue

Working Together

By AALS President Kellye Y. Testy, Dean, University of Washington School of Law

“Throughout our membership, faculty and staff are working hard to deliver more to our students while also trying to hold down cost. One of the most promising developments I am seeing in this spirit is a number of creative collaborations between and among our schools.”

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Wendy Collins Perdue, University of Richmond School of Law

Nominations for President-Elect and New Executive Committee Members

The committee is proud to recommend three individuals whose careers exemplify dedication to teaching, scholarship, and service to AALS and to legal education.

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Jeff Allum, AALS Project Director, Before the JD

Jeff Allum Directs “Before the JD” Project

Dr. Allum provides an update on the Before the JD project, a national study of potential law students, conducted by AALS, to understand the factors contributing to their intention/decision to pursue a JD or not.

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New Sections

AALS officially welcomes the following three Sections, which were approved as permanent at the June 2016 meeting of the Executive Committee.

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Michele Pistone, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Spotlight on Sections: Technology, Law, & Legal Education

In this edition of “Spotlight on Sections” AALS spoke with Michele Pistone, chair of the new section focused on technology in the classroom and the legal profession.

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Simona Grossi, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, Chair

Spotlight on Sections: Civil Procedure

The Section on Civil Procedure makes recommendations on matters concerning civil procedure, including pleading, practice, jurisdiction, judgments, and federal courts. AALS spoke with Section Leaders Simona Grossi and Ira Steven Nathenson about the section.

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Hot Topic program “Beyond Michael Brown and Ferguson, Effective Responses to Police Force” from the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting

Hot Topic Programs Selected for 2017 Annual Meeting

Hot topic programs at the AALS Annual Meeting highlight important and timely topics on some of society’s most pressing legal issues. These programs were selected by the Program Committee for the AALS 2017 Annual Meeting from proposals submitted by law school faculty.

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JLE Autumn 2016 Cover

Journal of Legal Education, Autumn 2016

The JLE released its Autumn issue this month. This issue includes research and analysis on “The Future of Legal Scholarship.”

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Improvements to the Directory of Law Teachers

AALS is pleased to announce that the Directory of Law Teachers now features an online search function. This password-protected tool is only available to deans and tenured, tenure-track, long-term contract, and emeritus faculty members.

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Screenshot of AALS Legal Education News page

AALS Weekly Digest and YouTube Channel

AALS now has a feature where faculty, staff and the general public can subscribe to a weekly email digest to get those same stories sent directly to your email inbox, as well as a YouTube channel with hundreds of legal education videos on law school programs, clinics, teaching, lectures and advice for prospective students.

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Dan Bernstine, Former President of the Law School Admission Council

AALS Remembers Dan Bernstine

AALS remembers and honors the contributions of the late Dan Bernstine to legal education and the legal field.

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