AALS News – Spring 2018

2018 AALS President Wendy Perdue

President’s Message: Challenges, Opportunities, and Law School Finances

By Wendy Perdue, AALS President and Dean, University of Richmond School of Law

As each academic year draws to a close, I like to reflect back on what went well along with areas of potential improvement. Each law school has its own unique list, no doubt, but some successes and challenges are shared across legal education.

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Sean Scott, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Sean Scott Named AALS Associate Director

AALS has selected Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Professor Sean M. Scott as its new associate director. During her two-year appointment, set to begin in August 2018, Scott will be charged with developing and overseeing programs to further the association’s goal of improving legal education.

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Paul Marcus, William & Mary Law School, at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting

Third Annual Survey Reveals Most Useful AALS Services

The results from the third Annual Survey of faculty and staff from AALS member schools show increases in reported usefulness of most member services. Just as in 2017, this year’s respondents rated the Journal of Legal Education, membership in at least one AALS Section, the Directory of Law Teachers, and the Annual Meeting as the most useful of all AALS services.

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Jeff Allum Named AALS Director of Research

A consultant with a broad background in higher education research and survey project management, Jeff Allum has been leading the Before the JD project for AALS since 2016. He has now joined AALS full-time as the association’s first Director of Research.

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Spotlight on Sections: Leadership

AALS met with Deborah Rhode and Leah Witcher Teague to discuss law school curricula, leadership training, and their work as the first leaders of the newest AALS Section.

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Spotlight on Sections: New Law Professors

AALS caught up with the leadership of the Section on New Law Professors to learn more about their activities and support for faculty in their first few years of teaching.

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Workshop to Support Transition to Teaching for New Law Faculty

The annual AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers will take place June 7-9 in Washington, D.C.

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Speaking Opportunities at 2019 AALS Annual Meeting

Any faculty member at an AALS member or fee-paid school can submit proposals for Open Submission programs at the Annual Meeting. Hot Topic proposals are due October 19.

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AALS Presidents, 2016-2019: Vicki Jackson, Harvard Law (2019); Wendy Perdue, Dean, Richmond Law (2018); and Paul Marcus, William & Mary Law (2017)

Winter 2018 Issue of JLE Focuses on Outcomes Assessment

The Winter 2018 issue of the Journal of Legal Education takes an in-depth look at the revised ABA standards on assessment and learning outcomes.

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AALS logo with blue background

Highlights from the 2018 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education

Check out a photo gallery from the 41st Annual Conference on Clinical Legal Education, which was held April 29 – May 2 in Chicago and featured a keynote address from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Yale Law School Professor James Forman, Jr.

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AALS Scholarly Papers Competition Call for Papers

Law faculty who have been teaching for five years or less are welcome to submit to the 33rd Annual AALS Scholarly Papers Competition.

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