AALS News – Summer 2017

AALS President Paul Marcus

Borrowing from Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are a-Changin’”

By AALS President Paul Marcus, William & Mary Law School

“For this issue of AALS News, I am doing something different from the usual presidential essay. I have asked five wonderful legal educators to share their thoughts on specific areas of American legal education, as those areas have changed in recent years.”

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2018 AALS Annual Meeting

Approximately 2,500 law faculty, deans, administrators, and scholars will gather in San Diego from January 3-6, 2018, for the 112th AALS Annual Meeting. Under the theme of “Access to Justice,” the meeting is an opportunity to connect and collaborate with colleagues, discuss critical and emerging legal issues, and attend programs focused on fresh perspectives on law and legal education.

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Graph with 2017 AALS Membership Survey results

2017 AALS Membership Survey

This year, AALS conducted its second-ever survey of faculty and staff from AALS member schools about their opinions regarding the association’s activities.

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Rose Cuison Villazor, University of California, Davis, School of Law

Spotlight on Sections: Immigration Law

AALS met with the leadership of the Section on Immigration Law to discuss the section’s work, Annual Meeting programming, and the state of the field.

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Jennifer Daskal, American University, Washington College of Law

Spotlight on Sections: National Security Law

As part of the ongoing “Spotlight on Sections” series, AALS sat down with the Section on National Security Law to discuss recent developments in the field and section activities at the AALS Annual Meeting and beyond.

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AALS Opposes Proposed Revision to ABA Standard on Use of Part-Time Faculty After First Year of Law School

AALS submitted the following comment on August 1, 2017, to the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar on the proposed revision to ABA Standard 403(a).

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AALS Relocates 2018 Conference on Clinical Legal Education from Texas to Chicago

AALS in June sent the following letter to several Texas state legislative leaders.

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2017 New Law Teachers Plenary Session: Teaching Techniques. L-R. Howard E. Katz (Duquesne University), Gerry W. Beyer (Texas Tech), and Susan S. Kuo (U. of South Carolina).

New Law Teachers Gather in Washington, D.C.

Legal educators in their first three years of teaching gathered in late June in Washington, D.C. for the AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers. This annual three-day workshop integrates new and emerging faculty and scholars into the legal education community.

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Attendees participating in an exercise during the session “Teaching Empathy to Millennials for These Tumultuous Times” at the 2017 AALS Conference on Clinical Education.

2017 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education Highlights

More than 650 legal educators attended the 40th AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, May 6-9, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. The meeting’s theme, “Serving the Client in Tumultuous Times: Fostering Responsibility to Individuals, Communities, and Society in Clinical Legal Education,” served as a unifying concept for the programming.

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Panel on Misdemeanors during the 2017 AALS Midyear Meeting. L-R: Jenny Roberts (American University), Irene Oritseweyinmi Joe (UC Davis), Megan Stevenson (U. of Pennsylvania), Eisha Jain (U. of North Carolina), and Angela Davis (American University).

2017 AALS Midyear Meeting

The 2017 AALS Midyear Meeting was held at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. with a kick-off dinner on Sunday, June 11 and sessions from Monday, June 12 through Wednesday, June 14. The meeting was sponsored by the AALS Section on Criminal Justice and co-hosted by CrimFest.

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Summer AALS News Photo Gallery

View photos from the Spring and Summer AALS Meetings.

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Journal of Legal Education - Spring 2017

Journal of Legal Education Releases Summer 2017 Issue

The Summer 2017 edition of the Journal of Legal Education begins by diving into issues on campus related to sexual harassment, Title IX, and academic policies, and also features articles for its ongoing “At the Lectern” series and three book reviews.

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