AALS News – Summer 2021

AALS President Vincent Rougeau

Rebuilding Democracy Amid the Continuing Pandemic

By AALS President Vincent Rougeau

“As the AALS Conference on Rebuilding Democracy and the Rule of Law made clear, there are many bipartisan ways that Americans can work together to create a voting system in this country that enhances participation and responds appropriately to public health realities that may be with us for some time. The legal academy and the legal profession should remain at the forefront of these efforts.”

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AALS Honors Kimberlé W. Crenshaw with Lifetime Service Award

The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) is honoring UCLA Law and Columbia Law professor Kimberlé W. Crenshaw with the 2021 AALS Triennial Award for Lifetime Service to Legal Education and to the Legal Profession.

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Get to Know AALS Sections

Clarissa Ortiz, Manager of Section Services, highlights recent improvements to support for sections and details how sections have kept law school faculty and staff connected during the pandemic.

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Spotlight on Sections: Law & Sports

As part of the ongoing “Spotlight on Sections” series, AALS sat down with the leadership of the Section on Law and Sports to discuss the state of the athletics, current events, and upcoming section initiatives.

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Spotlight on Sections: International Human Rights

The leadership of the Section on International Human Rights discussed recent changes in the field as well as plans for the section in this “Spotlight on Sections” interview.

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Journal of Legal Education Releases Two New Issues

The Journal of Legal Education recently released two issues. Issue 69-1 includes a collection of articles addressing gender inequality and the legal academy and Issue 69-2 includes a collection of articles reflecting on the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE).

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AALS Updates Website

The AALS website was recently revised with a new look and feel. The site provides users with easier navigation and contains links to AALS events, services, and information, as well as a collection of legal education news and blogs.

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Statement by AALS on Efforts to Ban the Use or Teaching of Critical Race Theory

“The prohibitions on using or teaching Critical Race Theory are an affront to the values of the Association of American Law Schools and a threat to excellence in legal education and scholarship. The AALS denounces attacks that distort or mischaracterize Critical Race Theory. And finally, the AALS condemns those who have made targeted personal attacks on individual scholars who are our colleagues and friends.”

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Freedom, Equality, and the Common Good at the 2022 Annual Meeting

The theme for AALS in 2021 and the 2022 Annual Meeting is “Freedom, Equality & the Common Good” selected by President Vincent Rougeau

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AALS Workshop Returns to Help New Law Faculty Get Careers Started

In June, AALS welcomed more than 130 new law school faculty to a virtual version of the specialized AALS Workshop for New Law School Teachers, which supports faculty in their transition into full-time teaching as they learn to balance and embrace the competing demands of teaching, scholarship, and institutional service required in an academic career.

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Bellow Scholars Work to Improve Quality of Justice Through Research

Since 2002, the AALS Section on Clinical Legal education has hosted the Bellow Scholars program to support the pioneering work of clinical law professors. AALS News takes a look at the history of the program and current projects.

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Update Your Bio in the Directory of Law Teachers

Have you published a new paper, chapter, or book? Won an award or moved to a different law school? This is a great time to update your information in the Directory of Law Teachers.

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