AALS News – Winter 2021

Vincent Rougeau

2021 AALS Presidential Address

By Vincent Rougeau, Boston College Law School

“As we emerge from the pandemic and begin to address the social, economic, and political turmoil left in its wake, I believe this is the right time to explore these three concepts [Freedom, Equality, and the Common Good] critical to our understanding of democracy and the rule of law.”

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Highlights from the Virtual 2021 Annual Meeting

More than 5,100 law school faculty, deans, professional staff, and sponsors gathered virtually, January 5-9 at the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting. The theme of the meeting was “The Power of Words,” selected by 2020 AALS President Darby Dickerson, Dean and Professor of Law at UIC John Marshall Law School.

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Judith Areen

Report of the AALS Executive Director to the House of Representatives

By Judith Areen

“Two-thousand and twenty was a very difficult year for legal education and the nation… We immediately faced the challenge of how we could best support law schools during the pandemic.”

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Conference on Rebuilding Democracy & the Rule of Law

The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) is pleased to announce the Conference on Rebuilding Democracy and the Rule of Law, co-hosted by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), to be held virtually May 6-7.

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AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education

The 2021 Conference on Clinical Legal Education will be held virtually from April 28-May 1. This year’s theme, “Reckoning with our Past and Building for the Future,” will engage with the new reality of the current unprecedented times and use core clinical habits of introspection and reflection to reimagine the foundations of clinics’ professional work.

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business associations

Spotlight on Sections: Business Associations

The Section on Business Associations promotes the communication of ideas, interests, and activities among members and makes recommendations on matters of interest in the teaching and improvement of the law relating to business associations. AALS sat down with the section’s leadership for a Q&A.

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legislation and law of the political process

Spotlight on Sections: Legislation & Law of the Political Process

The Section on Legislation and Law of the Political Process provides for the development and sharing of research, teaching methods, and materials in legislation, legislative process, legislative drafting, the courts-Congress relationship, and interpretation. AALS sat down with the section’s leadership for a Q&A.

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Propose a Program at AALS 2022

Have a great idea for programming at the AALS Annual Meeting? Organize an Arc of Career or Open Source session for the 2022 meeting in New York without being affiliated with an AALS Section.

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Remembering Former AALS Presidents Rennard Strickland and Deborah L. Rhode

AALS remembers and honors the contributions of Rennard Strickland and Deborah L. Rhode to legal education and the legal profession.

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executive committee

Nominations Sought for AALS President-Elect and Executive Committee

The Nominating Committee for 2022 is seeking your help in identifying strong candidates for President-Elect of the association and for two open positions on the Executive Committee (three-year terms).

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committee appointments

Seeking Recommendations for AALS Committee Appointments

Thoughtful and effective volunteers are a vital element in the work of AALS, much of which is accomplished by a diverse group of committees organized around a wide range of issues in legal education.

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