By Erwin Chemerinsky
AALS President’s Inaugural Address: “My request and my challenge – to those planning programs at AALS for next year, to the work of AALS sections, to my fellow deans, and to my fellow law teachers – is to focus on what we as academics, as leaders on matters of law, and as law schools can do to bring about positive change.”
By Judith Areen
“We began 2021 with a fair amount of hope, but the year ended on a dismal note. Writer Lyz Lenz captured the moment when she said it feels as if we have been running a marathon for almost two years, only to have the finish line moved farther ahead.”
The AALS Annual Meeting will return to in-person programming in San Diego next year. The Program Committee for the 2023 Annual Meeting invites individual faculty members to submit proposals for several types of Open Submission programs.
AALS is seeking a tenured member of the faculty (or an emeritus faculty member) at an AALS member school to serve as Deputy Director, beginning in the summer of 2022. This is a mostly remote position with occasional travel to Washington, DC and conference locations.
The Nominating Committee for 2023 would very much appreciate help in identifying strong candidates for President-Elect of the Association and for two open positions on the Executive Committee.
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. AALS President-Elect Mark Alexander will soon begin to choose his committee appointments for 2023, and we seek assistance in identifying individuals for consideration.
By Zaena Ballon
More than 3,000 law school faculty, deans, professional staff, and sponsors gathered virtually from January 5-9 at the 2022 AALS Annual Meeting. Over five days, the meeting included moderated panels, interactive discussions, and networking events in addition to annual AALS business. The theme of the meeting was “Freedom, Equality, and the Common Good,” selected by 2021 AALS President Vincent D. Rougeau, President of the College of the Holy Cross.
By Barbra Elenbaas
The winner of the sixth AALS Triennial Award for Lifetime Service to Legal Education and to the Law is Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw. During her extraordinary 35-year career, Professor Crenshaw coined the term “intersectionality,” developed the framework for critical race theory, created the #SayHerName campaign, worked to advance gender equality across the globe, and blazed a path forward for countless women in the legal academy.
The editors of the Journal of Legal Education welcome articles and reflections in calls for papers for two special issues.