The AALS has selected the Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution as its Section of the Year. The annual award recognizes excellence in member support and other activities that promote AALS core values, which may include annual meeting programming, facilitating outstanding scholarship, providing teaching support and course materials, community/pro bono service, engagement with the bar and bench, mentoring programs, expanding membership and member engagement, creative use of technology, and more.
The AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution was honored for a wide variety of section activities including encouraging excellence in scholarship and teaching through its Works-in-Progress conferences and its Legal Educators’ Colloquium. The Works-in-Progress conference offers a supportive environment for feedback and the exchange of ideas designed to improve the scholarship of those attending. Starting this year, the section hosts an award for Best Article of the Year, which recognizes outstanding scholarship in the field.
In addition, the section has developed Annual Meeting programs that appeal to audiences outside of section membership. The section frequently collaborates with other sections as co-sponsors or conducts joint programs to appeal to a wider audience while showcasing the most pressing issues in the field of alternative dispute resolution.
The section will be honored at the Section Officers Breakfast during the Annual Meeting in January. AALS will be seeking nominations for the next Section of the Year award in Spring 2019. The inaugural award was given jointly to the Section on Clinical Legal Education and the Section on Women in Legal Education at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting