The AALS is delighted to announce the inaugural Section of the Year Award (SOTY). This new award will be given each year at the AALS Annual Meeting. The SOTY will recognize excellence in member support and other activities that promote AALS’s core values. Activities 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 winners of the inaugural Section of the Year Award are:
Section on Clinical Legal Education
Section on Women in Legal Education
Both winning Sections will be recognized and honored at the Section Officers Breakfast during the Annual Meeting. Learn more about the Sections and the award in AALS News.
The following AALS Sections have awards that recognize outstanding faculty in their academic discipline or topic of interest. Each Section has its own award nomination procedure, requirements, and a committee to review and select the winner. Nominations are solicited through the section’s listserv and Section newsletter. Nominations may be made by any member of the Section.
If you are a member of the sections listed below, you can view the call for award nominations by logging in to the individual Section’s member-only website. Learn more and join a section.
Section Award winners will be announced in November and acknowledged during section programming during the AALS Annual Meeting in January.
To encourage and recognize excellent legal scholarship and to broaden participation by new law teachers in the Annual Meeting program, the association sponsored a call for papers for the 32nd annual AALS Scholarly Papers Competition.
The competition’s selection committee recognized the following outstanding papers:
Aaron Tang, Acting Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law, “Rethinking Political Power in Judicial Review.”
William Ortman, Assistant Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School, and Daniel Epps, Associate Professor of Law, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, “The Lottery Docket.”
Andrew Verstein, Associate Professor of Law, Wake Forest University School of Law, “The Jurisprudence of Mixed Motives.”
Learn more about the 2018 Scholarly Papers Competition winners and their papers.