Awards & Competitions

Section of the Year

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.


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List of Section Awards

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.

The 2018 AALS Section Award winners are:

Section on Academic Support Award
Linda Feldman, Brooklyn Law School

Section on Animal Law Award
Joan E. Schaffner, The George Washington University Law School

Section on Business Associations Outstanding Mentor Award
Afra Afsharipour, University of California, Davis, School of Law
James D. Cox, Duke University Law School

Lisa M. Fairfax, George Washington University Law School
Jill Fisch, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Lyman P.Q. Johnson, Washington & Lee School of Law
Joan MacLeod Heminway, University of Tennessee College of Law

Brett McDonnell, University of Minnesota Law School

David Millon, Washington & Lee School of Law

Donna M. Nagy, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Frank Partnoy, University of San Diego School of Law
Randall S. Thomas, Vanderbilt University School of Law
Robert B. Thompson, Georgetown University Law Center

Section on Clinical Legal Education William Pincus Award
Carol Izumi, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Section on Criminal Justice Junior Scholar Award
John Rappaport, The University of Chicago Law School

Section on Evidence Award
Roger Park, University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Section on Federal Courts Daniel J. Meltzer Award
Henry Monaghan, Columbia Law School
David L. Shapiro, Harvard Law School

Section on Law and Religion Award for Excellence in Scholarship
Christopher Lund, Wayne State University Law School

Section on Law and Sports Award
Timothy Davis, Wake Forest University School of Law

Section on Law Libraries and Legal Information Award
Richard A. Danner, Duke University School of Law

Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care Award
Charity Scott, Georgia State University College of Law

Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research Award
Darby Dickerson, The John Marshall Law School

Section on Minority Groups Clyde Ferguson Award
Dorothy A. Brown, Emory University School of Law
Guy-Uriel Charles, Duke University School of Law

Section on Minority Groups Derrick A. Bell Jr. Award
Stacy Hawkins, Rutgers Law School

Section on Pro-Bono & Public Service Opportunities Deborah L. Rhode Award
Angela Drake, University of Missouri School of Law

Section on Pro-Bono & Public Service Opportunities Father Robert Drinan Award
Thomas Schoenherr, Fordham University School of Law

Section on Professional Responsibility Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize
Robert W. Gordon, Stanford Law School

Section on Torts and Compensation Systems William L. Prosser Award
Marshall S. Shapo, Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Section on Women in Legal Education Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award
Tamar Frankel, Boston University School of Law

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Call for Scholarly Papers for Presentation at
2018 AALS Annual Meeting

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:

Winner

Aaron Tang, Acting Professor of Law, University of California, Davis School of Law, “Rethinking Political Power in Judicial Review.”

Honorable Mentions

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.


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