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.

 

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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 Connect.AALS.org site (Member-Only Website). To learn more about these sections or to join, use the links below.

Section Award winners will be announced in November and acknowledged during section programming during the AALS Annual Meeting in January.

Academic Support Award
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Animal Law Award
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Antitrust Award
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Business Associations Award for Outstanding Mentorship
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Clinical Legal Education M. Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award
Clinical Legal Education William Pincus Award
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Criminal Justice Junior Scholar Award
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East Asian Law & Society Distinguished Book Award
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Evidence Wigmore Award
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Federal Courts Best Article Award
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Law Medicine & Health Care
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Law and Religion Award
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Law and Sports Award
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Law Libraries and Legal Information Award
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Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research Award
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Minority Groups Clyde Ferguson Award
Minority Groups Derrick A. Bell Jr. Award
Minority Groups Trailblazer Award
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Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities Deborah L. Rhode Award
Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities Father Robert Drinan Award
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Professional Responsibility Fred C. Zacharais Memorial Prize
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Students Services Peter Kutalakis Award
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Teaching Methods Award
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Torts and Compensation Systems William L. Prosser Award
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Women in Legal Education Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award
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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. Those who will have been full-time law teachers at an AALS member or fee-paid school for five years or less on July 1, 2017, were invited to submit a paper on a topic related to or concerning law by August 4, 2017. A committee of established scholars reviewed the submitted papers with the authors’ identities concealed.

Papers that make a substantial contribution to legal literature will be selected for presentation at the AALS Annual Meeting in Diego, California, on Friday, January 5 from 8:30am to 10:15am.

Inquiries: Questions should be directed to scholarlypapers@aals.org.

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