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.

Academic Support Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Animal Law Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Antitrust Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Business Associations Award for Outstanding Mentorship
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Clinical Legal Education M. Shanara Gilbert Emerging Clinician Award
Clinical Legal Education William Pincus Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Criminal Justice Junior Scholar Award
Section InformationWebsite

 

East Asian Law & Society Distinguished Book Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Evidence Wigmore Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Federal Courts Best Article Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Law Medicine & Health Care
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Law & Religion Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Law & Sports Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Law Libraries & Legal Information Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Minority Groups Clyde Ferguson Award
Minority Groups Derrick A. Bell Jr. Award
Minority Groups Trailblazer Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities Deborah L. Rhode Award
Pro Bono & Public Service Opportunities Father Robert Drinan Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Professional Responsibility Fred C. Zacharais Memorial Prize
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Students Services Peter Kutalakis Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Teaching Methods Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Torts and Compensation Systems William L. Prosser Award
Section InformationMember-only website

 

Women in Legal Education Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award
Section InformationMember-only website


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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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