AALS Selects 2020 Scholarly Papers Competition Winners

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Jim Greif
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AALS Selects 2020 Scholarly Papers Competition Winners

Washington, D.C. (January 3, 2020) – The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) has announced the winners of the 2020 AALS Scholarly Papers Competition for law school faculty members in the field for five years or fewer.

The competition’s selection committee recognized the following outstanding papers:

Meghan M. Boone, Assistant Professor, University of Alabama School of Law, “Reproductive Due Process.”
Jonathan S. Gould, Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, “Law within Congress.”

In “Reproductive Due Process,” Professor Boone explores whether additional procedural due process protections might be constitutionally required as a precondition to the criminalization of abortion. The article will be published in an upcoming issue of The George Washington University Law Review.

“I am surprised and humbled to receive this award from AALS,” Professor Boone said. “My hope is that the paper contributes to the already robust scholarly conversation about gender, reproduction, and the nature of rights. I am especially thankful to those who encouraged this non-traditional project and helped me to shepherd it to completion.”

In “Law within Congress,” Professor Gould details how parliamentary precedents constitute a largely neglected system of law with important implications for how we understand the legislative process.  The article will be published in an upcoming issue of the Yale Law Journal.

“Understanding Congress’s rules and precedents is vital to understanding what goes on in Congress, from the passage of major statutes to the current presidential impeachment.” said Professor Gould. “Contestation over legislative procedure is also an important reference point for understanding the status of constitutional norms in our age of congressional polarization and hardball.”

The AALS Committee to Review Scholarly Papers for the 2020 Annual Meeting included distinguished legal scholars from around the country:

The competition is now in its 34th year and the awards will be presented during the 114th AALS Annual Meeting, January 2-5, 2020 in Washington, D.C.

About AALS
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), founded in 1900, is a nonprofit association of 179 member and 19 fee-paid law schools. Its members enroll most of the nation’s law students and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges, as well as many of its lawmakers. The mission of AALS is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education. In support of this mission, AALS promotes the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity, including diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints, while seeking to improve the legal profession, to foster justice, and to serve its many communities—local, national and international.