Dear Section Chairs and Chairs-elect:
Are you looking for ways to increase your Section’s member engagement? Do you want to attract new members and keep them involved? Creating a Section newsletter may be a great way of accomplishing these goals while adding new vibrancy to the intellectual life of your Section.
In this second installment of The Section Counselor, we highlight some best practices for creating a Section newsletter building on the examples of terrific newsletters already being produced by your peers in other Sections.
The AALS is fortunate to have a wide variety of Sections that already produce newsletters with exceptional content for faculty and professional staff of member law schools. Many Sections include the following key elements in their newsletters:
Some Sections use their newsletters as a platform to offer original content on subjects of interest to their members.
For example, the Section on Federal Courts has included discussion of recently decided and upcoming Supreme Court cases that raise novel or complex areas of the law.
Other Sections have added original content by way of news articles about members of their Section. Examples of newsworthy articles include faculty appointments, honors, and promotions, teaching awards, scholarship awards, presentations, and new ventures.
Additionally, a Section newsletter can offer information about scholarly developments, such as reviews of recent books, journal articles published by members, and other publications of interest such as presentations and textbooks.
Here are a few recent samples of newsletters we thought might be useful to you:
|Balance in Legal Education||Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research|
|Family and Juvenile Law||Federal Courts|
As you begin to consider creating a newsletter, or if you already have been publishing a newsletter for your Section, you may consider the following tips:
Do you have other newsletter ideas or samples that you wish to share with your peers? Please contact our community manager, Patrick Riley, who can be reached at (202) 296-1566 or firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact email@example.com.