This year’s hiring cycle will undoubtedly be out of the ordinary due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Because the October Faculty Recruitment Conference is canceled, we anticipate that school recruitment committees may begin to reach out to candidates soon after the first distribution of the FAR is made available to them on August 20.

Faculty Recruitment Services will host a series of webinars between August 13-August 20 for candidates who submit in time for the first distribution of the FAR. These free sessions from AALS and other groups will help prepare you for interviews and give you an opportunity to ask questions and seek personalized advice. Pay and submit your FAR profile by August 12 to receive an invitation to register for any or all of the sessions.

 

Candidates Workshop

August 18, 4 pm EDT/1 pm PDT

Candidates will have an opportunity to discuss interview questions and solicit advice in small groups from experienced faculty members. The webinar will be hosted by Sean Megan Scott, President and Dean, California Western School of Law and Darby Dickerson, AALS President and Dean, UIC John Marshall Law School.

The link to register for the Candidates Workshop will be emailed to you after August 12.

 

Program

Welcome by AALS Executive Director, Judith Areen

Judith Areen, AALS Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Introduction and Overview

Sean Megan Scott, President and Dean, California Western School of Law

Welcome Remarks

Darby Dickerson, AALS President, and Dean, UIC John Marshall Law School

Question and Answer – Small Groups

Candidates will discuss their interview questions with experienced faculty members in Zoom breakout rooms

Question and Answer – Audience-wide Session

We will open the discussion to the entire audience and solicit broad advice from experienced faculty members present.

Closing

Sean Megan Scott, President and Dean, California Western School of Law

 

Faculty Experts

Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Mark Alexander is the Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. He serves on the Executive Committee of AALS. Prior to Villanova, he served as Associate Dean for Academics at Seton Hall University School of Law. Alexander’s areas of expertise include constitutional law, criminal procedure, election law, criminal law, and the First Amendment. Alexander served as an adviser and issues director for several political campaigns. He clerked for Chief Judge Thelton Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and was a litigator with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Alexander earned a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale University.

 

Judith Areen, AALS Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Judith Areen is the Executive Director of the Association of American Law Schools, an association of 179 member law schools. Its members include most of the nation’s law schools and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges. Professor Areen is Professor Emerita at Georgetown University Law Center. Between 1989 and 2004, she served as Executive Vice President for Law Affairs of Georgetown University and Dean of the Law Center. Professor Areen’s areas of academic expertise include higher education law and family law. The second edition of her casebook on Higher Education and the Law was published by Foundation Press in 2014 (with Peter Lake). Her recent legal articles include Accreditation Reconsidered, 96 Iowa L. Rev. 1471 (2012); Government as Educator: A New Understanding of First Amendment Protection of Academic Freedom and Governance, 97 Geo. L. J. 945 (2009), and Governing Board Accountability: Competition, Regulation, and Accreditation, 36 J. Col. & Univ. Law 691 (2010). A graduate of Cornell University (1966) and the Yale Law School (1969), she has worked in the private sector and in government at the local and federal levels. Professor Areen, who is a member of the bar of the District of Columbia, is a member of the American Law Institute, and on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Education. She has served as President of the Association of American Law Schools (2006), on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University (1997-2001), and as a governor of the District of Columbia Bar (1979-1981).

 

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Susan Carle, Professor of Law, American University, Washington College of Law

Professor Susan D. Carle is Professor of Law and Vice Dean at American University Washington College of Law, where she teaches and writes about civil rights legal history, constitutional law, employment discrimination, labor and employment law, legal ethics, and the history and sociology of the legal profession. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Defining the Struggle: National Organizing for Racial Justice,1880-1915 (OUP 2013), for which she received the 2014 Organization of American Historians’ Liberty Legacy Award for “the author of the best book by a historian on the civil rights struggle from the beginnings of the nation to the present.”

 

 

AALS President Darby Dickerson

Darby Dickerson, AALS President and Dean, UIC John Marshall Law School

Darby Dickerson, the 2020 AALS President, has been a dean for seventeen years. She currently is Dean at the UIC John Marshall Law School and previously has served as Dean at Stetson University College of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law, and The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Her areas of expertise include higher education law and policy and legal writing. Before entering academia, she clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and practiced commercial litigation in Dallas. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from William & Mary and her J.D. from Vanderbilt.

 

Wendy-Adele Humphrey, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dean’s Distinguished Service Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law

Wendy-Adele Humphrey is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and the Dean’s Distinguished Service Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law. She is the immediate past chair of the AALS section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research, which received the 2020 Section of the Year award. She serves on the Legal Writing Institute (LWI) Board of Directors and the ABA Negotiation Competition Committee. Dean Humphrey is a former member of the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals and currently serves on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors. She has received numerous awards, including the Spencer A. Wells Award for Creativity in Teaching, the Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award, the Faculty Distinguished Leadership Award, and the President’s Excellence in Diversity & Equity Award.

 

 

Veryl Miles, Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Professor Veryl Victoria Miles has been a member of the law faculty at The Catholic University of America (CUA) since 1988. She was appointed Dean of CUA’s law school in 2005 and served in that position until 2012. Professor Miles also served as deputy director of the Association of American Law Schools from 2001-2003. Her teaching and scholarship interests include consumer bankruptcy and commercial law; she has also applied concepts of social justice and Catholic social teachings in her scholarly considerations of law and law practice. In addition, Professor Miles has published on topics regarding legal education and bar admissions.

 

Dean Vince D. Rougeau

Vince Rougeau, AALS President-elect and Dean, Boston College Law School

Vincent D. Rougeau has been the Dean of Boston College Law School since 2011. He is President-Elect of AALS and has previously served as a member of the AALS Executive Committee and as a member of the Council of the Boston Bar Association. A vocal advocate for change in legal education, he writes and speaks extensively on legal education reform. He has led a reorganization in leadership structure at BC Law that supports a more holistic approach to academic and student services, expands the school’s national and international recruitment of a diverse student body, and enhances the school’s commitment to experiential learning and global engagement.

 

Sean Megan Scott, President and Dean, California Western School of Law

Sean Scott is the newly appointed President and Dean of California Western School of Law, assuming this position in August 2020. Prior to this Dean Scott was a tenured faculty member of the faculty of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and served as Senior Associate Dean of Loyola as well the Associate Dean for Faculty. Prior to joining the faculty, she was an associate at the Los Angeles based firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. She is a graduate of Smith College and New York University School of Law. Dean Scott spent the 2018-19 academic year serving as the Associate Director of the Association of American Law Schools. Dean Scott serves on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Schools (SALT).

 

 

AALS Section Q&As

Several AALS Sections will also host webinars in the week between August 13 and 20 to offer support to candidates. Each will have a separate registration; check back later for more details.

 

Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research

When: August 19, 2 pm EDT/11 pm PDT

Faculty Experts

Ben Fernandez, Senior Legal Skills Professor, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Ben Fernandez teaches Legal Drafting and Legal Research and Writing at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. He had previously taught at Florida Coastal School of Law, and he worked as an adjunct professor teaching Legal Writing at Northeastern University School of Law. Ben has twenty-five years of experience practicing law in Massachusetts. He represented financial institutions and government finance agencies in commercial and residential finance transactions. He had his own practice in Plymouth, Massachusetts for ten years. Before that, he practiced law in the city of Boston for fifteen years. Ben has an LL.M. from Boston University School of Law, as well as a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.A. from Cornell University.

 

Eun Hee Han , Associate Professor of Law, Legal Practice, Georgetown University Law Center

 

Brian Larson, Associate Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law

Brian N. Larson is an associate professor of law at Texas A&M University’s School of Law. He researches rhetoric and argumentation, especially in legal and professional communication. He focuses on rhetorical and argumentation theory in context and practice, using text-analytic, computational, and cognitive methods. Other research interests of his include the law of copyright and online contracts and empirical research methods. He holds a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota and comes to Texas A&M after a 20-year career as an attorney and business executive. Larson is a Texas A&M University Arts and Humanities Fellow and was the first law-school faculty member to receive this honor. He teaches courses in legal rhetoric and communication.

 

Hilary Reed, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Houston Law Center

Hilary Reed is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where she has taught Lawyering Skills and Strategies to first year law students since 2017. She also has taught upper level skills courses, worked closely with students in UH’s Pre-Law Pipeline Program, and worked with the Moot Court team on appellate writing. From 2007-2017, Professor Reed taught Legal Research and Writing at Pepperdine University School of Law. For part of her time at Pepperdine, she also directed the Appellate Moot Court Program. Professor Reed earned a B.A. in History from Abilene Christian University, magna cum laude. She then earned her J.D. at Pepperdine University School of Law, magna cum laude. After law school, she joined O’Melveny & Myers LLP as an associate in their downtown Los Angeles office. At O’Melveny, her practice areas included general litigation and corporate bankruptcy.

 

Clayton Steele, Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Writing, Brooklyn Law School

Clayton Steele is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Legal Writing at Brooklyn Law School, teaching introduction to Legal Research and Writing in the fall semester and Gateway to Lawyering Law and Business in the spring semester, and she teaches as an adjunct professor in the Commercial Law Specialization at the Law School of the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She is admitted to practice in New York and the Republic of Colombia and is a dual U.S//Colombian citizen. She formerly practiced M&A and Project & Infrastructure Finance at law firms in Bogota, Colombia, and New York City. She has a B.A. from Columbia College, a J.D. from Tulane Law School, and a Master’s Degree in Colombian Financial Law from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. Her personal pronouns are she/her/hers.

 

 

Minority Groups

When: August 19, 4 pm EDT/1 pm PDT

Faculty Experts

Rose Cuison Villazor, Vice Dean, Professor of Law, Chancellor’s Social Justice Scholar, Rutgers Law School

Dean Cuison-Villazor teaches, researches and writes in the areas of immigration and citizenship law, property law, Asian Americans and the law, equal protection law and critical race theory. Dean Cuison-Villazor’s current research projects examine the extent to which states, cities, churches and non-state actors such as universities and churches provide “sanctuary” to undocumented immigrants and refugees. Previously, Dean Cuison-Villazor was Professor of Law and Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall Research Scholar at the University of California at Davis School of Law. She has also taught at Columbia Law School, Hofstra University Law School and Southern Methodist University School of Law. She earned her BA from the University of Texas, her LLM from Columbia Law School, and her JD from American University.

 

Kevin Johnson, Dean, Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies, University of California, Davis, School of Law

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean, Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law, and Professor of Chicana/o Studies. He joined the UC Davis law faculty in 1989 and was named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1998. Johnson became Dean in 2008. He has taught a wide array of classes, including immigration law, civil procedure, complex litigation, Latinos and Latinas and the law, and Critical Race Theory. In 1993, he was the recipient of the law school’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Dean Johnson has also held leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools and is the recipient of an array of honors and awards. He is quoted regularly by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other national and international news outlets.

 

Camille Nelson, Dean, Professor of Law, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law

 

 

Catherine Smith, Professor, Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity & Inclusiveness, University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Catherine Smith joined the faculty at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2004. Before joining the faculty at the University of Denver, Professor Smith was an assistant professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law from 2000 to 2004. Professor Smith teaches torts, employment discrimination, family law, and sexuality, gender and the law. Her research interests include civil rights law and critical race theory. Her articles have been published in several journals, including Wisconsin Law Review, Washington University Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, and the Ohio State Law Journal. In addition, Smith co-authored an amicus brief on the constitutional rights of children that was cited in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark United States Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.

 

 

Women in Legal Education

When: August 20, 2 pm EDT/ 11 am PDT

Faculty Experts

 

Susan Bisom-Rapp, Distinguished Professor in Residence, California Western School of Law

Susan Bisom-Rapp is Distinguished Professor in Residence at California Western School of Law. A member of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, she serves on the academic advisory board of the Doctoral Research School in Labour, Development and Innovation at the Marco Biagi Foundation, University of Modena, Italy. She is chair elect of the AALS Section on Women in Legal Education. A scholar in the field of international and comparative workplace law, she received the national 2019 Paul Steven Miller Memorial Award for outstanding academic and public contributions to the field of labor and employment law scholarship.

 

Rona Kaufman, Associate Professor of Law, Duquesne University School of Law

Rona Kaufman is an Associate Professor of Law at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Professor Kaufman teaches Contracts I and II, Employment Discrimination Law, and Family Law. Her scholarly interests focus on intersections of gender and law as well as anti-Semitism and law. Professor Kaufman is the immediate past chair of the Women in Legal Education Section of the AALS. Prior to transitioning to academia, she practiced commercial litigation, employment law, and family law with Baker Hostetler and Fulbright & Jaworski. Professor Kaufman spends most of her “free” time mothering her three children, Naomi (17), Joseph (15), and Benjamin (12).

 

Tamara Lawson, Dean & Professor of Law, St. Thomas University School of Law

Tamara F. Lawson is Dean and Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law. Dean Lawson is the Chair of the Law Professors Division of the National Bar Association and the Chair of the AALS Women in Legal Education Section. She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, and a seminar on Race and the Law. Prior to joining the law faculty, Dean Lawson served as a Deputy District Attorney at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1996-2002. Dean Lawson’s research is published in several prestigious law journals, and she has also participated as a co-author of two casebooks. Dean Lawson received her J.D. from University of San Francisco and her LL.M. from Georgetown University.

 

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean & Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law

A graduate of Grinnell College (B.A.), University of Michigan Law School (J.D.), and Yale University (Ph.D.), Angela Onwuachi-Willig is Dean and Professor of Law at Boston University. Previously, she served as Chancellor’s Professor at Berkeley Law. She is author of According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v. Rhinelander and the Law of the Multiracial Family and many articles in leading law journals like the Yale Law Journal and California Law Review. She is a former Iowa Supreme Court finalist, an elected member of the American Law Institute, and a recipient of Law and Society’s John Hope Franklin Award and the AALS’s Clyde Ferguson and Derrick Bell Awards.

 

Hari Osofsky, Dean, Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of International Affairs, Professor of Geography, The Pennsylvania State University – Penn State Law

Hari M. Osofsky is Dean of Penn State Law and the School of International Affairs, Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of International Affairs, and Professor of Geography. She is collaboratively building legal and international affairs education for a changing society, including initiatives in mentoring; technology; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and interdisciplinary and international partnerships. Her over fifty publications focus on governance and justice in energy and climate change regulation. The ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center recognized her as one of the 2019 Women of Legal-Tech.

 

Sean Megan Scott, President and Dean, California Western School of Law

Sean Scott is the newly appointed President and Dean of California Western School of Law, assuming this position in August 2020. Prior to this Dean Scott was a tenured faculty member of the faculty of Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and served as Senior Associate Dean of Loyola as well the Associate Dean for Faculty. Prior to joining the faculty, she was an associate at the Los Angeles based firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips. She is a graduate of Smith College and New York University School of Law. Dean Scott spent the 2018-19 academic year serving as the Associate Director of the Association of American Law Schools. Dean Scott serves on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Schools (SALT).