What is the AALS?
The AALS is a non-profit educational association of 172 law schools representing over 10,000 law faculty in the United States. The purpose of the Association is “the improvement of the legal profession through legal education.”
What is the Annual Meeting?
The AALS Annual Meeting, held in early January each year, is the largest gathering of law faculty in the world. Over 3,500 law teachers, librarians, and law school administrators from member schools, non-member schools, and law schools of other nations attend the Annual Meeting.
How can I be a part of the Annual Meeting ?
The theme for the 2012 Annual Meeting centers around academic freedom and academic duty – including threats to tenure and to academic freedom, and the concomitant academic duty obligations that arise out of our status as tenured professors. There have been many serious threats to academic freedom arising from the environment and the polity: a law faculty member arrested in Rwanda for his pro bono representation of an opposition candidate in an election matter there; a law faculty-journal editor sued for criminal libel in France for publishing a book review; law school clinics reviled for their work as well as threatened legislatively and in the courts in Maryland, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, and in several other states; a law scholar sued for her research on family law, whose university chose not to indemnify her; a law review that pulled a piece from publication, following threats from the company criticized in the article; and other law faculty and non-law faculty punished for their views.
1. The AALS Section on Antitrust and Economic Regulation and the Section on Law & Economics will hold a joint program on Behavioral Economics and Antitrust Law during the AALS 2012 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The program will focus on the influence of Behavioral Economics on Antitrust Law and Policy. Those with an interest in the subject are encouraged to submit a draft paper or proposal via email to Bruce H. Kobayashi, at bkobayas [at] gmu [dot] edu by September 1, 2011. Decisions will be announced by September 30, 2011.
2. In connection with the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in Washington, D.C., the AALS Section on Alternative Dispute Resolution will be sponsoring a panel discussion on “The Supreme Court and the Future of Arbitration.” Over the past twenty five years, the range of disputes subject to binding arbitration – particularly as a result of pre-dispute arbitration agreements — has grown dramatically. Eligible papers may address any topic related to the future of arbitration. Both essay and article length papers are welcome. The Southwestern Law Review has agreed to publish the winning paper and other papers submitted by program panel members (subject to final approval of the paper from the editors of that publication). The deadline to submit a draft paper is Thursday, September 1, 2011.
3. Submissions and nominations of articles are now being accepted for the second annual Fred C. Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility. To honor Fred’s memory, the committee will select from among articles in the field of Professional Responsibility with a publication date of 2011. The prize will be awarded at the 2012 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Please send submissions and nominations to Professor Samuel Levine at Touro Law Center: slevine [at] tourolaw [dot] edu. The deadline for submissions and nominations is Sep. 1, 2011.
4. The Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Civil Procedure has invited the submission of papers for presentation at the Annual Meeting of the AALS January 4-8, 2012, in Washington, D.C. The topic of this panel will be “Procedural Reform: Rulemaking v. Legislation.” Procedural reform has enjoyed (or suffered from, depending on one’s point of view) considerable attention in recent years. Procedural topics are in the mainstream media. Supreme Court cases have reformed bedrock principles. Rulemakers regularly debate amendments to an ever-expanding corpus of rules. And the legislative branch seeks to undo some reforms while initiating still others. Drafts of the papers submitted for consideration must be received by September 1, 2011. Submissions should be sent to tmain[at]pacific.edu .
When is the Meeting?
The meeting is scheduled between 4 – 8 January 2012.
Where can I find more information?
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