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1986 Newsl. 1 (1986)

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                              PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

                                THE 1986 AGENDA

                          By Susan Westerberg Prager

             It seems appropriate in this first newsletter of 1986 to note
    with special admiration Roger Cramton's ability and determination to
    focus the Association during his year as president on a number of
    ideas.   Roger proposed that the AALS create an Association sponsored,
    peer reviewed, scholarly journal.  He called for scholarly papers at
    the New Orleans     annual meeting, beginning    a     tradition which
    strengthens our program by encouraging scholarship, particularly on
    the part of younger scholars.      He boldly suggested that we work
    significant changes in the time, place and manner of law placement
    (perhaps through the device of a series of regional recruiting
    conferences), and he challenged the prevailing view of accreditation.
    While many of us will undoubtedly have difficulty embracing all of
    Roger's ideas, (I certainly have had my share of disagreements with
    his views, particularly those on accreditation), we owe him a great
    deal for creating one of the most lively and productive of the
    Association's 85 years.
             As I anticipate the coming months, I realize that much of our
    time will be devoted to further assessing and implementing a number of
    the ideas Roger has not only presented but caused to be evaluated
    during his term as AALS president.        We will work to bring the
    scholarly journal into being, starting with the search for its first
    editor, a search which Professor Richard Stewart of Harvard will
    chair.    A Joint Committee of the National Association for Law
    Placement and our Association will assess the possibilities for wide-
    ranging  changes   in  the  law placement process, using Professor
    Cramton's reconception as the starting point for discussion. We will
    attempt both to review the AALS accreditation standards and to
    redirect the AALS accreditation process to focus more on serious
    problems and less on minor ones. The theme that connects the projects
    which Roger outlined     is the one that he made central in his
    presidential address, the importance of focusing the Association on
    its role in strengthening the central academic mission of our law
    schools.   That, of course, is an ongoing theme that has played an
    increasingly large role in the work of the AALS during the last
    decade, as the Association's professional devleopment program has been
    developed and refined.
             The most important new work during this year will be the
    selection of a successor to Millard Ruud, who will be retiring as our
    executive director in July 1987.      Because Millard is truly irre-
    placeable, President-elect Vic Rosenblum and I plan to devote much of
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