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1988 Newsl. 1 (1988)

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ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN LAW SCHOOLS * ONE DUPONT CIRCLE * WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036 * NO. 88-1 FEBRUARY 1988
                          PRESIDENT HUBER LOOKS TO THE YEAR AHEAD
     (Presented to the House of Representatives of the Association of American Law Schools, January 9, 1988,
 Miami Beach, Florida)
     While this has been a year of major change in legal education, the main event for the AALS has been the
 retirement of Millard Ruud as our Executive Director. For myself and, I am certain, for all of you I want to
 thank him for the extraordinary wisdom, knowledge and experience he brought to this role. Gratitude is an
 Inadequate word to recognize his importance to legal education. Fortunately, In Betsy Levin we have found a
 remarkable replacement. I want to thank her for the assistance she has already given me. We were also
 fortunate that this period of transition was presided over by Vic Rosenblum who, besides having a nearly
 infallible instinct for finding good delicatessens, has provided the Association with excellent leadership,
 and me with the tutelage I have needed to succeed him.
     It is too obvious to more than mention that we have been undergoing and surely will continue to undergo
 major changes in legal education. The reduction In demand for legal education and Its consequent effect on
 financing is an urgent and immediate problem. Changes in the professional leadership in the Law School
 Admissions Council, and the appointment of new Executive Directors for NALP and CLEO, as well as our own
 change, may have substantial impact on the manner in which these organizations serve us.
     As President Rosenblum will undoubtedly note in his report, the Committee on Membership should this coming
 year be making Its recommendations, with anticipated standards that focus on quality, not quantity, and which
 encourage diversity. Because these proposals are expected to represent a markedly different focus, although
 having the same purpose in general as our present membership requirements, they will surely generate debates.
 This review Is a part of what I hope will be a continuing review of our functions and our organization. I
 hope the Executive Committee will concur in a recommendation that we formally review the work of the
 Association, and our relationships with our fellow legal educations organizations. This will not be the work
 of one year but, particularly when an operation is going well, a reconsideration can be strengthening, and it
 is time that the Association have one. Certain issues are obvious targets for study. One that will be
 brought up today is the role of the House of Representatives. While I anticipate that the Membership
 Committee report will give us the opportunity for a vital discussion next year, the House is arguably
 by-passed by procedures under which issues are directly referred to the law schools, and also by a complex and
 extensive committee structure.
     Another issue is clearly the overload on the national office. Six and seven day weeks, including much
 work well into the night, is neither healthy nor efficient. I could refer to a number of other issues that
 also reflect some strains in both organization and roles, but I think a committee that will, first, determine
 what is going well and what not so well, and second, consider what changes, if any, will assure that our
 potential for leadership and guidance is being met, will assist us in functioning as we should.

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                                                CONTENTS

       President's Address                   1               Annual Meeting Photographs      4,5
       LSAC News                             2               AALS Deputy Director Search     8
       Professional Development Committee    2               IACL                            8
       Building Plans for Law Schools  2

            EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: BETSY LEVIN  EDlIOR: STEVEN R. SMITH, DEPUTY DIRECTOR
                     ASST. EDrIOR: CHRISTINE M. CHATHAM, ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
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