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1994 Newsl. 1 (1994)

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Number 94-1

February 1994

                                             The President's Message

From Disney World to Mardi Gras:

new directions in legal education
by Rennard Strickland

      I'm deeply honored to have
been nominated to be your 92nd
President of the Association of
American Law Schools. At the
beginning of this conference when
I spoke to the mini-workshop on
tokenism and leadership, when I
said that I thought I was a very
unlikely president, Herma Hill Kay
reminded me that I should not say
that because it made it look like
her Nominating Committee was an
unlikely nominating committee.
      I will only repeat what a
number of my colleagues have
cynically suggested. It seems somehow appropriate that I become a presi-
dent at a meeting held in Disney World.
      In defense of the chair of that Nominating Committee, I believe
Herma had some information about my long association with the Disney
operation itself. Soon after I graduated from law school, I became involved
in a controversy between a Hopi Kachina maker who was making Mickey
Mouse Kachinas and the Disney people. They did not take well to this, nor
did they listen to my arguments about cross-cultural relevance. I still
possess the field mouse Kachina which the Hopi Kachina maker chose to
substitute for Mickey.
      I thought that perhaps in my 20-plus years in legal education I had
gained additional skills, so in preparation for my presidency I talked with
Jane La Barbera, and she and I began the process of creating for this
meeting that quintessential of all modern works of art, a t-shirt, the official
AALS 1994 t-shirt. And on it we were to have the poster of the only
animated Disney film about law called The Trial of Donald Duck. And it
would say at the top, From Disney World to Mardi Gras, New Directions
in Legal Education, the theme of my presidency.
                                                        continued on page 2

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Bylaw amendments
acted on by House

  At its 1994 meeting, the House of
Representatives passed amendments
to Bylaw Section 5-4, Executive
Committee Regulations and Rulings
and Bylaw Section 6-3(a), now titled
Design and Mission of Juris Doctor
Degree Program.
  The antecedent version of Bylaw 5-
4 provided that amendments to Exec-
utive Committee Regulations (ECRs)
take effect sixty (60) days after they
are promulgated by the Executive
Committee unless one-fourth of
member schools object. The House
adopted a proposed change that re-
duces the number of schools that are
required to object to ten (10).
  After being tabled during the 1993
House session because of concerns
expressed about one of the proposed
ECRs, the proposed amendments to
Bylaw 6-3(a) were adopted at the
1994 meeting. The concern ex-
pressed in 1993 related to proposed
ECR 2.6 which would have preclud-
ed a joint degree program with a
foreign institution if a student would
receive more than one semester of
credit for work at that institution.
                  continued on page 5

What's Inside...

Touro admitted to
membership ....

Annual Meeting '94
Photos  .......

Clinical Conference
to be held in June


.....  11-13

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AALS Dates to Note ...... 20

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