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February 1995                                                                                                     Number 95-1


                                                         The President's Message

AALS as a Learning Society


By Judith W Wegner

   I'm deeply honored to be chosen to
serve this year as president of this
esteemed organization. Some of our
country's foremost legal educators-
including some of my personal heroes and
heroines-have stood where I stand today.
It is a great privilege, as well as a hum-
bling prospect, to assume this mantle and
to endeavor to carry forward their-and
your-important work.
   I'm reminded of the comments offered
to Parliament by Sir Winston Churchill on
the occasion of his 80th birthday.
Churchill had been commended by
Clement Attlee for his powerful oratory
during World War II. He said that he was
glad that his speeches had expressed
   the will not only of the Parliament but of the
   whole nation. Their will was resolute and
   remorseless and, as it proved, unconquer-
   able. It fell to me to express it, and if I found
   the right words, you must remember that I
   have always earned my living by my pen and
   by my tongue. It was the nation and race
   dwelling all round the globe that had the lion
   heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give
   the roar.


   In this era of truth in advertising, I
must hasten to assure you that-although
I'm told that this is my day to roar-I
lay no claim to being Winston Churchill.
Instead, like many of you, I come from
humble origins, a child of this country's
great tradition of public education, the
first in my family to receive a college
education, and the first to win a law
degree. It is thus, perhaps, not surprising
that I hold deep in my heart the values for
which the AALS has come to stand: a
commitment to justice for all, a devotion
to learning as the means to forge a better
world, and a dedication to collegial
strategies that model these values and
objectives. I now undertake the sobering
task of serving as the Association' s-and
your-spokesperson, of leading this far-
flung group of legal educators as we
prepare our hearts, engage our minds, and
poise ourselves as individuals and as
members of diverse institutions to face
today's challenges and prepare for
tomorrow's more challenging world.
Thesis
   I am told that the tradition on this


Bylaws Amended by the House of Representatives


   The AALS House of Representatives
voted to amend the AALS bylaws, after
some discussion at both meetings of the
House at the Annual Meeting in New
Orleans. The new Bylaw 6-9 contains all
four subsections proposed by the Execu-
tive Committee, after surviving a vote that
would have eliminated one of the subsec-
tions.
   The old Bylaw 6-9 was short and
vague, and in its entirety stated: A
member school shall offer a comprehen-
sive curriculum, a sound educational


program, and courses in various fields
often enough to afford students an
opportunity to participate in them.
   The new Bylaw 6-9, Curriculum and
Pedagogy, is designed to give more
guidance to schools in the areas of
curriculum and pedagogy while being
flexible enough to allow schools to design
their own programs. The new bylaw
states:
a. The curriculum of a member school
should be the result of a curriculum


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Printing and Distribution Courtesy of Foundation Press, Inc.


AALS President Judith W. Wegner
spoke at the Second Meeting of the
House of Representatives at the AALS
Annual Meeting in New Orleans in
January.


occasion is for the President-elect to offer
comments on his or her hopes for legal
education, and to suggest how the
Association might best, in the coming
year, foster the improvement of the legal
profession through legal education, its
continuing quest since its founding in
1900.
   For the next few minutes I will

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                 Inside

   Women in Law Schools
   Executive Committee member
   Deborah Rhode writes about the
   woman problem, and AALS
   Resarch Associate Richard White
   reports on the gender and minority
   levels in law school faculty .... 6 & 7

   Russia in the Springtime
   Executive Director Carl Monk
   reports on a recent AALS project that
   will recruit U.S. law professors to go
   to Russia and Ukraine to help the law
   schools .....................................  5

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