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1996 Newsl. 1 (1996)

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Number 96-1

March 1996

The President's Message

Academic Perestroika

Ry Wallace D. Loh

  Members of the House of
Representatives, colleagues, and friends:
  I'm honored to be asked to serve as the
p6th president of AALS - especially
Since I might be considered a fallen
  To invert a well-known epigram: in
ur profession, those who can, teach;
hose who can't, practice; and those who
an do neither - well, they become
ampus bureaucrats. Thus, I accept the
residency with respectfulness and
esolve, mindful of the high responsibility
ou are entrusting to me.

AALS Presidency
   Since the founding of AALS in 1900,
some of the most distinguished men and
women in the history of legal education
have occupied this office. I don't
presume to be able to fit into their
oversized shoes, but I have my own stride
and direction.
   If I'm confident that I shall be a good
3teward, it's because I'm helped by good
people. I'm privileged to count on the
wise counsel of my colleagues on the
Executive Committee, on the
-ontributions of so many volunteer
-ommittees and section members, on the
Outstanding support and leadership
provided by our Executive Director, Carl
Monk, and on the unequalled dedication
and capability of the AALS staff. The
leadership of AALS is truly a collective
   I can ask for no better role model than
President Judith Wegner, who has served
this past year with transforming acumen
and exemplary grace. By her vision in

launching a Resource Corps of trained
faculty to help member schools learn
from each other, by initiating a self study
of the AALS so that it can better serve the
membership, and by addressing with
balance and lucidity the seismic changes
that are now occurring in the
accreditation of law schools, Judith has
helped bring us together as a learned
society and a learning society.
   I want to thank Betsy Levin, the
former Executive Director, for recruiting
me to participate in AALS activities
nearly a decade ago. I' ve learned and
grown substantially as a result of that
participation and her mentorship.
   Emerson said that an institution is the
lengthened shadow of its leader. The
shadow I cast was formed by my life
experiences and values. I came to this
country at the age of 15, alone, without
much money or knowledge of English,
but I was sustained - as generations of
immigrants before and after me were
sustained - by faith in the American
dream: that this is the land of liberty and
hope, that with hard work and equal
opportunity, nothing is beyond's one
   Today, 35 years later, I'm proud that
the American dream lives on. I'm
humbled by the opportunity to serve this
distinguished Association. I know that
nothing is accomplished solely by dint of
one's own efforts. This day was made
possible by the bittersweet struggles for
equality carried out by generations of
pioneers that preceded me. It was made
possible by the values for which AALS
has come to represent: A passion for
justice; a devotion to education as the
great equalizer of conditions in a

Wallace Loh

democracy; a commitment to broadening
the boundaries of inclusiveness of our
profession, especially at a time when that
commitment is under assault nationwide.
I hope that the symbolism and conduct of
my presidency will encourage the
increasingly diverse students now in
higher education. The message is that

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