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1997 Newsl. 1 (1997)

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Feburary 1997

Number 97-1

                                                                        The President's Message

The Academic Calling: From Independent Contractor

to Common Enterprise

   By John Sexton

   (Editor's note: The following is President Sexton's
speech before the AALS House of Representatives at the
Annual Meeting in January.)

   Members of the House of Representatives, colleagues,
and friends. I am honored that you have asked me to serve
you as the president of the AALS. The Association was
founded in 1900. In the years since, some of the most
distinguished men and women in legal education have
occupied this office. I will not fill their shoes, but I promise
you my best effort.
   As I move to this assignment, I could have no better role
model than President Wallace Loh, who has served with
wisdom and grace. From his unique vantage point, he has
helped us begin to think about the future. He has led us to
the path we must walk, and he has caused us to begin
charting the journey. As the years go on, our gratitude to
him, which already is great, only will grow. Wallace, we
thank you.
   Shortly after I was named Dean at NYU in 1988, my

Nominations for President-Elect
EC members invited

       The Nominating Committee for 1998 Officers
and Members of the Executive Committee, chaired by
                          (Continued on page 16)

Criminal Law
professor, Jim
called to
me. His words
at the time
give me some
solace today
-just as they
should reas-
sure you. He
said: John,   John Sexton gave this speech at the
not even a     AALS House meeting on January 6,
person of your 1997.
potential will
be able to sink a ship as mighty as NYU. As I reflect
on Jim's wise words, I am certain that the Association
is safe as well.
   One very good reason we need not worry is that I
can count on the wise counsel of my colleagues on the

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