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1998 Newsl. 1 (1998)

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February 1998


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The President's Message


The Professional Responsibility of Professional Schools


   By Deborah L. Rhode

   (Editor's note: The following is President
Rhode's speech before the AALS House of Represen-
tatives at the Annual Meeting in January.)

   Members of the House of Representatives, col-
leagues, friends: it is a great honor to serve as presi-
dent of an Association that, for almost a century, has
been the national voice and collective conscience of
American legal education. The commitments of this
organization - to academic freedom, excellence,
diversity, and social justice - are central to our lives as
educators. I feel privileged to share in their pursuit and
to have the support, wisdom, and example of so many
partners in that effort.
   Leadership of the AALS is a collective enterprise
and I am blessed to have guidance from a superb
Executive Committee and AALS staff. My debts are
substantial, and identifying all of them individually would

AALS has two new members
   Two schools joined the Association of American
Law Schools at the Annual Meeting in January. New
England School of Law and South Texas College of
Law were both welcomed unanimously by the AALS
House of Representatives at its meeting on January 9 in
San Francisco.
   Both schools were recommended for membership
by the Membership Review Committee and the Execu-
tive Committee. The AALS now includes 162 member
schools.
   The New England School of Law is an indepen-
dent, non-profit institution located in downtown Boston.
Founded in 1908 as Portia Law School, the nation's only
law school solely for women, it became co-educational

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occupy the entire
session. I will limit
myself to singling out the
Director, Carl Monk, the
Deputy Director, Bari
Burke, the Associate
Director, Jane La
Barbera, and my prede-
cessors, Judith Wegner
and John Sexton. Their
unequaled talents have
immeasurably enriched  Deborah L. Rhode
this Association and my
own efforts in its behalf. I also owe a special personal
debt to Herma Hill Kay, who first lured me onto the
Executive Committee and who has inspired an entire
generation of legal educators by her work as AALS
President, pathbreaking scholar, and personal mentor.


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