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February 1999

Number 99-1

The President's Message

President's Address

     By Gregory H. Williams

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

     Members of the House of Representatives,
colleagues and friends: it is an honor and privilege to
stand before you today. When I read the names of the
true giants of legal education who have proceeded me
to this podium, I am truly humbled. As a young boy
growing up in the midst of poverty and division in my
home state of Indiana, I never thought my path in life
would bring me to this place. However, as Justice
Holmes said, the life of the law has not been logic but
experience, and I hope and trust that my experience
will serve me well this year as your president.
     Nonetheless, be assured that even if experience
fails to keep me on a true course, there is an outstand-
ing Executive Committee which will support my

and limit
my short-
In fact, one
of the
of my time
in legal
has been to
serve on the
and work
with Carl
Monk and
other law    WILLIAMS, speaking at the Annual
faculty and  Meeting in New Orleans.
staff across
the nation who have given much of their time and
energy to the Association.
     No one reaches this point without the help and
assistance of many people. I have a long list of family
and friends who have been incredibly supportive of me
over the years, and I thank them. I especially remem-
ber my father who, were he living, would be 85 years
old today. I would also like to thank some of our
former presidents who have offered me many words of
encouragement and support: Frank Strong, David
Vernon, Susan Prager, Rennard Strickland, Judith
Wegner, John Sexton and Deborah Rhode. Their
names will always be associated with the very best in
legal education.
     I am particularly honored to follow Deborah
Rhode as president. Her focus on the professional
responsibility of law schools is one that I fully support
and I hope the AALS, and each law school, will
continue to create a Culture of Commitment to Pro
Bono activities. Deborah has brought us closer to that
goal, and I am pleased that the new AALS Section on
Pro Bono Programs will continue her work.
     Over the past few months I have thought a great
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