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                                                                                 The President's Message

President's Address: Recommitting to Teaching and Scholarship

   (Editor's Note: The following is the Presidential Address
of Mary Kay Kane Before the House of Representatives at
the 2001 Annual Meeting in January.)

  By Mary Kay Kane
  It is both a thrilling and humbling experience to
speak to you this evening and to begin my year as the
AALS President. My excitement I am sure you can
imagine. But as I reflect on some of the great Presi-
dents in AALS history and, as I see the enormous talent
and dedication of our many AALS faculty members
who serve as leaders in the sections, on various AALS
committees and task forces, and on the Executive
Committee itself, I cannot help but wonder, Why
me? I am awed by the legacy of those before me as
well as the task of making a meaningful contribution as
your President in 2001. What I know, however, is that
the success of the AALS rests on the collaborative
efforts of the many extraordinary faculty volunteers
and staff members who are the ones who really make
things happen. Thus, one of the reasons why this year
will be so rewarding for me is because of the opportu-
nity it gives me to work with all of them-with all of
you-and I am deeply grateful.
   This year marks the first of the new century. It thus
seems an appropriate time to stop and to take stock of
just how far legal education and law schools have come
in the past 100 years, as well as to reflect on the
question of what legacy we want to leave for those in
legal education when the 22nd Century unfolds. This
opportunity for reflection is not an indulgence; it is a
necessity. We live in a fast-paced world, with almost
daily changes and challenges raised by technology and
globalization. It is critical for us to take stock of where
we are and where we want to be so that we can adapt to
the changes around us in a way that preserves our core
values, while enhancing and furthering our teaching,
scholarship, and public service missions.

AALS Presidents Mary Kay Kane and Elliott Milstein at the
AALS Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

  My three immediate predecessors as President of
AALS, Deborah Rhode, Greg Williams, and Elliott
Milstein, focused on the public service mission of law
schools and law teachers during their terms. They have
identified clearly for us the problems of achieving
diversity in the profession, of sustaining a commitment

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Printing and Distribution Courtesy of West Group and Foundation Press

February 2001

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