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February 2002                                                                          Number 2002-1


AALS PRESIDENT DALE WHITMAN
addresses the House of Representatives at
the Annual Meeting.

              INSIDE
   Professional Development
   Proposals Wanted
   The AALS Professional Develop-
   menclt Commilittee seeks proposals
   fo(r workhops anid conference.
   Page 6.

   Annual Meeting Photos
   Photograiphs fromi the AnnulM
   Meeting-, hel~d inl Jlanuary inl New
   Orleanils, atppear on pages 12 and
   13.

   2002-2003 WNorkshops and
   Conferences
   Tentative descriptions are pro-
   vided for several professioial
   develpient programs planed
   for the nlext alcademlic y7ear.
   Page 12.


                                           The President's Message

President's Address at 2002 Annual Meeting
   by Dale Whitman

   My friends, I am pleased to have the opportunity to talk with
you today about legal education and the Association's work. I
expect that many of you feel as I do - that deciding to make
your career in legal education was one of the wisest moves you
ever made. We are incredibly fortunate to have the working
conditions we enjoy: good colleagues, bright students, excellent
relative compensation, and the opportunity to work on the topics
that we consider to be of greatest importance. Few occupations
can match that set of conditions. While we sometimes complain a
bit, we ought to reflect on how blessed we really are.
       A good deal of the credit for the progress legal education
has made is owed to the Association's superb staff. This year the
Association will celebrate its 102nd birthday. While I'm reluctant
to mention names for fear of omitting others who are equally
deserving, I do want to pay special tribute to the Association's
Executive Director, Carl Monk, and to Associate Director Jane
LaBarbera. Carl is now completing 10 years in his present capac-
ity, and Jane has served for more than 20 years. Our Deputy
Director position rotates every two years, and is currently held by
Professor Veryl Miles of Catholic University. We have been
remarkably fortunate to have the dedicated and loyal service of
these talented people and their colleagues on the staff in Washing-
ton.
       We have just completed a self-study of the Association
that will be available for all of you to read. In my talk today, I
want to cover two main topics. First, what has the Association
done of importance over the past ten years, and what should it be
doing in the future? Second, what has happened in legal educa-
tion in the last decade, and what are its challenges for the near
future?
       Improving membership review. Let me begin with the
Association. Most of you are familiar with the services it pro-
vides: the professional development workshops, the faculty
directory, the annual faculty recruiting conference, and our
participation with the ABA in the sabbatical inspection process.
Several years ago, we made a conscious decision to drop the use
of the term accreditation in describing our involvement in the
inspection of our member schools. The Accreditation Commit-
tee became the Membership Review Committee, and it began

                                          (Continued on page 2)


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