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2003 Newsl. 1 (2003)

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February 2003                                                                             Number 2003-1

                                                                                  The President's Message

The Association as the Learned Society for Law Professors

   by Mark Tushnet

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

The theme I have chosen for this year is the role of the
Association as the scholarly association for law
professors. Here I will sketch some aspects of the work
that can be done on continuing to enhance that role,
extending the work that has already been done by a series
of my predecessors.
    Before addressing two specific aspects of the
Association's activities as a learned society, I want to
frame my discussion with reference to two features of
the Association that affect those activities. The first is
obvious from the Association's name: Although the
Association is indeed the learned society for legal
academics, it is actually an association whose members
are law schools, not law professors. Second, the

AALS has new member
On January 2, 2003, the Oklahoma City University School
of Law became the 1651 member of the Association of
American Law Schools at the Annual Meeting. Oklahoma
City was welcomed unanimously by the AALS House of
Representatives at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
   The Oklahoma City University School of Law com-
 menced operations in 1952, although its history can be
 traced back to predecessor institutions operating in earlier
 decades. It received accreditation from the American Bar
 Association in 1960. The law school pursues policies
 which reflect a commitment to equality of opportunity in
 legal education.
   The current dean of the law school is Lawrence
 Hellman, who has been dean since July 1998. Dean
 Hellman has been a member of the OCU law school faculty
 since 1977. The law school has 27 full-time tenured and
 tenure-track professors.

Association is an
association of
professional schools.
Both of these
features affect the
scholarly agenda.
    The first, and
probably the more
important, of the
topics is the
Association's activity AALS PRESIDENT MARK TUSHNET
in connection with
the pending Supreme Court affirmative action case
involving the University of Michigan and its law school.
The Association has filed an amicus brief in the case,
which draws the Court's attention to the specific benefits
of affirmative action for legal education.

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