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February 2004                                                                         Number 2004-1


The President's Message


Engaged Scholarship: Meaning and Action
By Gerald Torres
(The following is the Presidential Address of Gerald Torres Before the House of Representatives at the 2004 Annual Meeting in January.)


                          At the risk of being
                          accused of hubris I want
                          to tell you all a secret.
                          When I came into law
                          teaching almost twenty-
                          five years ago, one of
                          the first things I noticed
                          as I thumbed through
                          the program book was
                          the list of people who
                          had served as president
                          of this Association. I am
not embarrassed to admit that it inspired in me a
secret hope that I might one day serve as president
of the Association and feel as though I had earned
the right to join the list that I first surveyed so long
ago.


University of Nevada becomes 166th
Member of AALS

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S.
Boyd School of Law has become the 166th member
of the Association of American Law Schools. On
January 3, 2004, at the Annual Meeting the Law
School was welcomed unanimously by the AALS
House of Representatives.
   The William S. Boyd School of Law of the
University of Nevada Las Vegas, opened in August
of 1998, and is the only law school in the state. It
was created by an act of the legislature in 1997 after
years of debate within the state over whether to
establish a law school. It achieved full accreditation
                                   Continued on page 8


  Without wanting to venture an opinion on
whether I have indeed earned it, let me say that I am
deeply honored to find myself realizing that
youthful fantasy. But let me also add that between
those early days and today I have tried to be of
varied service to this organization. That service has
been gratifying. And it has given me an interesting
perch from which to witness the continual evolution
of both the Association and the law schools that it
serves. We have moved quite far in the direction of
being the learned society for legal academics, and
we have continued to develop additional ways to be
of service to both the law schools and the
profession. Let me now address both some of where
we have been, what we have accomplished and

                                   Continued on page 2



                     INSIDE


  Call for Scholarly papers
  Deadline, eligibility requirements and other rules
  for the Association's annual Scholarly Paper
  Competition appear on page 15.


  Annual Meeting Photographs
  Pictures from the Annual Meeting in Atlanta last
  month appear on pages 12-13.


West and Foundation Press are proud sponsors of the Association of American Law Schools
       and provide complimentary printing and mailing to AALS and its members

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