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2006 AALS News 1 (2006)

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Chapman and
Roger Williams Join AALS

On January 4, 2006 the AALS
House of Representatives unani-
mously voted to admit Chapman
University School of Law and the
Roger Williams University Ralph
R. Papitto School of Law into
membership of the Association.
   The Executive Committee found
both schools had fulfilled and were
capable in the future of fulfill-
ing the obligations of membership
in the Association as stated in the
Bylaws and Executive Committee
Regulations. The Committee
therefore recommended that they
be admitted to membership.
   The Chapman University
School of Law is the descendant
of Hesperian College, an institu-
tion that began operation in 1861;
in 1934 it was renamed Chapman
College. Chapman College moved
to Orange County, California,
in 1954 and became Chapman
University in I99I. The School
of Law admitted its first class in
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Expanding Knowledge and Serving Our

Communities: Academic, Civil and International
(Editor's Note: The following is the Presidential Address ofJudith Areen before the
House of Representatives at the 2006 Annual Meeting inJanuagy.)

Professor Judith C. Areen, Georgetown Universiy
2006 AALS President

Members of the House of
Representatives, colleagues, friends
and family: it is a great privilege
to serve as President of the AALS,
which for more than a century has
worked to improve the legal pro-
fession through legal education.
   Leadership of the Association is
very much a shared enterprise, and
I am fortunate to have the guidance
of a superb Executive Committee
and AALS staff. I extend my deep-
est thanks to each of you, par-
ticularly to Carl Monk, Elizabeth
Patterson andJane La Barbera.
   I also want to thank the four
Association presidents I have
been honored to serve under
for your leadership and friend-
ship - Deborah Rhode, Greg
Williams, Elliott Milstein and

Bill Hines - and to extend a
warm welcome to the incom-
ing members of the Executive
Committee: Reese Hansen,
Robert Post and Nancy Rogers.
   This is an Association that
depends on the dedicated service
of many volunteers. To all of our
committee members, chairs, section
leaders, speakers and the members
of this House, I extend my personal
thanks for your many contribu-
tions. The Association would not
function without your good service.
   For three years now, presidents
of the AALS have focused on our
scholarly mission. Mark Tushnet
began the new emphasis in 2003
when he highlighted the role of the
AALS as the learned society of the
legal profession. In 2004, Gerald
Torres celebrated engaged scholar-
ship and the unique opportunity
we have as legal scholars to engage
the humanities generally as well
as the social and natural sciences
in the study of law, legal institu-
tions and their role in creating and
understanding the world we live in.
For this past year, Bill Hines has
encouraged empirical research, by
reminding us that it is essential to
inquire whether the law is based on
correct assumptions about how the
world works and people behave.

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