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2010 AALS News 1 (2010)

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the president's message

Principles to Guide Us
H. Reese Hansen, Brigham Young UniversiyJ. Reuben Clark Law School

The following is the Presidential Address of H. Reese Hansen before the House ofRepresentatives at the
AALSAnnual MeetingonJanuay 9, 2010.


   I want to begin my comments to-
night by expressing my deep grati-
tude for the honor and privilege
of serving this year as president of
the Association of American Law
Schools. My first experience with
AALS was in the 1970's at an an-
nual meeting held in New Orleans.
I enjoyed New Orleans then, and I
am glad to be back this year, par-
ticularly to see the city's recov-
ery, so far, from the devastation of
Hurricane Katrina.


   Over my now rather long pro-
fessional life as a law professor and
dean, I have had many opportuni-
ties to work with and come to know
scores, even hundreds, of people in
legal education. I am very proud to
say that I am a law professor. I re-
ally believe I have the best job in
the world, both because I am con-


vinced the work of training law-
yers is very important and because
I love the people and ideas that fill
my work days. My work with the
professionals and volunteers in the
Association has enriched my life
and been the basis of many cher-
ished friendships. I am profoundly
grateful for the Association and for
the people who do its work so well.
It has been my privilege to serve
on the Executive Committee of the
Association under the leadership
of four outstanding presidents:
Judith Areen, Nancy Rogers, John
Garvey, and Rachel Moran. Each of
them has provided remarkable and
distinguished guidance to the work
of the Association. Particularly
tonight, I want to express special
gratitude to Rachel Moran for her
wonderful leadership during her
presidential year which concludes
at the close of this annual meet-
ing. I want also to acknowledge
the important contributions of Joe
Knight and Lauren Robel whose
terms on the Executive Committee
also conclude with this annual
meeting, along with John Garvey
who retires from    the Executive
Committee as past-president of the
Association. I extend a warm wel-
come to Professors Dorothy Brown,
from Emory, and Ann Shalleck,
from  American University, who
tonight become new members of


H. Reese Hansen addresses the
AALS House of Representatives


the Executive Committee. And
congratulations to Michael Olivas,
from the University of Houston Law
Center, our new president- elect.

   It is important to publicly ac-
knowledge the indispensable work
of the remarkable professional staff
of the Association. I was privileged
to be on the search committee that
recommended Susan Prager to the
Executive Committee to become
our Executive Director, succeed-
ing Carl Monk who had served legal
education so well for so many years.
I thought then that Susan would be
an extraordinary leader. She has
exceeded my very high expecta-
tions. I testify that we are in good
hands with Susan. We are blessed to
have the benefit of her steady guid-
ance, thoughtful advice, remark-
able judgment, hard work, and
gracious personal touch in her du-
ties as Executive Director.


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