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2012 AALS News 1 (2012)

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Association of American Law Schools Presidential Address 2012
Lauren K. -Robe!, Uiversi) of Indiana Maurer School of Law, Blooming to
    Last week, the National LawJournal published its Top Io Law
School Stories of 2011. Mercifully, one of them involved a
dog. The NLJ reported that a compassionate Yale law librarian
brought Monty the dog to the stacks to soothe students' exam-
jangled nerves.
    The remaining nine stories constituted the past year's bill of
particulars against law schools. The stories were arrayed along a
fairly narrow spectrum from dreadful to horrible: breaches of
data integrity; calls for Congressional hearings about law school
debt or graduate unemployment; declining applicants; high
and rising law school costs; lawsuits by graduates; and claims
that legal academics are, in the NLJ's striking summary, ivory
tower-dwelling chin strokers who neglect to teach their students
how to practice law.

    Perhaps law schools should have engaged more adorable
animals this past year!

    Many law faculty, administrators, and staff who have committed their lives to legal education are deeply
disheartened and dismayed by the past year's barrage of negative press, consumer class actions, and senatorial
suspicion. Some of the critics frame their stories in ways that cast those in the academy as the adversaries of our
                                                         students and graduates. To most of us who make our
          in tlives in the legal academy, these stories have been
                                                        painful, sometimes excruciatingly so. Our vocation
   8 AALS Administration and Stewardship of IALS Has Ended  commits us to do our level best to honor and bring to
   9 2012 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education    fruition the hopes and dreams of the human beings
                                                        who entrust their futures to us - and to do this with
   11 Nomninations for AALS Executive Committee and      full knowledge that we are preparing our graduates
      President-Elect                                   to be the guardians and advocates of those who will in

   11 2012 Annual Meeting Podcasts                      turn entrust their futures, dreams, hopes, businesses,
                                                         families, and lives to them. This is not trivial work, and
   12 AALS Workshop on Torts, Environmnent and Disaster  few could sustain it without the deeply human rewards

   14 2012 AALS Workshop on When Technology Disrupts Law: it brings. Much of the human joy of being a teacher
      How Do IP, Internet and Blo-Law Adapt?             comes from the long arc of trust and relationships we
                                                        build with our students and graduates. At our alumni
                                                        reception here a few days ago, I stared intently into

   20 Call for Proposals for Crosscutting Programns for the face of a former student until I conjured his name.
      2013 AALS Annual Meeting                           He had devoted his life to the JAG corps. He was now
                                                        a colonel, and that life had been filled with integrity,
                                                        purpose, and service. All of our lives are measured
   24 Upcoming Workshops for Your New Law School Faculty most meaningfully by the successes of such a student,
      and the Workshop for Pretenured People of Color    and the intense pleasure of seeing a graduate build
      Law School Faculty                                 a career of integrity and purpose is unmatched. Too

   26 It's a Banner Year for Memnbership                 many of our graduates face the disappointment and

   2 Standing Room Only at the 2012 Workshop on the Future of                               continued on page 2


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