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AALS Presidential Address
January 4, 2014
Daniel B. Rodriguez
Members of the House of Representatives, visitors and guests, I am glad to be with you in
this setting and I am pleased and honored to be serving the Association of American Law
Schools as its president for 2014. I want to thank all of my executive committee colleagues
with whom I have served, both in this past year as the president-elect and in my previous
stint as member of the EC. I would also like to thank the two extraordinary leaders of the
association with whom I served during my time on the EC, Susan Prager and Judith Areen. I
know I speak for all of us in the association in saying how grateful we have been to have able
energy and leadership from these two lions and legends of legal education.

So far as my own road to this position is concerned, I am grateful to all of my colleagues in
the legal academy and certainly to my friends and family for their support and guidance. In
my career as a law professor, I have been a faculty member at four outstanding law schools:
Berkeley, San Diego, Texas, and, for the past two years, Northwestern. These four institu-
tions, along with my alma mater, Harvard Law School, have contributed immeasurably to
what I have accomplished as a professor and an educational leader.

So here we meet again. To paraphrase the great Tennessee Ernie Ford, we're another year
older and deeper in debt - or at least deeper into the chaos that is our present lot in legal
education. With another year, comes another address by an AALS president about the sig-
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        Dean andHarold Wshington Professor, Northwestern University School ofLaw (2012-present). Previously:
        Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law, The University of Texas (Austin) School ofLaw (2007-
        2011); Dean and Warren Distinguished Professor ofLaw, University of San Diego School ofLaw (1998-
        2007); Professor ofLaw, University of California (Berkeley), Boalt Hall School ofLaw (1988-98).

        The Global Importance of a Strong
        Future Relationship Between Chinese

        and U.S. Law Schools

        Elizabeth R. Parker
        Dean Emerita, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and Chair,
        AALS Advisory Committee on Global Engagement

        Speech to the China Association of Legal Education
        at the Forum on Legal Education and the Legal
        Profession, October 19, 2013

        Good morning, President Zhang, Dean Han, distinguished delegates, and dear
        Chinese and American friends.

        It is a pleasure to be back in China, my fifteenth visit to seven of your provinces,
        but my first to historic Changsha and Hunan Province. It is an honor to address
        the 2013 Annual Meeting of the China Association of Legal Education, represent-
        ing the Association of American Law Schools and its 167 member schools. Thank
        you for your warm welcome to me and my American colleagues.

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