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2015 AALS News 1 (2015)

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Presidential Address

Benefits from Challenge:
The Continual Evolution of
American Legal Education,
at the Second Meeting
of the AALS House of
Representatives, 2015 Annual

Blake D. Morant, AALS President
January 4, 2015

C olleagues and friends, it is with
    humility and honor that I accept the
presidency of the Association of American
Law Schools for 2015.

I commence my address with a salute to
Dean Dan Rodriguez for his magnificent
work as president this past year. His
outstanding leadership has raised the
profile of legal education during one of the
most challenging chapters in our history. I
indeed have very large shoes to fill. I also
salute Executive Director Judith Areen,
AALS's stellar roster of past presidents, and
the extraordinarily dedicated colleagues on
the Executive Committee for their energy
and leadership. Collectively you have
contributed mightily to the association and
I consider it a privilege to work with you
to continue the progress made in the last
year. I would be remiss not to express my
gratitude to my colleagues at the George
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Highlights from

the 2015 Annual


M ore than 2,500 law school
      faculty, deans, and staff attended
the 2015 Annual Meeting of the
Association of American Law Schools
(AALS) from January 2-5, 2015.
Programs focused on fresh perspectives
and new ideas on the state of American
legal education in keeping with the
meeting's theme of Legal Education
at the Crossroads.' Attendees had their
choice of more than 300 sessions.

The 2015 AALS Annual Meeting was
a great success thanks to the hard work
and thoughtful planning of our many
volunteers in the legal academy,' said
Judith Areen, Executive Director of
AALS. We look forward to building on
the success of this meeting to provide
additional professional development
opportunities for the 2016 meeting in
New York City.

The President's Program,
Implementing Innovation in Law
Schools' considered ways to spur new
ideas at law schools and effectively
implement needed changes. The
Section on Law School Administration

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3 Presidential
   Report on 2014:
   Observations from
   the Trenches

6  Dean Robert Post
   addresses 2015
   AALS Annual
   Meeting Luncheon

15 New Program
     Committee for
     2016 Annual

19 2015 Conference
     on Clinical Legal
     Education and
     other events

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