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Presidential Address

Why Law Matters,
at the Second  Meeting  of the AALS   House  of
Representatives,  2016  Annual  Meeting

By  Kellye Y. Testy,
AALS   President,
January  9, 2016


G   ood afternoon, and
    thank you for that
incredibly warm welcome.
Thank you, Blake
[Morant] -you have been
an amazing president of
AALS, and it is an honor
to take the handoff from
you, my brother of the
heart and spirit. I just
want to remind you, and Dan [Rodriguez], that you can check
out, but you can never leave. Please join me in recognizing and
thanking Blake Morant for an amazing term.

Thank you all for being here this afternoon. Before I share a
few remarks about the upcoming year, I also want to quickly
thank several others, because we are all a product of investment
that others make for us: first, my family members who are here
today. I also want to say a very deep thanks to three institutions
that have been incredibly important to my development as an
academic and as a professional. I want to begin with my alma
mater Indiana University of Bloomington, a great thanks to all of
my faculty there and especially to my friend and mentor Lauren
Robel. And of course, I grew up at Seattle University and spent
17 years of my academic career there; it's been important to my
development and I have such high regard for the school and

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Highlights from the 2016

Annual Meeting


M ore   than 3,000 law school faculty, deans, and staff attended
     the 110th Annual Meeting of the Association of American
Law Schools (AALS) from January 6-10, 2016, in New York City.
In accordance with the Meeting's theme of From Challenge
to Innovation: American Legal Education in 2016, programs
focused on novel thinking and fresh perspectives on law and
legal education during a time of profound change in the legal
profession. The event is the largest worldwide gathering of law
deans, faculty, and staff and featured over 800 speakers at more
than 200 sessions covering a wide range of legal topics.

The conference's opening plenary program on Thursday featured
two of the authors of Lawyers as Professionals and Citizens:
Key Roles and Responsibilities in the 21st Century Benjamin W.
Heineman, Jr., Former Senior Vice President for Law and Public
Affairs, General Electric and David B. Wilkins, Harvard Law
School.

The purpose of the essay was to put an emphasis on the
imperatives of the lawyers' responsibilities in an age when too
much discussion is on economics, said Heineman. It also
calls for collaboration between law schools, law firms and legal
departments.
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I Inside


5  Presidential
   Report on 2015


7  Spotlight on
   Sections:
   Constitutional Law &
   International Law


12   AALS  Welcomes
     New  Member
     School


182016 Workshop for
     New  Law School
     Teachers


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