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Presidential Address

Access to Justice
at the Second  Meeting
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Annual  Meeting

By Paul Marcus,
AALS   President,
January  6, 2017

T  hank you for the kind
   introduction and warm
welcome. It is my honor and
privilege to serve as the President of the Association of American
Law schools for 2017. I will be continuing in the footsteps of
some remarkable individuals who have served our association
with tremendous distinction in recent years: Reese Hansen,
Michael Olivas, Lauren Robel, Leo Martinez, Dan Rodriguez,
Blake Morant, and, of course, Kellye Testy. To you, and to
those who served before you as Presidents and members of the
Executive Committee, I applaud you.

I also need to emphasize what a terrific job our Executive
Director, Judy Areen, has done over the past few years.

I want to thank some special people very close to me, people who
have traveled far to be here today: Richard and Susan Fybel from
Irvine, and Tina and Dick Morgan from Idaho. Rich and Dick
were classmates, and our families have been close for more than
40 years. Also, the person closest to me, my wife Becca Nimmer
Marcus. Thank you, my dear.

Before going forward, I'd like to pay a special tribute to a very
special person. Just a few months ago we lost someone very close
to many people here: [LSAC President] Dan Bernstine. He was
my friend, my mentor, my advisor. What a wonderful person,
terribly missed.
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Highlights from the 2017

Annual Meeting

M ore   than 2,500 law school faculty, deans, and staff attended
     the 111th Annual Meeting of the Association of American
Law Schools from January 3-7, 2017, in San Francisco. The event
is the largest worldwide gathering of law deans, faculty, and
staff and featured over 1,000 speakers at more than 250 sessions
covering a wide range of legal topics.
                                   Continued on page 15

President's Report

on 2016

AALS House of Representatives,
First  Meeting

By Kellye Y. Testy, 2016 AALS Past President and
Dean, University of Washington  School of Law

Iwant to begin by saying, first and foremost, thank you for your
  support during my year as AALS President. I have been able to
meet with many of you and visit many of your schools. One thing
this year has done is make me even more confident in the future
of our legal academy. I stand in admiration of the way that our
law schools are responding to a very challenging environment,
and responding with the kind of help that our world desperately
needs and craves.

When I chose Why Law Matters as my theme last year, I was
choosing something that I believe in from my life experience:
the importance of the rule of law for human flourishing. I am
personally devoted to seeking justice through law. Little did I
know, as time went by, how the events of our day would make
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  Annual  Meeting  Program
  Cmmte.   Chair
* Susan  Carle,
  AALS   Professional
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