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December 28, 2007

Gearing up for the (innovative?) 2008 edition of AALS annual meeting

I am now in gear-up mode for next week's Association of American Law Schools meeting in NYC.  (Of course, co-blogger Gene Koo was way ahead of me and has organized great some AALS events discussed here.)

This year there are a large number of official AALS panels for would-be law school innovators (which is not surprising given that the AALS meeting theme this year is "Reassessing Our Roles as Scholars and Educators in Light of Change").  Though I won't be able to make all the LSI-friendly sessions (some of which are at the same time!), the following panels are ear-marked in my program:

Friday, Jan. 4 (full schedule here)

  • Section for the Law School Dean
    The Carnegie Report on Educating Lawyers from the Perspective of the Law School Dean
  • Section on New Law Professors
    New Law Faculty as Catalysts for Change
  • AALS Concurrent Plenary Session:
    Rethinking Legal Education For The 21st Century
  • AALS Concurrent Plenary Session:
    E-Expertise: How blogs, SSRN, Listservs, On-line Research Resources, and Other Electronic Technologies are Changing the Legal Academy of the 21st Century
  • AALS Committee on Libraries and Technology Program
    Scholarly Gatekeepers and Electronic Information: Brave New World?
  • Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities
    The Total Package: Utilizing Public Service to Bring Legal Practice into the Doctrinal Classroom

Saturday, Jan. 5 (full schedule here)

  • Section on Continuing Legal Education
    The Educational Continuum for Lawyers: Collaborations Among the Academy, Bench, and Bar
  • Open Source Program
    Implementing Scholarship
  • Section on Balance in Legal Education
    What Does ‘Balance in Legal Education’ Mean?”
  • Section on Scholarship
    The Future of Legal Scholarship

This is only an abridged list of LSI-friendly sessions at AALS this year.  Notably, even the curmudgeonly Orin Kerr notes here that "whatever the past failings of the AALS, this year's offerings look much better than the usual ones."  And Eric Muller provides here a link this his essential AALS-meeting user's guide.

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You should also add: Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research: "Writing Across the Curriculum: Professional Communication and the Writing that Supports It" to your list. It is scheduled for Friday at 8:30. Some of the most innovative scholarship these days is coming from legal writing scholars.

Scott Fruehwald
Hofstra University

Posted by: Scott Fruehwald | Dec 28, 2007 3:18:18 PM

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