Monday, December 10, 2012
Dan Rodriguez (Dean, Northwestern), The Present and Future of AALS?:
What are your good ideas for the AALS as an organization going forward, especially in these remarkably difficult times for legal education? I have the opportunity to play a leadership role in the association for the next little while (being nominated as president-elect at the upcoming annual meeting). My sense is that we can do much better as a group in furthering the myraid objectives of the law professoriate. Moreover, I would like to use my (small) bully pulpit to advance objectives that are critical to our collective future.
Check out the interesting comments from Rick Garnett (Notre Dame) and Paul Horwitz (Alabama), among others. Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA) offers a particularly ascerbic take in What Useful Purpose Does the AALS Serve?:
The best thing we could do with the AALS is to disband it. ... I can't think of one useful thing the AALS does except to provide a massive schmooze fest for faculty to network at taxpayer and student expense. And while that's fun, it doesn't justify the organization's existence.
Or as Edwin Starr would say: