Sunday, January 5, 2014
Today's highlights at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York:
Presidential Workshop on Tomorrow’s Law Schools: Economics, Governance and Justice (8:45 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.):
- Leo P. Martinez (UC-Hastings) (welcome)
- Carol A. Needham (Saint Louis) (introduction)
Law School Administration and Finance: Legal Education Affordability and the Responsibility of Law Schools (10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.):
This session will be a panel discussion between faculty, administrators, and policy makers about whether legal education affordability should be a national issue and what might be the fiscal responsibilities of law schools from policy and practical perspectives.
- Michael S Dean (Mercer) (co-moderator)
- Jerome M. Organ (University of St. Thomas) (co-moderator)
- Philip G. Schrag (Georgetown) (speaker)
- James R. Silkenat (Sullivan & Worcester) (speaker)
If tomorrow’s law school will look different than today’s, the law professor of the future may look different as well. At many schools, the current model of a law teacher emphasizes scholarly training and ambition. The law professor of the future might be required to spend less time on scholarship and more on teaching. And if teaching is to be practice-oriented and skills-focused, the background required of an effective teacher may change as well. Further, if the characteristics required of a law professor continue to evolve, pressure to modify or eliminate the system of academic tenure may continue to grow. This session will examine whether and how the law professor of the future will differ from the current model of the legal educator.
- Nora V. Demleitner (Washington & Lee) (speaker)
- Meera Deo (Thomas Jefferson) (speaker)
- Judith A. McMorrow (Boston College) (speaker)
- Thomas D. Morgan (George Washington) (moderator)
- Rebecca H. White (Georgia) (speaker)
Concurrent Session: Technology in Legal Education (12:15 - 1:45 p.m.):
This session will focus on the various ways in which technology is changing the nature of practice and the delivery of legal instruction.
- Deborah W. Post (Touro) (speaker)
- Rebecca Purdom (Vermont) (speaker)
- Tanina Rostain (Georgetown) (speaker)
- Carole Silver (Northwestern) (moderator)
- Ronald W. Staudt (Chicago-Kent) (speaker)
Section on Taxation Program: Tax Reform and the Legislative Process (2:00 - 3:45 p.m.):
“Broaden the base and lower the rates.” The mantra of the 1986 Tax Reform Act was a unifying principle that yielded a broadly bi-partisan legislative process in a time of a divided Congress and a polarizing president. Today, the Congress is again divided, perhaps more so than in 1986. The legislative process has changed too. Committee Chairs have ceded more power to Congressional leadership and markups of tax legislation are less frequent. If tax reform is to take root, what sort of a legislative process will emerge? Who will make the key decisions? Who will represent the Executive branch within the Congress? How will the Ways and Means and Finance Committees work across the aisle and across the Capitol? What role will the revenue estimating staff play? Perhaps most importantly, how will the substantive areas of tax reform be addressed in the process? This panel will examine the current legislative process for tax reform, touching on areas affecting corporate and individual taxpayers and exempt organizations.
- Roger Colinvaux (Catholic) (speaker)
- David Kamin (NYU) (speaker)
- Rebecca Kysar (Brooklyn) (speaker)
- Leandra Lederman (Indiana) (moderator)
- Clarissa Potter (AIG) (speaker)
- George K. Yin (Virginia) (speaker)
Update: Chronicle of Higher Education, Educators Make the Case for Going to Law School