Wednesday, January 6, 2016
National Law Journal, As Law Professors Convene, New Leader Looks to Unite Profession:
The nation’s largest gathering of law professors kicks off Jan. 6 in New York with the Association of American Law School’s 110th Annual Meeting. About 3,000 legal educators will convene for a five-day program with more than 200 sessions.
The National Law Journal spoke with incoming AALS President Kellye Testy, dean of the University of Washington School of Law, about the challenges law schools face and her goals for the coming year. Testy, whose research and teaching focuses on business law and equality issues, takes over the AALS helm from outgoing president Blake Morant, the dean at George Washington University Law School. ...
NLJ: It seems that the phrase “law school crisis” has died down a bit, yet enrollments and bar passage rates are still declining. Do you think legal education is still in crisis mode?
KT: I don’t see legal education as being in crisis at all. What I do see is that there are a lot of crisis in our world that legal education can help address. That’s part of why I’m trying to help our academy look outward and talk about the great things our schools and our profession do around what I think of as real crisis: things like incredible inequality and poverty, and violence around our world.
I think there is a steadying out now after quite a crash in the number of students our schools are admitting, but I really see a lot of people now with their feet under them and looking outward for the difference we can make in our world.