Wednesday, February 12, 2014
AALS, Press Release:
The Association of American Law Schools has appointed Judith Areen of the Georgetown University Law Center to the position of Executive Director. Areen has been serving, since the fall of last year, as Interim Executive Director of the association. She follows Susan Prager, who served as Executive Director for five years and now leads Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Areen has been a long-time member of the Georgetown faculty, currently serving as the Paul Regis Dean Professor of Law.
Leo Martinez of the University of California, Hastings, President of the AALS during 2013 and the chair of the search committee, notes that "Judy Areen has a rare combination of expertise, experience, and stature. She is unquestionably the right person to lead the AALS in these uncommon times." This view is echoed by another search committee member and 2012 AALS President, Lauren Robel, Provost of Indiana University: "Judy Areen is a tireless leader with proven vision and integrity, as well as an overarching understanding of all the issues facing our member law schools."
Judy served for fifteen years as Executive Vice President for Law Affairs at Georgetown and Dean of its Law Center. Her service as dean was, by every measure, extraordinary. A former Georgetown colleague and past AALS president, Mark Tushnet of Harvard Law School, notes that "Areen is one of a handful of great law school deans in the past half century."