The Association of American Law Schools 2009 Annual Meeting to Feature Three Presidential...
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The Association of American Law Schools 2009 Annual Meeting to Feature Three Presidential Programs Presidential Programs entitled Institutional Pluralism, Religiously Affiliated Law Schools and Associational Pluralism. SAN DIEGO, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Three Presidential programs will take place at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting from 2:15 to 4:00 p.m. Each session will further explore the Annual Meeting's theme of Institutional Pluralism. The Annual Meeting will take place January 6-10, 2009, in San Diego. The first Presidential program, Institutional Pluralism, is designed to explore the virtues of institutional pluralism, the costs of pursuing that ideal, and the impediments to realizing it. The panelists, who come from a variety of types of law schools, will begin a conversation about how institutional differences affect faculty and students, how they contribute to our intellectual life, and what effects they have on the other values our schools cultivate. Kenneth W. Starr (Pepperdine) will serve as the moderator and speaker for this session and joining him will be: Heather K. Gerken (Yale); R. Kent Greenawalt (Columbia); Alice Gresham (Howard); Sanford Levinson (Texas); Daniel D. Polsby (George Mason). The second Presidential program, Religiously Affiliated Law Schools, brings to the forefront the AALS' 49 religiously affiliated law schools, which is about one quarter of all of AALS' 200 member and fee-paid schools. Are these 49 religiously affiliated law schools different from their secular counterparts? What effect might the religious commitments and beliefs of the sponsoring faiths have on subject matter, perspective, student life, academic freedom, admissions, hiring, and other issues? What do religiously affiliated law schools contribute to the legal academy and broader legal community? Patricia A. O'Hara (Notre Dame) will serve as the moderator and speaker for this session. Joining her will be Michael Herz (Yeshiva); Mark A. Sargent (Villanova); Bradley J.B. Toben (Baylor); and James D. Gordon (Brigham Young). The third Presidential Program, Associational Pluralism, addresses the flourishing culture of parallel organizations we have seen in recent years, including the Federalist Society, the Society of American Law Teachers, the National Association of Scholars, the Law Professors Christian Fellowship, and the American Constitution Society. Does this phenomenon signal that the AALS is not representing these points of view? Should the AALS try to assimilate these groups, or make more of an effort to accommodate them (without digesting them) in its own framework, or live with the status quo? Gail Heriot (University of San Diego and National Association of Scholars) will serve as moderator and speaker for this session. Joining her will be Margaret Martin Barry (Catholic University and Society of American Law Teachers); Michael Brintnall (Executive Director, American Political Science Association, Washington D.C.); Goodwin Liu (University of California, Berkeley and American Constitution Society); and John O. McGinnis (Northwestern University and The Federalist Society). All three Presidential Programs will occur on Thursday, January 8, from 2:15 - 4:00 p.m. at the San Diego Marriott and Marina. The entire AALS 2009 Annual Meeting program can be found on the Association's Web site at www.aals.org/am2009/. Members of the press are invited to attend free of charge. Those interested in attending are asked to notify Deborah Quick from January 6-10, 2009 at 619-645-6955. Press also may register on-site at the AALS office located in the Manchester Room on the North Tower/Lobby Level of the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina beginning Tuesday after 6 p.m.January 6, 2009, and continuing through Saturday, January 10, 2009. The Association of American Law Schools is a resource for the improvement of the quality of legal education by networking law school faculty, professional staff and deans to information and resources. AALS is the principal representative of legal education to the federal government, other national higher education organizations, learned societies and international law schools. SOURCE Association of American Law Schools David A. Brennen of the Association of American Law Schools, +1- 619-645-6955 (January 6-10, 2009)
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