Law School Faculty Members and Administrators Attend AALS Annual Meeting

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

On January 2-5, 2014, Dean Michael A. Simons and a number of St. John’s Law faculty members and administrators attended the annual meeting of The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in New York City. The theme for this year’s program was “Looking Forward: Legal Education in the 21st Century,” and participants were encouraged to “engage with the challenges and criticisms facing law schools and legal education” in a range of forums. Here are some of the St. John’s Law participant highlights:

Larry Cunningham, Associate Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Legal Writing, spoke on the topic of student misconduct during a panel program presented by the AALS Section on Student Services.

Robin A. Boyle, Assistant Dean for Academic Success andProfessor of Legal Writing, participated in the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research panel, “Erasing Boundaries:  Inter-School Collaboration and its Pedagogical Opportunities.” The annual meeting also marked the end of Professor Boyle’s one-year term on the Program Committee for the AALS Section on Academic Support. 

Paul F. Kirgis, Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of The Hugh L. Carey Center for Dispute Resolution, organized and moderated the panel “ADR and the Regulator State” for the Section on Dispute Resolution. He will serve as Chair of the Section in 2014.

Marc O. DeGirolami, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Center for Law and Religion, was named the 2015 Chair-Elect for the AALS Section on Law and Religion. And Yvette Gutierrez, Director of Bankruptcy Programs, was elected the 2014 Chair of the Section on Post-Graduate Legal Education.

The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development — directed by Professor Leonard M. Baynes —hosted its annual reception for AALS minority deans, faculty, and administrators. About 100 people attended and enjoyed the two-hour event.