Faculty Active at AALS Meeting
January 11, 2013
Pacific McGeorge faculty members were active in leadership roles and as presenters at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association on American Law Schools, which was held Jan. 4-7, 2013, in New Orleans.
Michael Malloy was one of the organizers and speakers at a roundtable session sponsored by the Society of Socio-Economists. He was honored by publisher Wolters Kluwer with a plaque marking the 25th anniversary of his publication, The Corporate Law of Banks, now a three-volume treatise in its second edition titled Banking Law and Regulation. Malloy spoke on the past quarter-century of banking regulation and, later in the day, delivered a paper on "Executive Compensation Regulation," at a panel on corporate parenthood and governance.
Frank Gevurtz was a panelist on a presidential workshop at a concurrent session on "Innovating to Globalize the Curriculum in U.S. Law Schools," that included Raquel Aldana. At the annual Pacific McGeorge International Programs Breakfast, he moderated a discussion on "Everything You Wish You Had Said During Yesterday's Workshop on Globalizing the Curriculum." He also was a commentator on a discussion of "Outcomes, Measures and Assessment in International Legal Exchanges" sponsored by another section.
Michael Vitiello spoke on his prolific marijuana scholarship and assessed possible outcomes in the conflict between federal and state law at a smoking-hot topic program, "What Happens When 'Legalize It' Moves from Slogan to State Law?"
At the Breakfast for Advocacy, Dispute Resolution, and Clinical Law Faculties, Michael Colatrella discussed the increased need for law schools to partner with public institutions to mitigate the decrease in public legal services due to budget cuts and to provide law students with greater experiential learning opportunities with shrinking law school budgets. To illustrate innovative public-private partnerships, Professor Colatrella described two recent additions to the clinics: Pacific McGeorge's Section 1983 Prisoner Civil Rights Mediation Clinic and the Housing Mediation Clinic. Both of these clinics receive significant resource support from the public institutions they serve. Professor Colatrella also facilitated a discussion among breakfast attendees of the innovative ways their schools are partnering with public institutions to improve both the education of its students and the legal services in their communities.
Ruth Jones, a member of the executive committee of the Section on Teaching Methods, was responsible for selecting speakers and organizing the section's program. She also moderated the panel discussion, "Sharing Methods and Materials for Collaborative Teaching Methods." In addition, Jones served as a mentor for the Women in Legal Education Speed Mentoring event.
Dean Francis J. Mootz III was a panelist on a Section on Women in Legal Education program. Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker moderated the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Global Engagement's "listening session."
Courtney Lee gave a presentation, "Assess Me Once, Shame on You: Creating and Assessing a Continuum of Support for At-Risk Law Students," for the Section on Academic Support's Program. She was later elected to the section's governing board and named co-editor of the section's publication, The Learning Curve. She was confirmed to a second year on the Section on Balance in Legal Education board, and will serve as the liaison between her two sections.
The LexisNexis Law School Advisory Committee named John Sprankling to its board. The board comprises nine professors from law schools across the country. It provides advice to LexisNexis, a major legal education publisher, on issues relating to law school publications.