McGeorge School of Law

Faculty Takes AALS Annual Meeting By Storm

January 11, 2011

More than 40 McGeorge faculty members and administrators attended the Association of American Law Schools' 2011 Annual Meeting, which was held January 5-8, 2011 in San Francisco, and many served as presenters, speakers and panelists at the event.

"Our faculty members made presentations, participated in leadership roles, and were all over the meeting," said Associate Dean for Scholarship Ruth Jones, who was on the nine-person national committee that reviewed and selected scholarly papers for the conference. "My best experience was when I would meet new people, and they would look at my name tag and inform me how much they enjoyed the presentation from one of my colleagues."

Anne Bloom presented a paper on "Reframing Tort Litigation: Redefining Plaintiffs with Disabilities" at the Section on Disability Law. Frank Gevurtz spoke on "Variation and Competition in the Law Governing Unincorporated Entities" at the Section on Agency, Partnership, LLC's and Unincorporated Associations.

Jarrod Wong presented his paper, "Class Arbitration Waivers: A Case Study of Constructive Intent and the Limits of a Consent-Based Theory of Contract Law," to the Contract Section. Michael Malloy presented a paper, "Anatomy of the Meltdown: A Behavioral Look at Regulation," at a Socioeconomics Section panel.

Raquel Aldana spoke on "Immigration and Higher Education" at a panel sponsored by the Section on Education Law. She also was on a "hot topic" panel on ABA Accreditation of Foreign Law Schools: Issues and Implications," which was moderated by Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker. The latter was a panelist on the subject of "The Dean's Role Regarding Diversity in Legal Education" in a special program for deans.

Courtney Lee conducted a poster session on "Bringing Academic Support to Life with Technology" sponsored by the Section on Academic Support. Jeffrey Proske conducted a poster session on "The 1L Journaling Project" for the Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research.

Rachael Salcido was a co-organizer of a tour of the Delta, co-sponsored by the Environmental Law and Natural Resources Section. One of the speakers was alumna Kim Delfino of the Defenders of Wildlife.

Thom Main and John Myers were recognized at a reception for professors who have been honored by their schools as Teachers of the Year.

McGeorge again sponsored two breakfast receptions during the conference. The Global Center for Business & Development held an early morning event for international law faculties and members of the American Society of International Law's teaching international interest group. Gevurtz led a discussion on internationalizing your faculty's teaching and scholarship. The Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution hosted an event for advocacy law faculties. Michael Vitiello talked about the results of a McGeorge national survey of alumni satisfaction with legal education from participating law schools. Jay Leach discussed McGeorge's success in establishing the National Ethics Trial Competition and plans for a spring summit to assess its impact and the teaching of ethics in trial advocacy.