January 9, 2012
McGeorge faculty members were active on several fronts at the Association of American Law School's Annual Meeting, which was held Jan. 4-8, 2012, in Washington, D.C.
The meeting's main sessions examined such crucial issues as: financing legal education and its implications on financial aid and student debt; the restructuring of the professoriate; the institutional balance of instructional technology, distance learning, and asynchronous faculty-student interaction; service learning and skills training issues; and more creative curricular developments in the third year of the J.D.
Befitting its reputation as a national leader in two important and dynamic areas of legal education, McGeorge once again hosted two breakfast sessions, the first on Jan. 6 for international law professors, and the second the following day for advocacy law faculty members. Professor Frank Gevurtz, the director of the law school's Global Center for Business & Development, led a roundtable discussion on "Rethinking the International Curriculum" at the former session. Professor Michael Vitiello, the director of the law school's Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution, released the latest results of the National Advocacy Practice Survey at the latter event.
Distinguished Professor Michael P. Malloy was one of the principal speakers at a roundtable session sponsored by the Society of Socio-Economists on the opening day of the annual meeting. He spoke on "Permeable Economies, Not Globalized Economy: The Situation and Performance of Financial Services Markets." Later in the day, he chaired a panel on "Socio-Economics in Teaching and Advocacy." The following day, Malloy twice delivered a presentation of his paper, "Governing Foolishness: A Comparative Analysis of Executive Compensation Rules" during a two-part, morning/afternoon panel of the AALS Section on Socio-Economics.
Professor Paul Paton, who serves as the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission's reporter, spoke on "Alternative Legal Practice Structures, Alternative Business, and the Future of Legal Services Delivery" on Jan. 5 at the "Concurrent Session: Innovation in Delivering Legal and Law-Related Services."
Gevurtz did a presentation on "Disregarding LLC's Formed for Non-Business Purposes" at the Section on Agency, Partnerships, LLC's and Unincorporated Business Associations on Jan. 6.
Professor Raquel Aldana gave a presentation on "Theory into Practice: The Globalization of Legal Education to Address the Changing Realities of Legal Practice" at the International Legal Exchange Section on Jan. 7. As co-president of the Society of American Law Teachers, she led McGeorge's contingent at SALT's annual dinner that was held in conjunction with the AALS meeting.