McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge at AALS 2018 Part I

January 17, 2018

Graphic showing involved faculty

McGeorge School of Law faculty organized and moderated various sessions at the 2018 AALS Annual Meeting, held Jan. 3 - 6 in San Diego, Calif.

Michael T. Colatrella, Jr. & Jeffrey Proske, Organizers and Moderators

  • AALS Discussion Group: Professional Identity Development Tools to Help Law Students Meet the Needs of Today's Clients. According to a recent survey, as many as 25 ABA-accredited law schools have adopted professional identity development courses or programs to help students develop the self-awareness, character, and perspective necessary to be excellent counselors. This Discussion Group joined a diverse group of legal educators from around the U.S. who have taught professional identity development courses or performed professional identity development mentoring at their institutions. Each discussion participant presented an exercise, assignment, reading, simulation, or other resource they have used to enhance their course or program and to improve student learning outcomes related to professional identity development.

Franklin A. Gevurtz & Jarrod Wong, Organizers and Moderators

  • AALS Discussion Group: Foreign Interference in Elections. Investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are currently dominating the news. Yet, foreign interference in other nations' electoral politics is not limited to recent years, and Russia is not the only country that attempts to influence elections. In fact, the United States itself has engaged in covert and overt attempts to influence other elections. This Discussion Group explored the legal and policy issues raised by such interference. Among the questions addressed were: (1) Is there any accepted customary international law regarding what are unacceptable efforts to influence elections outside of one's borders? What players are subject to such laws and what remedies can nations pursue if they are victims of interference that violates international law? (2) How do laws in different nations attempt to limit the influence of foreign nations and parties? (3) Do the principles underlying freedom of speech (the marketplace of ideas) extend to efforts by those outside of the nation to influence elections (even if specific domestic protections do not apply)? Do efforts by those outside the nation to influence elections, if successful, undermine the democratic legitimacy of the outcome?

o HAROLD HONGJU KOH, Yale Law School at the AALS International Breakfast

  • McGeorge AALS International Programs Breakfast. The 2018 Annual McGeorge AALS International Programs Breakfast was titled "Trumping International Law: A Counter-Revolution in Legal Education, Scholarship and Faculty Initiatives." It gathered international law faculty attendees to share their efforts in their pedagogy, scholarship and programming initiatives to research, publicize, and respond to the Trump administration's upending of the international law regime. The wide-ranging discussion considered both general questions such as the likely impact of current U.S. foreign policy on international law and the Administration's relationship to treaties, as well as specific and concrete endeavors such as the work of law school clinics in advocating for children's rights at U.S. detention centers and the filing of briefs in travel ban and transgender military ban cases, and the launching of blogs, films, and other media to educate the public about the effects of Trumpian policies on international law and institutions. View photos here.

    The breakfast featured the following speakers:

    • Warren Binford, Willamette University College of Law
    • Paul R. Dubinsky, Wayne State University Law School
    • Harold Hongju Koh, Yale Law School
    • Stephen McCaffrey, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
    • Leila Nadya Sadat, Washington University School of Law