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Preparing for AALS 2017

As a brand new year stretches out before us, promising just as much excitement and interest as the last, we look forward to the latest exciting Association of American Law Schools (AALS) annual meeting in 2017.

This year’s meeting will have the theme of “Why Law Matters” and will provide fresh and novel insights into today’s most important issues in law and legal education.

The 2017 AALS meeting will take place from the 3 – 7 January 2017 at the Hilton Hotel in Union Square, San Francisco. The AALS is a non-profit association of 179 American law schools that aims to uphold and advance excellence in legal education.

Conference highlights include:

  • Children and the Law – Don’t miss Jonathan Todres on 5 January, 1.30pm – 3.15pm, speaking on “Children As Decisionmakers: Legal, Social, and Scientific Perspective.” In advance of the panel, learn more about human rights and children’s literature.
  • Scholarship – “Scholarship and Activism: Writing to Protest and for Social Change” on 5 January, 1.30pm – 3.15pm. Keynote speakers include Jonathan H. Adler, author of Business and the Roberts Court, and Randy E. Barnett, author of The Structure of Libert.
  • AALS President’s Program – “Great Expectations: The Competencies, Skills and Attributes that Employers Seek in our Graduates” on 5 January, 1:30pm ‐ 4:30pm.
  • National Security Law – “New Voices in National Security Scholarship Works in Progress” on 5 January, 3:30 pm – 5:15 pm. Moderator: Rachel VanLandingham, author of U.S. Military Operations: Law, Policy, and Practice.
  • International Law – “Implementing the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Challenges and Opportunities on the Road Ahead” on 6 January, 8:30 am – 10:15 am. Moderator: Lan Cao, author of Culture in Law and Development: Nurturing Positive Change
  •  Law and Interpretation, Co-Sponsored by Jurisprudence – “The Work of Professor William Eskridge on Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation” on 6 January, 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm. Speaker: Neil H. Cogan, Editor of The Complete Bill of Rights: The Drafts, Debates, Sources, and Origins, Second Edition.

You can find out more about these events and others in the conference program.

We recommend visiting the following sights and attractions while in San Francisco:

  • Browse contemporary and modern art works at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum, Yuerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
  • Extending your trip beyond the conference? Spend a day hiking amongst the Redwood trees or spot some Ewoks at Muir Woods National Monument. If you prefer something more leisurely, visit the numerous wineries in Napa and Sonoma.
  • San Francisco is a great place for those who enjoy nature. Enjoy a run or stroll in some of the many parks including Land’s End, Golden Gate State Park, and Baker Beach.
  • Take a stroll around Civic Center Plaza and United Nations Plaza, built to commemorate the United Nations Conference on International Organization (UNCIO), which took place in San Francisco back in 1945. It most notably resulted in the drafting of the United Nations Charter, signed on 26 June 1945 and came into force in October 1945.
  • Visit Herbst Theatre, distinguished as the historic site of the United Nations Charter signing in 1945, it is now the primary venue for many of the Bay Area’s premier cultural organizations , including San Francisco Performances, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, New Century Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Music San Francisco.
  • Attendees can also visit Alcatraz Island by taking a ferry across San Francisco Bay.  Alcatraz was the site of a notorious federal prison from 1933 to 1963, housing some of the most infamous mobsters and violent criminals of the day, including “Machine Gun” Kelly, Al Capone, and Whitey Bulger.

If you are attending this year’s AALS meeting, don’t forget to visit the Oxford University Press booth #9-11, where you can browse our array of books, and take advantage of the 20% conference discount. Stop by to enter our prize draw for a chance to win an iPad mini, pick up a free access password to our collection of online law resources, and browse our law journals. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook for updates from the meeting.

The team here at Oxford University Press wish you a very successful and enjoyable AALS 2017!

Featured image credit: “law-books” by 193584. CC0 Public Domain via Pixabay.

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