My springboard today is a post about the AALS (Am. Assn of Law Schools) asking whether law schools really need the AALS and perhaps that law schools can cut from their budget their annual fee to it. My accounting supports this view.
First, my own use of the AALS, then an accounting if its pursuits. The central themes in the AALS annual meetings are never about anything relevant to my scholarship, bankruptcy and securities, and they are at an inconvenient time of the year for me, so I miss most annual conferences. As a new teacher, however, I recall obtaining some value from going to one of the AALS new teacher conferences.
From my glance at the central themes of the 15 meetings at the AALS website (appended below) I restate their focus as dealing with a changing world and producing desirable legal change with a constant underscoring of the centrality of diversity.
Deal with change, produce desirable change, and maintain pluralism? If those were truly the central themes of the conferences, I should be elated. It sounds exactly right, no? Why are we all so jaded about the AALS?