SIU Law faculty actively involved with legal education academy at national meeting

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SIU Law faculty actively involved with legal education academy at national meeting

January 14, 2016

AALS News reports that "more than 3,000 law school faculty, deans, and staff attended the 110th Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) from January 6-10, 2016 in New York City. In accordance with the meeting’s theme of 'From Challenge to Innovation: American Legal Education in 2016,' programs focused on novel thinking and fresh perspectives on law and legal education at a time of profound change in the legal profession. The event is the largest worldwide gathering of law deans, faculty, and staff, and featured over 800 speakers at more than 200 sessions covering a wide range of legal topics."

SIU School of Law has been a member of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) since 1982. At the January 2016 AALS Annual Meeting, the following SIU law faculty presented on a broad range of topics: 

  • Cheryl L. Anderson, Moderator, The Wounded Warrior Comes Home: Exploring the Impact of Disabled Veterans on Disability, Health, and Other Law and Policy (Section on Disability Law/Section on Law and Mental Disability/Section on Law, Medicine and Health Care)
  • Jennifer A. Brobst, Moderator, Let's Talk about Trigger Warnings: Best Practices in Teaching Tough Topics, AALS Hot Topic Program (Section on Balance in Legal Education) 
  • Steven J. Macias, Introductory Speaker, What’s Next For the LGBT Movement after the Marriage Cases: Defects in Anti-Discrimination Laws and Religious Freedom Challenges (Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues)
  • George Mocsary, Speaker, “Freedom of Corporate Purpose,” Works in Progress Panel
  • Angela K. Upchurch, Panelist, The Pedagogy of Procedure: Using Civil Procedure to Showcase Innovative Teaching Methods (Section on Teaching Methods/Section on Civil Procedure)

SIU law faculty also continue to serve on AALS Section Executive Boards, including those in the following newly elected positions:

  • Jennifer A. Brobst, Chair-Elect, Section on Balance in Legal Education
  • Cynthia L. Fountaine, Secretary, Section on Women in Legal Education

  • Steven J. Macias, Chair, Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues