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January 4, 2005

Press Contact: Jodi Bart, UT Law Communications, (512) 471-7330.

President Torres, Professors and Staff Member to Speak at 2005 AALS Meeting

AUSTIN, Texas — UT Law professor Gerald Torres will serve as president for this year's meeting of the American Association of Law Schools on Jan. 5-8 in San Francisco. Ten other law faculty and staff members will speak on scholarly topics or hold important leadership positions.

Torres was named president-elect at the January 2003 annual meeting and began his one-year term at the January 2004 meeting.

UT Law professors and a staff member will participate in a number of important roles at the meeting including:

David Anderson will speak on a panel titled “Future of the Press in a Time of Managed News” in the section on Mass Communications Law on Fri., Jan. 7.

Lynn A. Baker will speak on a panel titled “From Warren to Rehnquist and Beyond: Federalism as Theory, Doctrine, Practice, and Instrument” in the section on Federal Courts on Fri., Jan. 7.

Philip C. Bobbitt will speak on a panel titled “Popular Democracy” at the Workshop on Democratic Governance, The Structure of Representation on Thurs., Jan 6. His work is the subject of the AALS Plenary Session I on Law, Philosophy, and Foreign Affairs on Fri., Jan 7.

Sherry Clark, the coordinator of International Student Programs, will speak on a panel titled “Different Perspectives on Study Abroad Programs” on Sat., Jan. 8.

Stanley M. Johanson represents UT Law as a member of the 2005 AALS House of Representatives.

Terri LeClercq will reside as chair of the section on International Legal Exchange on Sat., Jan. 8.

Sanford Levinson will participate in a plenary session on engaged scholarship that focuses on Philip Bobbitt's work on Fri., Jan. 7. He will moderate a panel titled “Fighting Terrorism with Torture: Where to Draw the Line?” in the section on National Security Law on Sat., Jan. 8.

Gerald Torres will preside over the Executive Committee Meeting, host the President's Dinner and luncheons, give the welcome for the Workshop on Democratic Governance, and deliver the President's report to the AALS House of Representatives . He will also speak on legal education at the Special Meeting and Continental Breakfast for Beginning Law Teachers, and speak to the Executive Committee and American Society of International Law Program on the Relationship of Transnational Law to International and Comparative Law . Additionally, he will moderate the Executive Committee Program on Affirmative Action, the Section on Professional Responsibility's panel on the Professional Responsibility of the Law Professor, and the Executive Committee Program on the Solomon Amendment.

Louise Weinberg will chair the section on Federal Courts. She has chaired that section three years running, first having been elected Program Chair (2002), Chair (2003), and then Acting Chair (2004). Professor Weinberg was also elected Chair/Program Chair (2005-06) of the AALS section on Admiralty.

Jay L. Westbrook will be commenting at the Debtor-Creditor section on Steve Lubben's paper, along with Baird and Rasmussen.

Related Links:
2005 AALS Annual Meeting:
Professor Torres Named 2003 President-Elect of AALS:
UT Law Faculty Contributions to 2004 AALS Annual Meeting: