The Association of American Law Schools (AALS) has selected Dan Rodriguez, a law professor at The University of Texas School of Law, to serve on its executive committee for a three-year term beginning in January 2009. Professor Rodriguez teaches and writes about law, political science, and public policy.
The AALS is a nonprofit association of 168 law schools, whose purpose is the improvement of the legal profession through legal education. It serves as the learned society for law teachers and is legal education’s principal representative to the federal government and to other national higher education organizations.
“I am pleased to serve the organization,” said Rodriguez, whose nomination to the executive committee was recently announced. “While I don’t know any of the particular hot policy issues that are before the organization, it seems that every year one or more issues of significant controversy arises within the association,” he said. “I am particularly interested in how the AALS promotes innovation in legal education and I hope that during my term I can make a positive impact on the profession.”
The executive committee, comprised of six members with staggered terms, is, along with the association’s president and president-elect, is the governing body for the AALS. The executive committee meets several times during the year to make and implement the policies of the organization.
Over the years, several members of The University of Texas School of Law faculty have served the AALS in key leadership positions. Past presidents of the AALS include Gerald Torres, Jerre Williams, Page Keeton, and Charles McCormick.
Rodriguez was appointed to the University of Texas-Austin faculty as the Minerva House Drysdale Regents Chair in Law in July 2007. He came to Texas from the University of San Diego School of Law where he was the Warren Distinguished Professor of Law. He served as dean of that law school from 1998 until 2005 and, before that, was a tenured professor of law at the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law).
Rodriguez, a nationally prominent scholar in administrative law, local government law, statutory interpretation, and state constitutional law, is also an elected member of both the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation. In addition to his appointment at the UT Law School, Rodriguez is a fellow in law and public policy at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University.
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