Thursday, May 10, 2007

AALS Section Newsletter Contains Wealth of Updates, Resources

Posted by Alan Childress
The AALS's Professional Responsibility Section, chaired this year by Russell Pearce at Fordham, has generously agreed to let LPB post its Spring 2007 newsletter for access to those who did not already receive it via membership or subscription channels such as email.  It can be downloaded as a pdf fileLee_151x266 from this link: Downloadspring2007newsletter.pdf.  Thanks to its general editor, Randy Lee at Widener-Harrisburg (right), as well as Russell Pearce and the board of the section, for making this available.  I know that I read the newsletter regularly and assume that many others would appreciate it too, regardless of section membership.  For example, I would think new and occasional teachers in the field, who have not joined the section, would benefit from its contents.

This installment has a wealth of updates and resources in the field, useful not only to teachers and writers on the legal profession and professional responsibility, but also to practitioners, judges, and observers of the profession interested in the subject of legal ethics.  Russell Pearce offers an editorial on the place of teaching legal ethics and ethics scholarship in the hierarchy within law schools.  Some schools are recognizing its importance but there have been a few worrying steps backward as well. 

Member announcements include a conference on public obligation October 17-19 at Samford's Cumberland School of Law, and one next March at South Carolina on mentoring and professionalism.

Fred Zacharias (San Diego) provides a comprehensive bibliography of recent published scholarship and symposium issues in the field.   And Roy Simon (Hofstra) has helpfully summarized many state actions on ethics rules, national developments, and ABA rules changes.  For the state-by-state recent developments, Roy provides links.  Susan Carle (American) summarizes and organizes recent developments in the case law.  All of these contributing editors encourage submissions and give their email addresses.

The newsletter is designed and produced by Paula Heider at Widener.

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