Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Mark Wojcik Elected as Chair of the AALS Section of International Law

Aalslogo Wojcik, Mark 2009 Co-Blog Editor Professor Mark E. Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School was elected last week in New Orleans as the Chair of the International Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools.  He will chair the International Law Section during 2010.  His term will finish in January 2011, when the AALS will hold its annual meeting in San Francisco.  The International Law Section is planning a full day program there to review the year's most important developments in international law.

Professor Wojcik teaches international law, other international courses (such as international organizations) and legal writing at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.  He is also an adjunct professor at law schools in Switzerland (University of Lucerne Faculty of Law) and Mexico (Facultad Libre de Derecho de Monterrey).  He is active in the leadership of the ABA Section of International Law and served as co-editor (with Professor William Mock) of the section's 2009 international law year in review.  He has taught in many countries around the world and is leaving this week to teach a special seminar in Jordan (with Professor Steven Schwinn).

The chair of the AALS Section of International Law for 2009 was Professor Diane Marie Amann of the Univesity of California at Davis.  During her year she worked quite hard to open up the section and broaden participation in section programs and leadership.  She organized two programs for the section at the AALS annual meeting in New Orleans.  She joins the Section's Executive Committee for 2011 as the immediate past section chair. 

Daniel H. Derby, Professor of Law and Director of International Programs at Touro Law Center was chosen as the Chair-Elect.  He will become Chair of the Section in January 2011. 

Christiana Ochoa, who was the section treasurer, was elected as Section Secretary.  She is an Associate Professor of Law at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University at Bloomington.

Professor Stephanie Farrior of Vermont Law School was elected as the new section Treasurer.  She is the Director of International and Comparative Law Programs at Vermont and the former director and general counsel of Amnesty International.

Hari Osofsky of Washington & Lee University School of Law was elected to the Section's Executive Committee.

Because it is such a large section with the Association of American Law Schools, more people applied to be on the Executive Committee than could be accommodated.  The section will be setting up a number of committees instead over the coming year to provide opportunities for professors to contribute to the work of the section.  Some of these committees will likely include programming, newsletter, and by-laws.  If you are a member of the section and would like to serve on a committee, please contact Professor Wojcik.

Continuing for another year as co-editors of the Section Newsletter are Professors Linda M. Keller of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and Annecoos Wiersema of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.



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