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CUA Faculty Members Among Speakers at AALS Annual Meeting

Three Catholic University of America law professors will serve as panelists and/or moderators at the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), held Jan. 4 to 8, 2012, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. (top).

Professors Sandy Ogilvy, Lisa Lerman, and Heidi Schooner are scheduled participants at the group’s mid-winter meeting. The AALS is a non-profit educational association of 172 law schools representing over 10,000 law faculty in the United States. Its purpose is “the improvement of the legal profession through legal education.”

Highlights include:

Thursday, Jan. 5 

The Columbus School of Law hosts an evening reception in the hotel’s Taft Room attended by Dean Veryl Miles and members of the faculty.

Friday, Jan. 6

Professor Ogilvy will speak about “Teaching and Learning in Pro Bono and Service Learning Programs,” a panel organized by the Section on Pro Bono and Public Service. As the introductory speaker, Ogilvy will outline the history of pro bono and service-learning programs and briefly discuss some of the basic skills that students learn from such experiences.

Professor Lerman moderates “Unplanned Interactions: Practical, Ethical, and Legal Guidance for Faculty Working with Students in Distress,” a discussion sponsored by the AALS Committee Program of the Standing Committee on Bar Admission and Lawyer Performance. Four panelists examine ways in which professors might better act as “first responders” to student problems such as anxiety and depression, addiction, other mental health problems, and problems relating to learning disabilities.


Sunday, Jan. 8

Professor Schooner co-moderates “Rubber Hits the Road: Implementing Dodd-Frank amid Reform Fatigue,” organized by the Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services. Authors present papers that explore the state of financial reform implementation in a still-weak national and global economy, against reform fatigue, polarization, and the risks of regulatory capture. The session provides an opportunity to look at specific rulemakings in detail, as well as to address larger questions about the course of reform after laws are made.

Saturday, Jan. 7

Professor Mary Leary is a scheduled presenter at the 2012 Annual Conference on Christian Legal Thought, sponsored by The Lumen Christi Institute and The Law Professors’ Christian Fellowship. Since 2005, the two groups have co-sponsored a one-day conference held in conjunction with the AALS annual meeting. This year the conference panels will address a variety of topics including the role of public unions, legal pedagogy, free speech and moral discourse, and the vocation of Christian lawyers and law teachers