Northwestern Law Dean Daniel B. Rodriguez has been appointed president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the non-profit educational association that serves as the academic society for law teachers and is the nation’s principal representative of legal education to the federal government and to other national higher education organizations.
Rodriguez will serve a one-year term as AALS president beginning in January 2014. His appointment was announced January 6, 2013, at the annual AALS meeting in New Orleans. He will succeed Leo P. Martinez, professor at University of California, Hastings, and current AALS president.
Rodriguez has contributed significantly to the work of the AALS over the years, serving most recently on the executive committee from 2009 to 2011. In addition, Rodriguez previously chaired the Section on Legislation and Law of the Political Process (2004) and served on the executive committees of four other sections. He has also served on ABA-AALS joint site teams, and has chaired a special site visit for the AALS. In addition, he has served on two AALS Standing Committees: Libraries and Technology and Curriculum Issues.
AALS is a voluntary membership organization of 176 law schools representing more than 10,000 law faculty in the United States. Founded in 1900, the association’s purpose is “the improvement of the legal profession through legal education.”