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Last modified: Thursday, January 13, 2011

IU Maurer School of Law dean named president-elect of Association of American Law Schools

Jan. 11, 2011

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Lauren K. Robel, dean and Val Nolan Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, was elected president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) at the annual meeting of its House of Representatives on Friday (Jan. 7). She will serve a one-year term as AALS president beginning in January 2012.

Robel earned a B.A. from Auburn University and a J.D. summa cum laude from the IU Maurer School of Law. After clerking for Judge Jesse Eschbach of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, she returned to the Maurer School as an assistant professor in 1985. She has been honored for her teaching on four occasions and was named dean in 2003.

Robel's research focuses on the federal courts, and her articles have appeared in numerous leading law journals. She is the co-author of Federal Courts: Cases and Materials on Judicial Federalism and the Lawyering Process and Les états des noirs: fédéralisme et question raciale aux États-Unis. An advocate of the synergies among teaching, scholarship, and service, Robel teaches regularly, most recently in the field of the legal profession.

Robel has been an active AALS member for many years, including a three-year term on the Executive Committee, membership on the Advisory Committee on ABA Accreditation Standards, and liaison to the ABA Council of the Section's Special Committee on International Issues. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement and on the Circuit Rules Committee for the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Robel has provided pro bono representation in criminal, habeas corpus, and civil rights cases before the Seventh Circuit and has been active in various community organizations in Bloomington, Ind.

Founded in 1900, the AALS is a non-profit educational association of 171 law schools representing more than 10,000 law faculty in the United States. The purpose of the AALS is the improvement of the legal profession through legal education. The AALS is legal education's principal representative to the federal government and to other national higher-education and learned societies.