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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

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I agree with this analysis. The main problem is that the conference producers have very different goals for the conference than the attendees. The AALS staff hierarchy thinks of this conference primarily as a fund-raiser for its operations (according to their IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2008, the annual meeting fees accounted for roughly a third of the AALS annual operating budget of roughly $5.7 million). It it also uses the conference to maintain its cred as the principal organizational representative of U.S. law school faculty. Secondarily, the then-Chair of group frequently uses the conference as a platform to advance a personal intellectual agenda, e.g., Prof. Moran's trendy "Transformative Law" theme this year. None of these institutional goals correspond well with the consumerist objectives of attendees, who what to get something in return for their money. I'm not sure there's any way to resolve this tension other than for attendees to simply think of their time at the conference as a vacation or, better, as a personal or institutional contribution to the AALS coffers, presumably for the betterment of the legal professoriate.

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poor form on the lousy breakfast! even if you're at a rubbish conference or event you can usually take comfort in the fact the buffet will be good!

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