Professor Judith Areen Appointed Executive Director of AALS

February 12, 2014 —

Judith Areen, the Paul Regis Dean Professor of Law Judith Areen, the Paul Regis Dean Professor of Law

Judith Areen, the Paul Regis Dean Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, has been appointed executive director of the Association of American Law Schools. She has served as interim executive director since November 2013.

“Judy Areen has a rare combination of expertise, experience, and stature,” said Leo Martinez, president of the AALS during 2013 and chair of its executive director search committee. “She is unquestionably the right person to lead the AALS in these uncommon times.” 

A member of the Georgetown Law faculty since 1972, Areen’s areas of academic expertise include higher education and family law. She served as executive vice president and dean of the Law Center for 15 years (1989-2004) and as interim dean in 2010.

“Judy has achieved great success in the leadership roles she’s held within Georgetown. She will undoubtedly serve the AALS well in this new position,” said Georgetown President John J. DeGioia.

“Judy’s insight and intellect have greatly benefited Georgetown Law. As the legal academy confronts unprecedented challenges, the AALS has much to gain from her as well,” said Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor

Areen was president of the AALS in 2006, and has also served on its executive committee. The second edition of her casebook, Higher Education and the Law, will be published by Foundation Press later this year. The sixth edition of her book, Cases and Materials on Family Law (with Marc Spindelman & Philomila Tsoukala), was published in 2012. 

Areen has also worked in the private sector and in government at the local and federal levels. Between 1977 and 1980, she served in the Office of Management and Budget as director of the Legal Representation Project. She became general counsel to President Carter’s Reorganization Project and served as special counsel to the White House Task Force on Regulatory Reform during the same period. 

Areen is a member of the American Law Institute, and a director of the Pro Bono Institute.  She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, a governor of the District of Columbia Bar, and a member of the Council of the Section on Legal Education of the American Bar Association. Her professional contributions have been recognized by the 2005 Janet Reno Torchbearer Award of the Women’s Bar Association of the District of Columbia, and in her selection as Dean of the Year in 2003 by Equal Justice Works. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Yale Law School. 

The AALS is a non-profit educational association of 178 law schools representing over 10,000 law faculty in the United States. The purpose of the Association is “the improvement of the legal profession through legal education.”