Professor Judith Areen Appointed Interim Executive Director of AALS

July 1, 2013 —

Professor Judith Areen Professor Judith Areen

Georgetown University Law Center Paul Regis Dean Professor Judith Areen has been appointed to serve as the interim executive director of the Association of American Law Schools, effective December 1.

“Judith Areen is a well-known and well-respected figure in legal education,” said AALS President Leo P. Martinez, professor at the University of California Hastings College of Law. “We are fortunate that a colleague of Judith Areen’s stature, scholarly focus on higher education, and extensive experience with AALS is willing to serve as interim executive director and chief executive officer.”

Areen, who served as executive vice president and dean of the Law Center for 15 years (1989-2004) and as interim dean in 2010, was the president of AALS in 2006. She has also served on the association’s executive committee. A member of the Georgetown Law faculty since 1972, Areen’s areas of academic expertise include higher education and family law. The second edition of her casebook on Higher Education and the Law will be published by Foundation Press in 2014. The sixth edition of her Cases and Materials on Family Law (with Marc Spindelman & Philomila Tsoukala) was published in 2012. She is the author of numerous law review articles including "Accreditation Reconsidered," 96 Iowa L. Rev. 1471 (2011); "Governing Board Accountability: Competition, Regulation, and Accreditation," J. C. & U. L. (2010); and "Government as Educator: A New Understanding of First Amendment Protection of Academic Freedom and Governance," 97 Geo. L. J. 945 (2009). 

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, a director of the Pro Bono Institute, and Chair of the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee.  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. 

Areen is a graduate of Cornell University and the Yale Law School. 

The AALS is a non-profit educational association of 176 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.”