The American Association of Law Schools has announced a workshop on Professional Responsibility in Montreal on June 13-14, 2005. The conference is entitled, Legal Ethics in a New Millennium: New Practice, New Rules, New Visions. Topics include: (1) The Changing Legal Profession: Culture Sociology, Economics, Globalization, Demographics, (2) The Changing Legal Profession: Values, (3) The Changing Legal Profession: Values as Expressed in Rules, and (4) The Changing Legal Profession: Pedagogy (The Challenges of Teaching).
I have attended the AALS workshops in the past and find them to be very high in quality, however, I do criticize the AALS for the high cost of attending the conference which ranges from $430-$480. I believe that the AALS should hold substantive workshops at a member law school site. In today's world of law school promotion, there should be a queue of schools willing to host conferences for no fee, perhaps even with a complimentary reception and/or dinner. The cost of hosting such a conference would be far lower than the brochures that schools send out each US News season to increase the school's exposure to voting faculty. And, the benefit would be far greater to the hosting school. How many of those brochures make it past the mailroom trash can?