Two more New Legal Realists join in!

We are happy to add two new members to our blogging group here: Fred Aman and Elizabeth Chambliss.

First, we welcome yet another musician:
Alfred (Fred) Aman, Jr. served for nearly 15 years on faculty at the Cornell Law School and was director of its International Legal Studies program from 1988-91.In 1991, he became Dean of the law school at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He served in that capacity until 2002. He was named the Roscoe C. O’Byrne Professor of Law in 2000. He also was Dean of Suffolk University Law School from 2007-2009. An internationally known scholar and lecturer, Professor Aman held a distinguished Fulbright chair and taught comparative administrative law at the University of Trento in Italy in March, 1998. He has been a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Conference Center in Bellagio, as well as twice being a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge. He was elected as an alumni trustee of the University of Rochester in 1979 and continues to serve on the Board as a Life Trustee. He is the author of five books and numerous articles on globalization, administrative, regulatory, and deregulatory law, especially as it relates to the global economy. He is the faculty editor and founder of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies.
When he is not doing law, he is a jazz drummer. Fred has studied with some of the jazz greats, including Cozy Cole and Ed Thigpen. He now plays in two groups, a quartet in Bloomington, Indiana and, from time to time, a piano trio in Eugene, Oregon. Recordings are available, but you cannot buy them in stores and sales representatives are not standing by. Just ask Fred for the latest CD.

SO between Fred’s group, the Greenhouse Effect, and Riaz’s group, The French Semester — and Stewart’s ongoing Ellington guidance, we are turning into the Law-music-and-society blog!
Elizabeth Chambliss specializes in the empirical study of the legal profession, focusing on the organization and regulation of large law firms and the effects of globalization on the U.S. legal services market. Her most recent project focuses on the future of U.S. legal education, and the emergence of new organizational models for law schools in the U.S. and abroad. Professor Chambliss is one of the principal organizers of Future Ed, a year-long contest of ideas for innovation in legal education, co-hosted by New York Law School and Harvard Law School. Other current projects include an interdisciplinary, ethnographic study of large law firm culture, with researchers from law, psychology, and business management.

Professor Chambliss received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin, where she also earned a Ph.D. in sociology. Interested in the empirical study of law from the start, she chose Wisconsin because it was a pioneer of legal realism in the 1930s and is still known for studying law within the context of a social system. While at Wisconsin, she served as the assistant director of the Institute for Legal Studies, a research center within the law school that encourages the study of law in action. Professor Chambliss came to New York Law School from a four-year stint as the research director for the Program on the Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, her research focused on the emergence of general counsel in large law firms, and the implications of this professional role for law firm management and regulation more generally. She also conducted a comprehensive survey of the careers of black Harvard Law School alumni, which documents the struggles and achievements of over 650 of the nation’s leading black lawyers. Professor Chambliss currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP) and is the Editor-in-Chief of the IILP Review. Professor Chambliss has taught law at the University of Texas and the University of Denver. She was attracted to New York Law School because of the law school’s commitment to innovative teaching and research on the profession and the strength of its Center for Professional Values and Practice.

Welcome to our small but growing band of renegade law-and-society bloggers!! We anticipate a very lively post from Fred, touching on law school education reform, in March ….


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