Section on Balance in Legal Education

Date Chartered: 5/22/2007

The Section on Balance in Legal Education seeks to investigate, discover, and inspire those practices that support the well-being of law students, lawyers, and judges. The Section encourages research into the conditions that allow students and practitioners to thrive, both personally and professionally, and informs the membership of the Association of American Law Schools about the results of that research. Among other things, Section activities explore the importance of health, compassion, integrity, and ethics to the effective study and practice of law. The Section promotes continual re-examination of pedagogical practices, program content, and institutional priorities to promote the long-term best interests of law students and the constituencies they will serve.


Susan Brooks AALS Balance Section

Dear Colleagues,
Welcome to the Section on Balance in Legal Education! As the chair of the Section this year, I’m delighted to be a part of this wonderfully diverse and inclusive community of law teachers and administrators who share a strong commitment to supporting and improving the well-being of students, faculty, and others whose work and lives are connected to legal education. Our Section members also share an equally strong commitment to supporting and improving the wellbeing of the legal profession.

The Section can offer you a wide array of exciting projects, including participating in planning our program at annual AALS conferences; supporting the creation of scholarly work connected to our Section’s mission, including an on-line, searchable bibliography of published works; conducting topic calls with featured speakers; and publishing a high-quality newsletter.We also support the ongoing efforts of the Mindfulness Affinity Group (MAG), which can offer you its own topic call series, a bank of resources on teaching mindfulness and related topics to law students, as well as many other activities.As I mentioned, we regularly offer a number of events and activities during the Annual AALS Meeting, including programs focused on pedagogy as well as recent scholarship, and a contemplative space where we offer guided meditation sessions. We would love to have you join us! If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to contact me at:



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Section Officers:

ChairSusan L. Brooks, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law
Phone: 215 571 4784

Chair-ElectJennifer A. Brobst, Southern Illinois University School of Law
Phone: 618-453-8702

SecretaryHeidi K. Brown, Brooklyn Law School
Phone: (718) 532-2234

Executive CommitteeDebra Austin, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Phone: (303) 871-6205

Meredith J. Duncan, University of Houston Law Center
Phone: (713) 743-2019

J. Lyn Entrikin, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law
Phone: (501) 324-9947

Peter H. Huang, University of Colorado Law School
Phone: (303) 492-4536

D'lorah L. Hughes, Wayne State University Law School
Phone: (313) 577-9991

Calvin Pang, University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law
Phone: (808) 956-7474

Todd D. Peterson, The George Washington University Law School
Phone: (202) 994-1004

Scott Rogers, University of Miami School of Law
Phone: (305) 284-5527

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