At the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) Annual Meeting in San Diego, GW Law's Sophia Sim, Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid, serves as Vice-Chair and Chair-Elect, with the Executive Board. Dean Sim's section was honored with Section of the Year, Pre-Law and Admissions to Law School. This Section was recognized because of its excellence in creating unique and interesting programming, such as sessions on GRE and optional testing, understanding the next generation, and diversity in law schools. The Section increased membership to over 400 and created awards to recognize organizations and individuals that have helped create access to legal education such as Programmatic Changemaker, Unsung Hero, and Spotlight awards.
GW Law's Professor Dmitry Karshtedt was posthumously honored with the Intellectual Property Section Award. Professor Karshtedt was a brilliant patent law scholar and beloved teacher, mentor, and colleague. Section awards are granted to individual law faculty by AALS Sections, the 106 communities within AALS organized around subject matter, administrative area, and affinity groups.
The AALS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association of 176 members and 19 fee-paid law schools. Its mission is to uphold and advance excellence in legal education. In support of this mission, AALS promotes the core values of excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom, and diversity, including diversity of backgrounds and viewpoints, while seeking to improve the legal profession, foster justice, and serve its many communities–locally, nationally and internationally.