Wendy Collins Perdue, dean of the University of Richmond School of Law, has been named president of the Association of American Law Schools.

The AALS is a nonprofit association that works to uphold and advance excellence in legal education.

“I look forward to working with my colleagues to further strengthen legal education and the foundations of our system of justice,” said Perdue. “Our primary focus centers around providing the excellent education our students expect and our democratic society needs.”

Dean Perdue has served as dean of the Richmond School of Law since 2011. Previously Perdue served as an associate dean and professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center and a law clerk to the Hon. Anthony M. Kennedy, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Wellesley College and graduated from the Duke University School of Law.

Perdue’s one-year term at the AALS president officially began last week at the organization’s annual meeting.

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About the AALS
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), founded in 1900, is a nonprofit association of 179 law schools. Its members enroll most of the nation’s law students and produce the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges, as well as many of its lawmakers. The mission of AALS 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, to foster justice, and to serve our many communities–local, national and international.

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