This article covers three areas that fall under the author’s supervision as Deputy Director of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). First, the author will discuss the two Deans Databanks that he administers, which relate directly to increasing diversity among the ranks of law school deans in America: the Women Deans Databank and the Minority Deans Databank. In particular, the author will address how these two databanks reflect the core values of the AALS and how the databanks function in the deanship process. Second, the author will discuss the Law Deanship Manual an AALS publication that addresses nearly every aspect of what it takes to become a dean. Finally, the author will discuss the many valuable opportunities available to professors and others in the legal community; these opportunities provide a chance to gain valuable experience relevant to being a dean through service to the AALS.

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Seattle University Law Review, Vol. 31, No. 4 (Summer 2008), pp. 791-797


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