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Jan. 6, 2004

Hines Elected Head Of U.S. Law School Organization

N. William Hines, dean of the University of Iowa College of Law, was elected Jan. 5 to serve as president-elect of the Association of American Law Schools for the year 2004.

Hines is on track to become the AALS' president for 2005.

"It's a great honor to be elected president of the premiere organization working to strengthen and improve law schools and legal education in this country," said Hines, who is retiring as UI law dean after the current academic year.

The AALS is a non-profit association of 164 law schools organized for the purpose of improving the legal profession through legal education and scholarly research. It serves as the learned society for law teachers and is legal education's principal representative to the federal government and to other national and international higher education organizations and learned societies. Hines has served on several AALS committees including chair and a member of the Nominating Committee in 2000, chair of the AALS Section on Administration of Law Schools and two terms as chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure. He also served on the Committee on Professional Development, chaired several planning committees and was twice a Group Leader in AALS Law Teaching Clinics.

Hines has taught at the UI College of Law since 1962 and became dean in 1976. His 28 years as dean make him the longest serving current dean of any U.S. law school. At his retirement, his tenure will have been the longest of any UI law dean. He will continue to teach as a full-time law professor following his retirement as dean.

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