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to have some broader discussions about why law and legal thinking need to
be a part of our social conversations about change, innovation, technology
and our fundamental social commitments to justice and equality.
Additionally, the ways in which a lot of legal practice is changing raise
many issues for our scholarship in areas that are as diverse as human rights,
evidence, business associations, privacy and data protection, and immigration
and administrative law. Therefore, it is good to have somebody in this
role straddling what are at times perceived as two different mandates that
the law school has. I think that we can learn a lot from trying to integrate
these two sides of the Associate Dean portfolio.
More generally, on the research side of my portfolio, we have the incredible
gift of fantastic bench strength here at Allard Law. We have an extraordinarily
productive, creative, talented group of scholars. In that regard, my
goal is to support the scholars we have and to ensure we communicate to
the broader world and community what it is that we are doing here and how
important it is. I want to make sure that our research is easily accessible and
available to the broader community, that we are thinking about knowledge
dissemination and impact, and that we simply get the word out about all the
truly important things that are happening here in the faculty.