FIU Law Professor José Gabilondo, was recently appointed to the Membership Review Committee of the Association for American Law Schools (AALS), the non-profit educational association of law schools whose purpose is “the improvement of the legal profession through legal education,” according to the association’s website.
The committee evaluates applications for membership from law schools to determine if they comply with AALS requirements for teaching, scholarship, and faculty governance. This appointment grew out of his work on site visit inspections of the American Bar Association (ABA) and membership review inspections of the AALS. He also participates in training other faculty who participate in accreditation.
This marks Gabilondo’s second appointment to an AALS committee this year. He was also appointed to the AALS Audit and Investment Committee, which participates in the oversight of the Association’s financial practices and organization.
“Self-regulation is the defining feature of any profession. The ABA’s accreditation standards and the membership requirements of the AALS ensure effective self-regulation and, at the same time, play a key role in defending academic values at law schools. This is especially important as law schools contend with external pressures that may detract them from their academic mission. I am proud to support the AALS in this work,” said Gabilondo.
Gabilondo, whose scholarship focuses on debt markets, joined the FIU Law faculty in 2004. He previously worked in financial market regulation at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the World Bank.
More information on the AALS is available on the association’s website.