Albany Law School Professor Patricia E. Salkin has been elected vice chair of the State and Local Government Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), a non-profit association of 171 law schools. As a result of the election, she is in line to serve as chair of the section in 2010.
The section, comprised of 351 law professors from across the country who teach in the areas related to state and local government law, provides cutting-edge information and analysis on critical legal issues in the field. The overall purpose of the AALS is "the improvement of the legal profession through legal education," serving as the learned society for law teachers and as legal education's principal representative to the federal government and to other national higher education organizations.
Professor Salkin, who is also director of Albany Law School's Government Law Center and the Raymond and Ella Smith Distinguished Professor of Law, is a nationally recognized expert on land use law and zoning and maintains a blog titled Law of the Land. Since joining Albany Law School in 1990, Dean Salkin has taught courses in land use law, housing law and policy, New York State administrative law, current legal issues in government and government ethics.