At the annual meeting of the ASL Board of Trustees June 10, the mood was upbeat as members adjourned having discussed a range of strategies to counter the nationwide downturn in law school applications that is causing fierce competition among all law schools for a significantly smaller pool of applicants. The smallest law schools, like ASL, are being hardest hit as bigger schools are now competing for the same applicants.
The Board reports the Law School's current financial position and fund reserves are sound and the School's annual income from endowment funds is at an all-time high for the last decade. In anticipation of declining enrollment six months ago, the School took prudent measures necessary to prepare for a smaller student body of less than 150.
The Board endorsed immediate and ongoing consideration of strategies for financial security and improved enrollment revenue, including possible affiliation with other highly regarded institutions of higher education, such as joint degrees, course and program collaborations, shared faculty, and shared facilities. The Board supports plans now underway to launch a Digital Learning Center (DLC) at ASL. The DLC would provide technology needed for the Law School to create a new revenue stream from online coursework, symposia, and continuing legal education programs.
In order to direct Board support to ASL admissions, marketing, and development, the Board appointed members to serve on those three new committees.
The Board made several key member re-appointments and new appointments to the Board. Of particular note are reappointments of former Governor George Allen and former Attorney General of Virginia Jerry Kilgore. They will each serve another three year term of office.
Also accepting re-appointments are Judge Larry Kirksey (Retired), and Alpha Natural Resources Vice President Donald Ratliff.
The Board welcomed new member Reece Hale Robertson, Grundy, and ASL alumni president Tara Bartosiewicz-Blom, class of 2011, who will serve a one-year term following outgoing alumni president Zackary Stoots of Lebanon. She resides in Cranford, New Jersey.