American Judicature Society moves to VU

100-year-old group had been based in Iowa since '03

The American Judicature Society and Vanderbilt Law School have announced an affiliation agreement that will result in joint educational programming, publications and new research. In addition, AJS will relocate from Des Moines, Iowa, to the Vanderbilt campus in Nashville.

“We are delighted to affiliate with Vanderbilt Law School, one of our nation’s leading teaching and research institutions,” said Dennis Courtland Hayes, president of AJS, which had been headquartered on the campus of Drake University since 2003. “As a national organization committed to nonpartisan research and programming to improve the courts, the work of AJS will benefit tremendously from a collaborative relationship with top scholars, law students and alumni associated with Vanderbilt Law School.”

AJS is a nonpartisan group with the goal of improving the administration of justice. It was founded in 1913 and now has about 6,000 members around the country.

“For Vanderbilt Law School, this represents a unique opportunity to strengthen ties to the bench and bar, conduct academic programming in areas of mutual interest, create new educational and professional opportunities for students, facilitate faculty research, and enhance the reach and reputation of the law school’s Cecil D. Branstetter Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program and our Criminal Justice Program,” said Chris Guthrie, dean of Vanderbilt Law School and John Wade-Kent Syverud Professor of Law.

The affiliation agreement became effective July 1.