Saturday, February 4, 2017
Following up on Wednesday's post, ABA President-Elect Seeks To Strip All Non-Accreditation Activities From Section Of Legal Education: National Law Journal, Changes to ABA Legal Ed Power Structure Blunted:
The American Bar Association has pumped the brakes on a proposal that would weaken the wing of the organization that oversees law schools.
The ABA's Board of Governors on Friday approved the creation of a Commission on the Future of Legal Education, but it did not sign off on the extensive slate of responsibilities that the commission would have under the original proposal from ABA president-elect Hilarie Bass.
Instead, the functions, structure and funding of the new commission is to be hammered out by Bass and the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions next month, likely when they meet March 9 and 10.
The council and the Association of American Law Schools this week asked the Board of Governors to postpone consideration of Bass' proposal to create a "forward-thinking body on legal education," in order to allow for further investigation on how that commission would impact the council and its existing work on legal education. ...
The original proposal would have been the most significant change to how the ABA handles law school oversight in decades, and would have moved staff and funds away from the Section of the Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, which was created in 1893.