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Thursday, June 14, 2018

ABA, Cooley Law School May Be Headed To Settlement In Accreditation Lawsuit

Thomas Cooley Logo (2017)Following up on my previous posts (links below):  ABA, Cooley Law May Be Headed to Settlement in Accreditation Suit:

The American Bar Association and Western Michigan University Cooley Law School are due in federal court next week for a settlement conference, signaling a possible end to a contentious lawsuit brought by the school over the ABA’s accreditation practices.

The parties are headed to U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on June 19 for a settlement conference before U.S. Magistrate Judge David Grand, and must submit a history of their settlement negotiations to the court by Friday. Cooley sued last November after the school was found to be out of compliance with the ABA’s admissions standard, alleging that rule is unlawfully vague and that the ABA’s accreditation decision-making is cloaked in secrecy.

The school asked the court to enjoin the ABA from enforcing the admissions standard until it could specify what Cooley needed to do to be in compliance, among other relief.

Barry Currier, the ABA’s managing director of accreditation and legal education, said Wednesday that the settlement conference was court ordered and that the litigation is ongoing. Cooley general counsel James Robb declined to comment.

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