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Friday, November 2, 2018

WMU-Cooley Law School Drops ABA Accreditation Lawsuit

Thomas Cooley Logo (2017), Cooley Law Drops ABA Accreditation Suit, but Others Remain:

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School on Wednesday dismissed its suit against the ABA, saying there was little point in continuing the litigation when it had largely achieved its aims outside of court.

The move came a day after both parties met for a court-ordered settlement conference, and ends nearly a year of legal wrangling over how the ABA conducts its law school oversight. During the course of the suit, the ABA declared the school in full compliance with its standards and gave it the green light to open a branch campus in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

“On behalf of the law school, we are very happy to put this lawsuit behind us,” said Cooley Law Interim President Jeff Martlew in a statement. “The circumstances that led to the litigation have been largely resolved and there was simply no point in continuing. Importantly, we have had very cordial communication with representatives from the ABA Council on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.  WMU-Cooley is committed to pursuing a collaborative approach in working with the Council, to continue meeting ABA standards.”

ABA officials said they are also pleased to see the suit dropped.

“WMU-Cooley Law School has dismissed its lawsuit against the American Bar Association with prejudice,” said Barry Currier, the ABA’s managing director for accreditation and legal education. “The ABA welcomes the end of this dispute and looks forward to continuing to serve the best interests of students and the public through the ABA law school accreditation process, which has repeatedly been upheld by courts and has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education.”

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I'm sure NACIQI will have some questions about all this in 2020.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Nov 4, 2018 1:50:01 PM