Friday, November 2, 2018
Law.com, 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.”
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Two Very Different Perspectives On Western Michigan-Cooley Law School (Jan. 27, 2016)
- ABA Notices To Law Schools About Potential Non-Compliance With Accreditation Standards (Oct. 31, 2017)
- Western Michigan-Cooley Law School Seeks TRO To Prevent ABA From Releasing A Letter About Its Accreditation Status (Nov. 15, 2017)
- ABA Opposes TRO To Block Release Of Western Michigan-Cooley Law School's Noncompliance With Accreditation Standards: 'Students Deserve To Know The Truth' (Nov. 21, 2017)
- Federal Court Chides Western Michigan-Thomas Cooley Law School For Seeking TRO To Block ABA's Release Of Letter On School's Noncompliance With Accreditation Standards (Dec. 14, 2017)
- ABA Hits Back Against Cooley Law School In Accreditation Lawsuit (Jan. 10, 2018)
- Law Schools Are Under The Microscope (Jan. 17, 2018)
- Western Michigan-Cooley Law School Files Amended Complaint In Lawsuit Against The ABA (Feb. 1, 2018)
- ABA Defends Denial Of Cooley Law School's Request To Open New Location (Mar. 7, 2018)
- ABA: Western Michigan-Cooley Law School Is Now In Compliance With Accreditation Standards (Apr. 26, 2018)
- Did The ABA Find WMU-Cooley In Compliance With Accreditation Standards As Part Of Lawsuit Settlement? (Apr. 30, 2017)
- Suing The ABA Over Law School Accreditation? Get In Line (May 21, 2017)
- ABA, Cooley Law School May Be Headed To Settlement In Accreditation Lawsuit (June 14, 2017)