As some of you may know, I was elected for one year as chair of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar at the ABA Annual Meeting in August. I have served on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio for over 19 years, the last three of which I have served as Chief Judge. Prior to my appointment to the court, I was associate dean and professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law of Cleveland State University. After I joined the Court, I continued my interest and involvement in legal education, serving on the Accreditation and Standards Review committees of the Section.
I am honored to serve as chair of the Council and look forward to working in this capacity with the outstanding men and women who serve on it. I am more convinced than ever that the work done by the Section is vital to the profession. I look forward to working with our staff, the members of the Council, and our many volunteers to insure that our work in the accreditation process remains of the highest quality. I also look forward to working with our staff on the various programs that we sponsor for law schools and administrators; and, it is my hope that our Section will be able to collaborate with our sister organizations in legal education in seeking to address the issues that are most important to the profession.
The Council’s first order of business is to continue its work on the revision of the Standards with the hope that work is completed, or at least largely completed, during my tenure. I urge you to provide feedback on the Standards that are presently out for comment so the Council can take them into consideration before taking final action on the Standards as a whole.
I look forward to reporting to you in December about the work of the Council.