Accreditation Committee

2017-2018 Accreditation Committee

The Accreditation Committee is charged with the administration of the law school accreditation process, including review of site evaluation reports, progress reports, and fact-finding reports. It reviews J.D. programs, post-J.D. programs, foreign summer and winter intersession programs, semester abroad programs, and individual student programs for foreign study.

The Honorable Scott Bales
Chief Justice
Arizona Supreme Court

Scott Bales was appointed to the Arizona Supreme Court in 2005 and was appointed Chief Justice in 2014. Previously, he was in private practice at Lewis and Roca LLP from 2001 to 2005, solicitor general in the Office of the Arizona Attorney General from 1999 to 2001, and assistant U.S. attorney in the District of Arizona from 1995 to 1999. He has also served as special investigative counsel in the Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Justice. As an adjunct professor, Justice Bales has taught at the University of Arizona and Arizona State University. He was a Teaching Fellow from 1979 to 1983 at Harvard University where he was awarded the Young Prize for Excellence in Teaching Economics in 1980 and 1981.He currently serves on the executive committee of the Appellate Judicial Conference of the ABA Judicial Division, on the Leadership Council of the American Inns of Court Foundation, and was elected to the American Law Institute in 2007. Justice Bales earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Michigan State University, an M.A. in economics from Harvard University, and a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School where he served on the Harvard Law Review board of editors from 1981 to 1983. He has clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Judge Joseph T. Sneed III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and in the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Vice Chair
David A. Brennen
University of Kentucky College of Law
Lexington, Kentucky

David A. Brennen became dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2009. Previously, he was a professor at the University of Georgia School of Law and served a two-year term as deputy director at the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). Along with more than 20 years of experience in classroom, Dean Brennen is regarded as an innovator of nonprofit law. He is a co-founder and co-editor of Nonprofit Law Prof Blog, founding editor of Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law Abstracts, co-founder of the AALS Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law, and a co-author of one of the first law school casebooks on taxation of nonprofit organizations.

Dean Brennen has served as an adjunct faculty member at Florida A&M University School of Business & Industry and on the law faculties at Syracuse University, University of Richmond, Mercer University, and University of Georgia. He has also practiced law in the private and public sectors in Florida. A graduate of Florida Atlantic University, Dean Brennen earned a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law in 1991 and an LL.M. in tax law in 1994 also from University of Florida.  In addition to his role in academia, Dean Brennen also currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Bluegrass Care Navigators in Lexington, Kentucky, and AccessLex Institute.


Steven Bahls
Augustana College

Steven Bahls was appointed president of Augustana College in 2003.  He graduated from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was the head executive editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. Previously, he was a shareholder in the law firm of Frisch, Dudek & Slattery, Ltd, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He joined the law faculty at the University of Montana in 1985, where he taught corporate and agricultural law and was appointed associate dean. From 1994 to 2003, he served as the dean of Capital University Law School.

President Bahls regularly writes and speaks on a wide range of legal and higher education topics, from corporate governance to shared governance in higher education.  His writings have been published in numerous scholarly law journals, trade publications, popular publications and blogs. He is the author of the book, Shared Governance in Times of Change:  A Practical Guide for Universities and Colleges, published by the Association of Governing Boards Press.

For the Section, he chaired the Student Learning Outcomes Subcommittee of the Standards Review Committee and served on the Section’s Bar Admissions Committee. He also served as a member of council of the ABA’s General Practice Section. He was the co-founder of the AALS Section on Part-Time Division Programs, chair of the AALS Section of Agricultural Law, founding dean of the Dave Thomas Center for Adoption Law (now the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy), and president of the American Agricultural Law Association.

Bradley G. Clary
University of Minnesota School of Law
Bradley G. Clary is a clinical professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School, and from 2004-06 held the Vaughan G. Papke Clinical Professorship there. He graduated from that Law School cum laude in 1975, and has practiced law in Minnesota for 41 years. Professor Clary was a litigation partner with Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly for many years, and remains of counsel with the Minneapolis office of Fox Rothschild LLP (into which the Oppenheimer firm merged.) He is a former co-chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Antitrust Section, has served on the governing council of the MSBA Appellate Practice Section, and has served on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Civil Justice Reform Task Force. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He is a member of the American Bar Association and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the ABA Section on Legal Education, and from 2001-08 served on the Section’s Communication Skills Committee. He is a former President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and is now an emeritus member of that organization. He has authored or co-authored several books on legal writing, appellate advocacy, deposition skills, and complex litigation topics. He regularly teaches civil procedure, evidence, and legal writing, among other subjects.

Donald C. Dahlin
Emeritus Professor
The University of South Dakota
Department of Political Science

Donald Dahlin is an emeritus professor of political science and former vice president of academic affairs at the University of South Dakota. He is a fellow of the Institute of Court Management and has served as a management analyst in the U.S. Department of Justice and as the South Dakota Secretary of Public Safety. Professor Dahlin is the author of We the People: A Brief Introduction to the Constitution and Its Interpretation published in 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Carroll College and a Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate School.

Paul M. George
Associate Dean for Curriculum Development
Director of the Biddle Law Library
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Paul George is the associate dean for curriculum development and director of the Biddle Law Library at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  He earned his law degree from Duke University School of Law. Prior to earning an M.S. in library science from the University of Illinois, Mr. George worked for several years as an attorney with the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. As a librarian, he first worked at the University of Southern California School of Law and then joined the Harvard Law School as associate librarian for research services.  In addition to his responsibilities as director of the library at Penn Law, Mr. George oversees the law school curriculum and teaches advanced legal research. He is also active in professional activities and has served on and chaired various committees for the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the American Association of Law Libraries, and the Association of American Law Schools.

Alex M. Johnson Jr.
University of Virginia School of Law
Charlottesville, Virginia

Alex M. Johnson, Jr. originally joined the University of Virginia School of Law in 1984. He returned to the law school in 2007 as the Perre Bowen Professor of Law after serving as dean and William S. Pattee Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. He currently holds the title of James C. Slaughter Distinguished Professor of Law. Before joining the Minnesota faculty in 2002 he served seven years as the vice provost for faculty recruitment and retention at the University of Virginia and was Mary and Daniel Loughran Professor of Law.

After graduating from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 1978, Professor Johnson spent two years in private practice with Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles. He then taught for two years at the University of Minnesota Law School, before returning to his law firm for another two years. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford University, the University of Texas, and Washington University law schools. He has lectured widely on academic standards, critical race theory and the efficacy of the LSAT and has appeared on numerous scholarly panels that address race as it relates to legal education.

Professor Johnson has served as chair of the board of trustees of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), as well as the LSAC's Test, Development and Research, and Minority Affairs Standing Committees. He has chaired several standing committees of the Association of American Law Schools, including Curriculum and New Scholarly Papers, and served on several AALS committees, including the Committee on Second Generation Diversity Issues. He has also served on and chaired several ABA law school site inspection teams as well as serving on several ABA standing and ad hoc committees. Professor Johnson is currently a member of the Academic Advisory Council for the Bill of Rights Institute. Professor Johnson is a member of the American Law Institute and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Kevin R. Johnson
University of California-Davis
Kevin R. Johnson is Dean, Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law, and Professor of Chicana/o Studies. He joined the UC Davis law faculty in 1989 and was named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in 1998.  Johnson became Dean in 2008.  He has taught a wide array of classes, including immigration law, civil procedure, complex litigation, Latinos and Latinas and the law, and Critical Race Theory.  In 1993, he was the recipient of the law school's Distinguished Teaching Award.

Dean Johnson has published extensively on immigration law and civil rights. Published in 1999, his book How Did You Get to Be Mexican? A White/Brown Man's Search for Identity was nominated for the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.  Dean Johnson’s latest book, Immigration Law and the US-Mexico Border (2011), received the Latino Literacy Now’s International Latino Book Awards – Best Reference Book.  Dean Johnson blogs at ImmigrationProf, and is a regular contributor on immigration on SCOTUSblog.

A regular participant in national and international conferences, Dean Johnson has also held leadership positions in the Association of American Law Schools and is the recipient of an array of honors and awards.  He is quoted regularly by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and other national and international news outlets.  

Susan L. Kay
Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs & Professor
Vanderbilt University Law School
Nashville, Tennessee

Susan Kay has headed the clinical and experiential legal education program at Vanderbilt since 2001, having joined the clinical faculty in 1980. In addition to teaching in the criminal practice clinic, Professor Kay supervises trial advocacy courts and students externships, and teaches courses on professional responsibility, criminal law and evidence. Among the major public law litigation conducted at the clinic under her tenure are jail overcrowding, inmates’ rights, and juvenile justice. Professor Kay has served as a court-appointed monitor in federal litigation and as a co-reporter on the Tennessee Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s study of effectiveness of counsel in death penalty cases.  

Professor Kay is a past president of the Clinical Legal Education Association and was appointed by the board of the Law School Admission Council to chair a newly-created task force on accommodations for test-takers with disabilities. For the Section, she recently served on the Standards Review Committee. Professor Kay earned a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.

Judith Leonard
General Counsel
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.

Judith Leonard has served as general counsel of the Smithsonian Institution since 2009.  Ms. Leonard reports to the Board of Regents and Smithsonian secretary and serves as the principal legal advisor to the board, the Secretary, and other officials.  Prior to her current position, she served as vice president and general counsel of the University of Arizona from 1998 to 2009 and as general counsel of the Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office of the President.  During her tenure at the University of Arizona, she taught higher education law. Ms. Leonard was also an attorney in the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of the General Counsel, an assistant attorney general in Arizona and an associate university counsel for the University of North Carolina. She was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2014.  Ms. Leonard is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and the Association of Corporate Counsel. Within her current home community, she is a member of the District of Columbia chapter of the International Women’s Forum and of the Women’s Advisory Board of the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capital. Ms. Leonard received her master’s and law degrees from the University of North Carolina and is a graduate of Cornell University.

Daniel T. Madzelan
Assistant Vice President, Government Relations
American Council on Education
Daniel T. Madzelan joined ACE in 2014 as associate vice president for Government Relations. In his role, Madzelan helps advance ACE’s advocacy on behalf of the higher education community, particularly the array of federal policies and issues critical to the missions of American colleges and universities and the students they serve.

From 2009–10, Madzelan served as acting assistant secretary for postsecondary education at the U.S. Department of Education, where he was charged with primary responsibility for administering a $2.6 billion program budget providing financial support to colleges and universities and their students, and had policy and program budget responsibility for the Title IV student financial aid programs that provided nearly $130 billion in grant, loan and work-study assistance to more than 14 million postsecondary students and their families. Previously, he was a longtime director of the forecasting and policy analysis service in the department’s office of postsecondary education. He worked in a number of capacities in that office before becoming a director.

Madzelan is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, with a bachelor of arts in economics with a concentration in mathematics and statistics. ​

Nancy A. Marlin, Ph.D.
Professor & Provost Emeritus
San Diego State University

Nancy Marlin is professor of psychology and provost emerita of San Diego State University. She previously held administrative and faculty positions at the University of Missouri and the University of Northern Iowa. She holds a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from The City University of New York and has been awarded an honorary masters of business administration degree from the Universidad de Valparaíso (Chile), and an honorary doctor of laws degree from California Western School of Law.

Dr. Marlin served as a member of the board of directors of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and is a member of the board of directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). She also served on the board of directors of the National Conflict Resolution Center, the board of trustees of the California Western School of Law, and as a member of the ETS Higher Education Advisory Council. She has served on the board of governors for San Diego’s International Community Foundation, the honorary board of advisors for Phi Beta Delta and was a member of the board of directors of Planned Parenthood for San Diego and Riverside Counties. Dr. Marlin was the elected chair of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (then NASULGC) Council on Academic Affairs. She was the 2003 recipient of NASULGC’s Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion of international education, and in 2010 was one of ten U.S. higher education administrators selected to participate in the India International Education Administrators Seminar sponsored and funded by the United States-India Educational Foundation.

The Honorable Cynthia Martin
Missouri Court of Appeals Western District

Cindy Martin was appointed to the Missouri Court of Appeals in 2009. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she was in private practice for 25 years as a business and commercial trial and transactional lawyer.

She received B.A. degrees in psychology and communications, summa cum laude, from William Jewell College in 1981, and a J.D. from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law in 1984, graduating first in her class. She served as the associate comments editor of the University of Missouri Kansas City Law Review, and was on the law school's national moot court team and national trial competition team.

Judge Martin served as president of the young lawyers section of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association in 1990, president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association in 1999, and president of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation in 2002 and 2003. She served on the Missouri Board of Law Examiners from 2001 through 2011, and was president of the board when Missouri became the first state to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination. She has served as a trustee on the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) board since 2011, and currently serves as chair of NCBE's Education Committee and as a member of the Multistate Bar Examination Policy committee. For the Section, she served as a member and chair of the Bar Admission Committee.

Judge Martin is the author of Local Law Distinctions in the Era of the Uniform Bar Examination: The Missouri Experience (September 2011), and Admission on Motion in the Era of Multijurisdictional Practice: Missouri's Experience with "Lawful Practice" v. "Practice Where Admitted" as Fulfilling the "Active Practice" Requirement (August 2006), articles published in The Bar Examiner, NCBE’s quarterly publication.

Judge Martin was recognized by the Association for Women Lawyers in Kansas City as its Woman of the Year in 2009 and 2012; received the Public Official Women's Justice Award from Missouri Lawyers Weekly in 2010; received a Citation for Achievement from William Jewell College in 2011; received the Theodore McMillian Award of Judicial Excellence from The Missouri Bar in 2014; received the Joseph E. Stevens Aspire to Excellence Award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association in 2013; and received the Liberty and Justice Award from the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation in 2016.

Joanne Scanlon Prestia
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

Joanne Scanlon Prestia retired in 2016 after 27 years of practice as an environmental attorney.  Ms. Prestia began her law career as an associate attorney in the Washington, D.C. office of a Chicago AmLaw 100 law firm.  After five years in private practice, she became in-house environmental counsel at a Fortune 500 company.  She has been a frequent member of site evaluation teams.  Prior to law school, Ms. Prestia was a librarian at SUNY Buffalo, the University of Virginia, Cornell, and Harvard law schools.  Ms. Prestia has been admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  She holds a bachelor of arts from Canisius College, a master’s degree in library science from SUNY College at Geneseo, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Suzanne K. Richards
Partner (Retired)
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

As a partner at the Columbus, Ohio law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymor and Pease, Ms. Richards was a member and a former head of the firm’s litigation group where she specialized in business and employment law and developed expertise in class action litigation and in ADR.  She was appointed special master by the Federal Court to oversee the final years and closure of the Ohio State Penitentiary.  Since 1988, she has served as a member of the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness of the Supreme Court of Ohio and as its chair several times. She is also a member of the board of trustees of the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

Ms. Richards earned her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame. She received her J.D. summa cum laude from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and presently sits on its National Council.  After graduating from law school, Ms. Richards served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert M. Duncan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Daniel Thies
Sidley & Austin
Daniel Thies is a litigation associate in Sidley’s Insurance and Financial Services group. His practice focuses on insurance and financial services class action defense, ERISA litigation, reinsurance litigation, and complex commercial litigation.

Mr. Thies has served as an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School, teaching intellectual property trial advocacy. He has served as the Reporter for the 2009–2010 ABA Presidential Commission on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Profession and Legal Needs, and as the Reporter for the 2012–2013 ISBA Special Committee on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Delivery of Legal Service. He has also represented Illinois as a delegate in the ABA Young Lawyers Division Assembly.

Mr. Thies is a member of the ISBA’s Federal Civil Practice Section Council and the Young Lawyers Division Council, and has served as the chair of the ISBA Standing Committee on Legal Education, Admission, & Competence. Prior to joining Sidley, Mr. Thies clerked for Chief Judge James F. Holderman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (2011–2013) and for Judge Jerry Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2010–2011).

Charlotte L. Wager
Jenner & Block
Chicago, Illinois

Charlotte L. Wager is Jenner & Block’s Talent Officer and oversees all aspects of the firm’s hiring and lawyer development. As co-chair of the hiring executive committee, she works with hiring partners in each of the firm’s offices to coordinate and implement the firm’s associate hiring. Ms. Wager also works on lateral partner hiring firm wide. Ms. Wager chairs the firm’s associate development and evaluation committee. She works with firm leaders on all aspects of lawyer development including orientation, evaluations, training, mentoring, and advanced career planning for senior associates and partners.

Ms. Wager is an active member of the diversity and inclusion committee and works with the diversity manager to implement the firm’s diversity initiatives. She is also a member of the firm’s women’s forum and pro bono committees.  Ms. Wager remains a partner in the litigation department where her law practice previously focused on counseling policyholders and reinsurers on a wide range of insurance-related matters.  Ms. Wager has been a featured speaker on subjects relating to hiring, development and diversity and inclusion at programs sponsored by the American Bar Association, the Practicing Law Institute, the Illinois State Bar Association, and numerous law schools. She is a former past president and longstanding member of NALP (The Association for Legal Career Professionals). She is a graduate of the University of London, Queen Mary College and received her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

Kevin K. Washburn
University of New Mexico School of Law
Kevin Washburn is a Regents Professor and the former dean of the UNM School of Law. Prior to joining the New Mexico faculty, Professor Washburn taught law at the Universities of Arizona, Minnesota and Harvard Law School. Professor Washburn took leave from legal education to serve as the Senate-confirmed Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior in the second term of the Obama Administration. In that role, he was the highest-ranking official for federal Indian policy, overseeing nearly 8000 employees of the Bureaus of Indian Affairs and Indian Education and a budget that reached $2.8 billion during his leadership. He has testified approximately thirty times before Congressional Committees, and appeared several times before the United Nations in Geneva to defend the performance of the United States under international treaties.

Earlier in his career, Washburn graduated from Yale Law School, clerked for Judge Wm. C. Canby, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and served as an Honors Program trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He also served as a federal prosecutor in New Mexico and, later, as the general counsel of the National Indian Gaming Commission, a federal regulatory agency in Washington, D.C. He has several books to his name, including casebooks on gaming/gambling law and federal Indian law, and is a co-author/co-editor of the Cohen Handbook of Federal Indian Law.

Washburn also serves on the board of the Law School Admission Council and on the Criminal Law and Procedure Drafting Committee for the National Conference of Bar Examiners. He and his wife and children are citizens of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Adrien Wing
Associate Dean & Professor
University of Iowa College of Law

Adrien Wing is the associate dean for international and comparative law and the Bessie Dutton Murray Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, where she has taught since 1987. She also directs the UI Center for Human Rights and the France summer abroad program. From 2006 to 2009, Professor Wing served as the associate dean for faculty development and from 2010 to 2012, as the onsite director for the London Law Consortium semester abroad program.

Prior to joining the college of law faculty, she spent five years in private practice in New York City specializing in international law issues regarding Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. The author of more than 130 publications, Professor Wing’s scholarship has focused on race and gender discrimination in the United States and internationally on Africa and the Middle East. She has advised the founders of three constitutions in South Africa, Palestine, and Rwanda, organized an election-observer delegation to South Africa, and taught at the University of Western Cape for six summers.

Professor Wing earned a B.A. degree with high honors from Princeton University, a master’s degree in African studies from UCLA, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. Among her many awards are the Clyde Ferguson Award from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and the Regents Award for Faculty Excellence from the State of Iowa. She currently is a member of the American Law Institute and services on the American Society of International Law Executive Council and the AALS recruitment of Minority Law Professors Committee. She has served on numerous law school site teams for the Section and for AALS.