July 01, 2017

Staff News

Cathy Schrage, the Section’s Executive Assistant for Accreditation, is retiring after 43 years of service. Cathy began working for the Accreditation Project when it was operated at the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis under James White, the longtime Consultant on Legal Education to the ABA. When the project moved to ABA headquarters in 2000, Cathy continued in her role as primary staff support for the Accreditation Committee.

“It has been a true honor and an absolute joy to work with the Section of Legal Education’s Accreditation Project for 43 years,” Cathy said, “and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have observed the many changes and accomplishments to improve and enhance legal education and the accreditation process that have occurred over this time.

It has all been interesting, exciting, and tremendously rewarding on both a professional and personal level. The time has come for me to bid a fond farewell to the extraordinarily talented volunteers upon which the process continues to rely, and to our outstanding, amazing staff. As I leave my position, I send sincere gratitude for your friendship and support, and wish you all the best for the future.”

It is hard to imagine the Accreditation Project without the grace and attention to detail that Cathy brought to her job every day. And her institutional knowledge of everything related to law school accreditation will never be matched. We will miss her enormously.  

As the public’s first point of contact with the Section, Beverly Holmes, Program Associate, juggles inquiries from law schools, law students, and others involved in legal education throughout the day. Over the past several years, she has also pursued a college degree. All of her hard work came to fruition this past spring when Beverly graduated from DePaul University with a B.A. in nonprofit management. Congratulations to Beverly!

Andrew Crane joined the staff this month as a program specialist.  Working with both the Accreditation Project and the Section, Andrew will assist with the collection and analysis of legal education data, as well as provide support for the Section’s technology projects and conferences.  Previously, Andrew worked as a survey programmer and data manager. He is proficient in a variety of programming tools including Python, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and SQL. Andrew graduated from Loyola University-Chicago with a B.A. in anthropology.