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Search for Next Managing Director of Legal Education and Accreditation

The Council of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is seeking a highly respected leader from the legal academy, the practicing bar, or the judiciary to assume the role of Managing Director of Legal Education and Accreditation.

The Council and the American Bar Association seek a diverse field of candidates, who embrace the Council’s responsibility to ensure the quality of legal education in the United States and the Section’s mission to provide leadership on issues related to legal education and bar admission. The Managing Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the Section office and is assisted by a staff of 20 professionals. Based in Chicago and reporting to the Council and the ABA Deputy Executive Director, the Managing Director is also responsible for promoting useful and cooperative relations with constituent organizations in support of the Council’s accreditation and leadership functions. The next Managing Director will assume her/his duties in the summer of 2020 upon the retirement of Barry Currier, who has served in this role since 2013.

Read more about the position and application process

Law School Leaders Leading the ABA

Going forward, in each issue of Syllabus, we will highlight our law school colleagues who are serving in leadership positions within the ABA. Please email Section Director, Erin Ruehrwein at with your announcements. 

Linda Jellum, Sr. Professor of Tax Law and Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development, has been elected chair of the ABA Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section.

CLEO Announces CLEO EDGE Award Honorees for Education, Diversity, and Greater Equality

CLEO, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to inspiring, motivating, and preparing students from underrepresented communities to succeed in law school and beyond, has announced the 2019 CLEO EDGE Award Honorees. Among the honorees for education are Law Professor and former Law School Dean John C. Brittain, Dean Leonard M. Baynes, and the University of Chicago Law School.

“The recipients of this year’s CLEO EDGE awards are dynamic examples of diversity and inclusion,” said Cassandra Sneed Ogden, Chief Executive Officer of CLEO. “These characteristics are important to CLEO, the legal profession, and our nation. We believe these nine leaders appreciate and value diversity in all its forms!” 

Read more about the 2019 CLEO EDGE Award Nominees here

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