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ISBA YLD proposes changes to ABA accreditation

Thursday, August 10, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Zach Zuber
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An Iowa YLD resolution proposing changes to the ABA group responsible for law school accreditation standards will be argued in Manhattan on Thursday.

ISBA YLD President Thomas Hillers will argue resolution C-2017-7 during the meeting, which is occurring alongside the ABA Annual Meeting in New York City. The Legal Ed Section is responsible for the law school accreditation standards, which are viewed by some critics as being causative in the rising cost of law school tuition.

The resolution seeks to guarantee that two of the 21 voting positions on the Legal Ed Section Council will be held for young attorneys. Ten of the 21 positions are typically filled with individuals who are members of law school faculties, and this resolution would supplant two of those reserved positions for young attorneys. Currently, one of the positions is reserved for a law student, and the other for an ABA YLD liaison who is entitled to attend open meetings, but does not have the authority to vote. 

The director of the section recently submitted a proposal to the council to permanently remove the law student and ABA YLD liaison position. The Iowa YLD is leading the charge to guarantee that young attorneys have an active, voting voice when it comes to the law school accreditation standards.

From the Iowa Lawyer Weekly