Archives for the month of: March, 2014

I decided upon an unusual spring break treat–attending a daylong conference entitled, “So Much Great Fruit: Lutheran Perspectives on Contemporary Legal Issues.” My thinking was to spend one day pulling together all the pieces of who I am, and to take in a little spiritual sustenance before the roast hectic weeks if the semester.

The conference is being held in Hyde Park, and in addition to the program, I am hoping to spend an evening with family. Arriving at O’Hare however, I forgot that there had been an El Train accident the a few days before. That meant the Blue Line station at the airport was closed.my first hint was when I approached the station and saw a number of news cameras. As I got closer, I could see the yellow investigation tape and a number of officers.

Passengers were directed to take a free shuttle to the Rosemont station. Things were a little chaotic and I ended up paying $5.00 for a $3.50 ticket because after I’d entered the cash I learned the machine didn’t make change and I didn’t want to hold up a really long line for &1.50. Guess I’m starting the trip by making a contribution to Chicago public transportation.

Looking forward to a great conference, time with family, and feeling grateful for safe travels. More on the conference to follow.

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As you may know, the Section of Legal Ed. has been in the process of a comprehensive review of the accreditation standards. At its most recent meeting, the Council of the Legal Ed. Section reviewed proposed standards changes and took the following actions on the Standards and Rules of Procedure.

In addition the Council sent out for Comment the following proposed revisions to the ABA Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools:

 Interpretation 305-3 (Study Outside the Classroom)
 Interpretation 503-3 (Admission Test)
 Standard 505 (Granting of J.D. Degree Credit for Prior Law Study)
 Chapter 8 (Council Authority, Variances, and Amendments)
 Definitions
 Rules of Procedure

The proposed revisions and accompanying explanations are published on the Section’s website –here:

We solicit and encourage written comments on the proposed changes by letter or e-mail. Written comments should be submitted no later than Friday, April 18, 2014.

A hearing on these proposed changes is scheduled for Friday, April 25, 2014, from 9 to 10 a.m. The hearing will be held at The Ritz Carlton, St. Louis (100 Carondelet Plaza, St. Louis, Missouri).

Please address written comments on the proposals and requests to speak at the hearing to JR Clark, jr.clark@americanbar.org, by Friday, April 18, 2014.