ABA Legal Education Task Force to Host Web Conference

CHICAGO, April 19, 2013 – Experts will offer insights on challenges facing legal education and possibilities for change at the April 24 meeting of the _ Task Force on the Future of Legal Education. The proceedings will be both live streamed and posted on the task force’s website for subsequent viewing.

The task force, created in July 2012, is charged with making recommendations on how law schools, the ABA and others can address issues such as rising tuition and student debt, decreased employment prospects in the current economy and heightened demands for curriculum changes.

The agenda is as follows (all times Eastern):

9:30 a.m.


  • Randall T. Shepard, chair and former chief justice, Indiana Supreme Court
  • Gary Roberts, dean, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • James Silkenat, ABA president-elect

9:40 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

The Current Legal Education Challenge

  • Led by: Jay Conison, dean, Charlotte School of Law
  • Panel:   Michael Fitts, dean, University of Pennsylvania Law School; Bryant Garth, professor, Southwestern Law School; Lauren Robel, professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Richard Vedder, director, Center for College Affordability and Productivity

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.         

Licensing, Finance and Admissions

  • Led by: Paula Littlewood, executive director, Washington State Bar
  • Panel:   Erica Moeser, president, National Conference of Bar Examiners;
  • Charles Nash, vice chancellor, University of Alabama System; Jon Streeter, immediate past president, California State Bar; Frank Sullivan, professor, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.    

Delivery, Innovation and Barriers

  • Led by: David Yellen, dean, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Panel:   Catherine Carpenter, professor, Southwestern Law School; William Henderson, professor, Indiana University Maurer School of Law; Sophie Sparrow, professor, University of New Hampshire School of Law

Due to space restrictions at the meeting site (Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis), reporters are encouraged to view the live webcast or video of the proceedings, which will be posted to the task force website (http://bit.ly/XLW4je). (Meeting information is listed under “Upcoming Events” on the right side of the task force’s home page.)

News reporters seeking media credentials and responses to other questions can contact Ira Pilchen, , .

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is one of the largest voluntary professional membership organizations in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.