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Senior Judge Shepard to chair national task force on legal education

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Randall Shepard has been selected as chairman of an American Bar Association presidential commission examining the state of legal education in America.

Shepard, former Indiana chief justice and current senior judge, will lead an effort to assess how well the nation’s law schools are preparing graduates to meet the legal needs of today’s marketplace. Shepard will work with leaders from America’s judiciary, organized bar, legal education and legal practice communities on an initiative expected to conclude in 2014.

Shepard is also the Indiana University Public Policy Institute’s executive in residence, which he became after retiring from the high court in March.

“Chief Justice Shepard is widely respected for his leadership in promoting legal education, professionalism and civility in the legal profession,” ABA President William T. Robinson III said in announcing the task force. “He is universally respected for his wisdom, integrity and openness to new ideas. Therefore, I am certain he will lead our esteemed and thoughtful task force members to consider a broad range of issues in order to make sound, compelling recommendations.”

“The growing public attention to the cost of a law school education, the uncertain job prospects for law school graduates and the delivery of legal services in a changing market warrant substantial examination and analysis by the ABA and the legal profession,” Robinson said.

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