The American Bar Association Task Force on the Future of Legal Education will examine how students are trained to be lawyers during a special meeting April 24 at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
The task force, chaired by retired Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall Shepard, is charged with making recommendations to overcome the current challenges in legal education. Namely, it is examining how law schools, the ABA and other organizations can address such issues as rising tuition and student debt, decreased employment prospects and increased demands for curriculum changes.
Wednesday’s meeting will review possible recommendations the task force may include in its final report which is due to be released in the fall. In February, the task force held a public hearing, but tomorrow’s meeting will likely be the only one of this kind that the task force convenes.
The all-day session will include three panel discussions focusing on a variety of topics including finance, admissions and innovations.
Indiana faculty members participating in the event are Gary Roberts, dean of I.U. McKinney School of Law; Lauren Robel, Indiana University Provost and executive vice president; retired Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Sullivan; and William Henderson, professor of law at I.U. Maurer School of Law.