Monday, March 2, 2009
Law school deans ask university presidents to support them on revisiting ABA faculty job security standards
This is big - and not in a good way. Inside Higher Ed. is reporting today that the departing president of Northwestern has sent a letter to 130 university presidents who have law schools belonging to the American Law Deans Association to support that group's position that the ABA should relax certain faculty job security requirements in order to allow law school administrators more managerial flexibility.
Specifically, ALDA has been lobbying the ABA to relax Standard 402 which requires law schools to provide job security to faculty members in order to meet accreditation standards. The context here is that the ABA has been previously critical of Northwestern's failure to grant faculty status to its librarians and neither long term contracts nor clinical tenure to its clinicians. Northwestern has defended its position by arguing that Standard 402 impermissibly interferes with the managerial discretion of law schools by dictating to them the terms upon which they must hire and retain faculty. Unfortunately, this dispute between one school and the ABA has turned into an industry-wide referendum on whether the ABA should mandate job security guarantees to traditionally non-tenured positions like clinicians, librarians and LRW professors.
Read the full story here.
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