The AAUP submitted comments to the Council of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar opposing a proposal before the ABA that would eliminate tenure from the ABA’s accreditation standards for law schools. Currently, the ABA is one of the few accrediting bodies that specifically references tenure in its accreditation standards. The ABA has been considering eliminating tenure from the accreditation standards for several years. The AAUP has vigorously opposed the removal of tenure from the accreditation standards at every juncture.
In September 2013, the ABA Council formally published for notice and comment proposals that would eliminate tenure from the accreditation standards. The AAUP’s comments were submitted to the ABA Council yesterday afternoon. At a hearing of the ABA Council on February 5, 2014, AAUP General Counsel Theresa Chmara will attend and speak on behalf of the AAUP. The ABA Council will likely formally consider the proposed changes at its meeting in March of 2014.