ABA President-Elect Nominee Silkenat: Transformation of Legal Education on the Horizon
Posted Feb 6, 2012 2:42 PM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
ABA President-Elect Nominee James R. Silkenat made clear Monday that legal education is a primary issue of concern.
Speaking on Monday to the ABA House of Delegates, Silkenat said the profession is faced with a number of difficult issues, and legal education is one of them. American law schools provide the best legal education in the world, he said, but there will continue to be an evolution in how that education will be delivered.
Silkenat is slated to become president of the ABA at the close of the 2013 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
He also listed these issues facing the profession:
• Unacceptable cuts in state court funding.
• Access to justice for all Americans.
• Making the ABA the national voice of the legal profession.
He also noted other issues of importance, including election law reform, the death penalty and public ownership of law firms.