'Bucky' Askew, ABA's Legal Education Consultant, Is Leaving

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Hulett “Bucky” Askew, the ABA’s consultant on legal education, is leaving the association at the end of August.

Askew’s departure was announced Monday (PDF) on the website of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. He will be returning to his hometown of Atlanta.

Askew, 69, said Tuesday he had simply decided it was “time to move on” to the next stage of his life and career.

“The time has come to do something different,” he said. “It’s a natural sort of thing.”

Askew also cited the travel demands of the job, which require him to spend 30 weekends out of the year on the road, and the fact that his wife, Cathy, lives and works in Atlanta.

“That’s gotten old for both of us,” he said.

Askew said he would “take a little R&R” when he leaves the ABA on Aug. 31. Then he plans to volunteer his services to a local law school or the state supreme court, where he once worked.

In the statement, the section’s council praised Askew for what it called a “truly remarkable career,” including his six years as the ABA’s legal education consultant.

“The ABA and the legal education community have been fortunate to benefit from Bucky’s wisdom and talent for six years,” said John F. O’Brien, the section’s chair. “We wish him the very best as he returns to his home in Atlanta.”

Askew’s duties will be handled on an interim basis by Barry Currier, a legal educator and higher education executive who previously served a four-year stint as deputy consultant. Currier is also the dean emeritus of Concord Law School. The section says a search for Askew’s replacement will begin after his departure.

Updated to add the PDF of the statement announcing Askew’s departure and to correct the date of its release. Updated to add new information from Askew.

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