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Prof. Howland Elected Vice-chair of ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Council

AUGUST 16, 2012—Professor Joan S. Howland has been elected vice-chair of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Council for the 2012-13 term. She has served on the Section's Council since 2006, on the Accreditation Committee from 2001-06, and on the Law Libraries Committee from 1992-96 (as co-chair from 1994-96).

The Section works to improve legal education, lawyer licensing, and the bar admission process through conferences, publications, and collaboration among legal professionals. The Section’s Council is the national accrediting body for American legal education.

Howland is the Law School's Associate Dean for Information and Technology. She has held the Roger F. Noreen Chair in Law since 1996 and teaches American Indian Legal History. She also teaches law and business at the University's Carlson School of Management.

Currently chair of the Association of American Law School's Committee on Law Libraries and Technology, Howland is also a member of the American Law Institute, the American Library Association, the American Indian Library Association, the and other professional organizations.

The Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar was created in 1893, the first section formed by the ABA after its 1878 organization. Its Council and Accreditation Committee are independent of the ABA, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, and are recognized as the national accrediting agency for educational programs leading to the J.D. Graduates of ABA-approved law schools meet the requirements of all state supreme courts to take the bar examination.