Professor Ralph L. Brill was kind enough to send us his memo to the American Bar Association RE: Comments On The Proposed Changes To The American Bar Association Standards Concerning Tenure And Job Security.
Professor Brill has taught for over 50 years at Chicago Kent College of Law. Due to the length of the memo (18 pages) it would be unwieldy to post in its entirety, but you can read it at the link above.
I will, however, provide a small preview which will explain the thought process behind the memo:
Dear Dean Polden:Enclosed is a memo I felt I needed to write, dealing with the proposed changes in the A.B.A. Standards as they deal with tenure and security of position. I would appreciate if it is made available to the other members of the Standards Review Committee before its next meeting. I apologize for the length of the memo, but I felt it necessary to respond to your and Dean Matasar’s presentations at the A.A.L.S. meeting, where I heard for the first time the underlying reasons for the proposed changes.I appreciate greatly the work you and the committee are doing. But I feel I must join the critics of the proposals. There is no opportunity at the committee meetings, nor will there be at the open forum that will be held at a subsequent meeting, to speak to the issues, so I felt the need to join those who filed their thoughts in memo form.
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