Leanne Shank

Leanne M. ShankLeanne Shank is senior vice president for legal and corporate affairs, general counsel, and corporate secretary at the Law School Admission Council. She provides legal advice to the board of trustees, its committees, senior leadership, and managers in all areas of LSAC operations. In this capacity, Shank also works with disability associations and communities to help enhance the pipeline of candidates to law schools and reduce barriers to legal education and the legal profession. A key focus of her work is to ensure that LSAC operations—such as accommodated testing—align with the organization’s mission to promote and further the quality, access, and fairness of the law school admission process. Previously, Shank was general counsel to Washington and Lee University for almost 23 years. She is the past chair of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), which is the leading higher education lawyer’s association. NACUA is the primary source of information on developments in the field and enhances legal assistance to colleges and universities by educating attorneys and administrators as to the nature of campus legal issues. Shank served two rotations on NACUA’s board and has spoken frequently at NACUA conferences and higher education workshops. She has attended numerous meetings at the Department of Education and White House on legal issues impacting higher education. Shank earned a BA with summa cum laude honors from the State University of New York at Oswego and a JD from University of North Carolina School of Law.

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