Leanne Shank is senior vice president for legal and corporate affairs, general counsel, and corporate secretary at the Law School Admission Council. In this role, she manages the legal and corporate work for the organization. Shank and her legal team provide legal advice to the board of trustees, its committees, senior leadership, and managers in all areas of LSAC operations. Shank also works with disability associations and communities to help enhance the pipeline and reduce barriers to legal education and the legal profession. Her legal career began at a private firm in Washington, D.C. She was the county attorney for Rockbridge County, Virginia, and spent over twenty years as general counsel at Washington and Lee University, working closely with its board, president’s cabinet, and school of law in addressing all of the university’s legal matters. Shank is the past chair of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, whose mission is to advance the effective practice of higher education attorneys for the benefit of the colleges and universities they serve. Actively involved in NACUA since 1993, Shank served on its board for two prior rotations, including as former treasurer and chair of the Committee on Finance and Audit. Shank has spoken frequently at NACUA conferences and other higher education workshops and has attended numerous meetings at the Department of Education and White House on legal issues impacting higher education. She 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.
Marc Maurer’s story is nothing short of inspiring. He’s been blind since he was an infant, and he attended law school at a time when accommodations for students with disabilities were a far cry from what they are today. I recently was honored to speak with Marc about his background, the challenges he’s faced in his career, and how those with disabilities can make a difference in the legal profession.
Today, December 3, is the United Nations’ International Day of Persons With Disabilities. The U.N. has marked this occasion since 1992, and the goal of the observance is to “promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.” That goal is at the core of our mission at LSAC, where we’ve worked hard to help people with disabilities enter the legal profession and add their diverse voices to our justice system.