Leanne 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.
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.
Today, July 26, is the 29th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law.