RECOMMENDATION TO ESTABLISH A CONTINUING COMMISSION
The Commission recommends that the responsibility for implementing and monitoring the recommendations be assigned to a specific body. The body specified should also have the specific charge to continue to develop ways to more effectively bridge the gap between law schools and the profession. The report of the MacCrate Commission, as well as the Ohio Conclave on Legal Education, has served to create a valuable dialogue between the academy and the profession. Likewise, the dialogue generated by the work of the Commission has created possibilities for partnership between the academy and profession for the life-long education of lawyers.
A number of groups currently exist to foster communication between the Bar and law schools. The Legal Education Committee of the Ohio State Bar Association, while having developed ambitious programming, has not been entirely successful in generating the needed dialogue between the profession and the academy. The Ohio League of Law Schools, once a valuable source of communication between the profession and the academy, has not filled its role of creating communication, in large part due to the fact that its role in approving law schools has been over shadowed by the dominant position of the American Bar Association. The academy and profession have witnessed numerous initiatives with respect to bridging the gap, including changes in the Bar Exam, without a real opportunity for full study by a board taking a more global view of an integrative plan to assist lawyers in bridging the gap between the academy and the profession.
Therefore, the Commission recommends that the Bar and the Court continue the work of the Commission, by assigning to a board or committee the responsibility to foster continuing dialogue. This board or committee should have representatives from the law school community, the Continuing Legal Education Board, the Ohio Board of Bar Examiners, the Ohio CLE Institute, members of the judiciary and practicing attorneys. The Bar and Court should encourage all boards, commissions, and committees dealing with matters impacting upon bridging the gap between law schools and the profession, to be in dialogue with this new board or commission. In addition, any continuing board or committee should monitor and advocate for implementation of the Commission’s recommendations, as well as work to develop a model curriculum for lawyers to satisfy between the date of their licensure and the first anniversary of their licensure.
The Court, bar, and academy should continue to dedicate themselves to accomplishing the daunting task of bridging the gap between the law schools and the profession. The state of Ohio is fortunate to have nine law schools, a Supreme Court, a state bar and metro bar associations that are willing to work in partnership with each other. Continuing the work of the Commission will capitalize on that partnership.