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Colker appointed as disability expert on consent decree between U.S. Dept. of Justice and Law School Admissions Council

September 12, 2014 | Faculty

Ruth Colker, Distinguished University Professor and Heck Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law, was appointed to serve as a disability expert on the consent decree between the U.S. Department of Justice and the Law School Admissions Council. She is tasked with helping them develop “best practices” for administering the LSAT.

The consent decree was filed by the Justice Department on May 20, 2014, after allegations that the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) engaged in widespread and systemic discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

“We’ll prepare a report at the end of this process which will be public,” Colker, who is the only lawyer on the panel, said.

“I consider it quite an honor to be the disability expert on this panel. The other four panel members are educational psychologists or testing experts.”

Professor Colker is one of the leading scholars in the country in the areas of Constitutional Law and Disability Discrimination. She is the author of 12 books, two of which have won book prizes. She has also published more than 50 articles in law journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, Columbia Law Journal, Pennsylvania Law Review, University of Virginia Law Review and University of Michigan Law Journal.

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