The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law November 2014
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Ruth Colker Appointed Expert in LSAC Consent Decree

Professor Ruth Colker 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 Law School Admission Test (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). As part of the decree, the LSAC will pay $7.73 million in penalties and damages to compensate over 6,000 individuals nationwide who applied for testing accommodations on the LSAT over the past five years and must implement comprehensive reforms of its policies for test takers with disabilities.

"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."

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