LMU Law Dean Steps Down Amid Accreditation Woes

Duncan School of Law Dean Sydney Beckman has stepped down and will return to teaching amid uncertainty with the school’s latest appeal for accreditation. Knox News reports that the American Bar Association denied an appeal from the law school in July, but offered a second opportunity to appeal. The Tennessee Board of Law Examiners granted the school an extension of its provisional state approval, giving it until 2017 to earn ABA accreditation. The federal lawsuit LMU filed against the ABA alleging antitrust and due process violations has been stayed pending the outcome of the latest appeal.