Immediate Past President
A highly respected leaders in American legal education, Leigh H. Taylor is admired particularly for his efforts to help ensure the rights of women and minorities. A civil rights activist in college he was recruited by the Attorney General’s Honors Program for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice where he served as lead counsel in one of the largest school desegregation cases filed by the Department.
He became the youngest law school dean in the country when he was appointed to that post at Ohio Northern University College of Law, and the following year was selected for the deanship at Southwestern Law School. For 27 years under his leadership, Southwestern realized tremendous growth and development in all program areas and created one of the most beautiful and technologically advanced law school environments anywhere. A long-term member of the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) board of trustees, he was elected chair of LSAC in 1995. In that role, he established innovative outreach and support programs, to encourage lesbian and gay law school applicants and students. He has also chaired the board of trustees of the National Association for Law Placement Foundation for Law Career Research and Education.
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