There has been some blog discussion about Dean Ken Randall's departure from the University of Alabama after 20 years at the helm. He shared some details about his plans for the future, his view of legal education, and his ongoing relationship with Alabama. From an email:
We all are still working on the margins of traditional education with distance ed; it is high time to create economies of scale industry-wide; to bring law to non-lawyers; to create hybrid models of brick-and-mortar and technology-based programs; to train lawyers to deliver legal services in the new technology-based ways clients demand; and to train law students for jobs that don't require a bar license. We need inclusive education, that breaks down geographical and other boundaries.
The InfiLaw System offered a special opportunity, supporting me to lead a new venture, InfiLaw Ventures, both to create new content, and to deliver existing content in ways that expand markets and serve student learners who otherwise might be left out of education....We will joint venture with schools nationally and internationally. I've been involved in traditional legal education. But the ABA rules on distance education need updating. We need the accreditors and educators and innovators coming together to meet the new realities of legal education.
I deaned at Alabama for 20 years; in fact I smile when asked about the timing of my retirement; the question should be how does one person stay so long.....And even this Fall, the Alabama President has asked me to help with Alabama's ABA inspection