Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law has been publicly censured by the ABA after the association’s accreditation committee came away unimpressed from a visit to the school. The visit was initially made to investigate a claim of gender discrimination by a faculty member. In addition to finding Thurgood Marshall Law out of compliance with equal opportunity employment standards, the accreditation committee also found it lacking in admissions, educational programs and academic advising.
Thurgood Marshall must provide the committee admissions data and methodology, including their admissions practices and policies, for this fall’s entering class. They have also been required to pay a $15,000 fine and post the ABA’s censure of both their equal opportunity noncompliance as well as the lacking in admissions, educational programs and academic advising to their website.
Neither of these public censures should spell impending doom for Thurgood Marshall. And while it’s certainly not a great day for the school, we certainly hope this helps the school find the resolve to successfully address the underlying problems behind the censure.