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Two law professors selected for American Bar Association committees

August 1, 2016 : Liberty University News Service

Liberty University School of Law faculty members Scott Thompson and Caren Harp have accepted invitations to serve on American Bar Association committees. (Photo by Kevin Manguiob)Two faculty members from Liberty University School of Law have accepted the invitation to serve on American Bar Association committees. Associate Professor Caren Harp will serve on the Juvenile Justice Standards Task Force and Professor Scott Thompson will serve on the Competitions Committee’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) subcommittee.

“Liberty Law professors are servant leaders, and they are inspiring, innovating, and impacting the legal profession,” said Keith Faulkner, dean of Liberty Law.

In her role with the Juvenile Justice Standards Task Force, Harp will help to keep the standards and accompanying commentary relevant in light of important legal developments, ABA policy initiatives, and scientific advances in child and adolescent development.

“Professor Harp is a recognized expert in the area of juvenile justice, and her expertise will add greatly to the work of the task force and the greater ABA,” Faulkner said. “Importantly, the work of this committee will make a positive impact on juveniles across our nation.”

In addition to teaching at Liberty Law, Harp is also a training and policy consultant for the National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center.

“It’s a privilege to serve the profession through the ABA,” Harp said. “Academia and the legal profession are most effective when research and scholarship inform the practice of law, and when practice shapes and contributes to the education of law students. Theory grounded in practical application is at the heart of our lawyering skills program.”

Thompson is the coach of Liberty’s top 10 nationally ranked Moot Court Team. His invitation to serve on the Competitions Committee, specifically the NAAC subcommittee, gives him a seat at the table that oversees all of the practical skills competitions for the ABA. The subcommittee manages six regional competitions and administers the national championship tournament.

“Professor Thompson has developed one of the nation’s premiere moot court programs at Liberty Law,” Faulkner said. “His selection to serve on the NAAC subcommittee is evidence of his recognized expertise in preparing the next generation of appellate advocates to make an impact in practice and on the profession.”

Thompson said the recognition points to the success of the team.

“Being selected to serve on the committee is an acknowledgement of the reputation that Liberty’s Moot Court Team has developed,” he said. “Serving on the committee allows me to learn from other members of the committee and bring that knowledge back to Liberty to further improve our program.”

Harp and Thompson will serve for terms of 2-3 years.

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