By Nancy Harbert

University of New Mexico School of Law Professor Emeritus Peter Winograd has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the American Bar Association, the national voice of the legal profession. While serving his three-year term on the board, he will help oversee the administration and management of the ABA.

Winograd previously served as associate dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law for 28 years before retiring in 2004, and throughout his career he has been actively involved in the national legal education community.

His contributions to the ABA have been vast: he was a member of the he was a member of the governing council of the legal education section for nine years, and in 1999, he received the Kutak Award for his outstanding contributions to legal education, the practicing bar and the judiciary across the United States.

He chaired the section's Government Relations and Student Financial Aid Committee, which coordinated association efforts to pass federal loan forgiveness legislation for graduates of higher education programs who work in public service. He has chaired many site evaluation teams to review and monitor the compliance of law schools with ABA Standards for Approval of Law Schools.

In part because of his record of service with accreditation of law schools, Winograd was appointed as a public member of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, the agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit medical degree programs in the United States.

Winograd also has been active with the Association of American Law Schools and the Law School Admission Council, of which he is a past president. In those two organizations, he has focused his energies on such issues as student financial aid, student services, advancing professional opportunities for women legal educators and teachers in clinical legal programs, minority opportunities, and diversity in legal education.

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