B-88250, MAR 13, 1973

B-88250: Mar 13, 1973

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WE AGREE THAT THERE IS A GROWING CONVICTION THAT EXISTING PROVISIONS FOR THIS NEED ARE INADEQUATE IN BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE PRACTICE. YOU CAN BE ASSURED THAT IF THE BROAD BASED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ENVISIONED BY THE PROPOSAL IS ADOPTED OUR OFFICE WILL GIVE IT OUR FULL SUPPORT.

B-88250, MAR 13, 1973

CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES - LAWYERS - CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION LETTER REGARDING THE ADOPTION OF A FULL PROGRAM OF CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR GOVERNMENT ATTORNEYS. THE COMP. GEN. HEARTILY ENDORSES THE PROPOSAL TO ADOPT A FULL PROGRAM OF CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR GOVERNMENT ATTORNEYS. MOREOVER, THE CREATION OF THE FEDERAL LEGAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE, OR SIMILAR ENTITY, WOULD SEEM TO BE AN APPROPRIATE VEHICLE FOR THAT PURPOSE.

TO MR. ROBERT E. HAMPTON:

THIS REFERS TO YOUR LETTER OF FEBRUARY 20, 1973, CONCERNING THE ADOPTION OF A FULL PROGRAM OF CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR GOVERNMENT ATTORNEYS. SPECIFICALLY, YOU REQUEST THAT WE ADVISE YOU AS TO THE EXTENT WE WOULD SUPPORT SUCH A PROGRAM.

WE AGREE THAT THERE IS A GROWING CONVICTION THAT EXISTING PROVISIONS FOR THIS NEED ARE INADEQUATE IN BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE PRACTICE. THERE APPARENTLY HAS BEEN A GENERAL RELUCTANCE TO INVEST THE RESOURCES NECESSARY FOR AN ACTIVE AND FLEXIBLE PROGRAM OF THIS NATURE.

YOU SUBMIT FOR OUR CONSIDERATION A PROPOSAL FOR A FEDERAL LEGAL EDUCATION INSTITUTE TO MEET THE ABOVE-INDICATED NEED FOR FEDERAL ATTORNEYS. THE INSTITUTE WOULD BE TAILORED TO COME WITHIN THE AUTHORIZATION PROVIDED IN THE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES TRAINING ACT. IT WOULD BE HEADED BY A PROMINENT ATTORNEY-EDUCATOR AND ITS CHARTER WOULD INCLUDE THE DESIGNING AND CONDUCTING OF SEMINARS, CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, AND OTHER ACTIVITIES TO FOSTER THE CONTINUING EDUCATION OF ATTORNEYS.

WE HEARTILY ENDORSE THE PROPOSAL TO ADOPT A FULL PROGRAM OF CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR GOVERNMENT ATTORNEYS. MOREOVER, THE CREATION OF THE INSTITUTE, OR SIMILAR ENTITY, WOULD SEEM TO US TO BE AN APPROPRIATE VEHICLE FOR THAT PURPOSE. YOU CAN BE ASSURED THAT IF THE BROAD BASED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM ENVISIONED BY THE PROPOSAL IS ADOPTED OUR OFFICE WILL GIVE IT OUR FULL SUPPORT.