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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nova Offers Buyouts to Law Faculty With Age + Experience > 60

NovaDaily Business Review:  Nova's Law School Offering Professors Voluntary Buyouts:

After 40 years as a law professor at Nova Southeastern University, Bruce Rogow—who has taught at the school since it first opened—delivered his final lecture last week. Rogow is one of dozens of tenured law professors to be offered buyouts by the school. ...

Nova’s NSU Shepard Broad Law Center is not the only law school to offer buyouts to professors. Several law schools around the country, including Albany Law School, Vermont Law School and University at Buffalo Law School, have offered faculty members buyouts to shore up finances as enrollment continues to drop.

At Nova, letters were sent to all 60 full-time law professors in March notifying them of the buyouts. To become eligible, professors must achieve a “point” rating of 60, which combines age and years of service. For example, Rogow is 74 and has taught at Nova for 40 years, so his score is 114.

The faculty has until May 25 to decide whether to take the buyouts, which have been capped at 20 percent of the faculty, according to Bob Jarvis, another longtime law professor. ... Gail Richmond, who has been teaching at Nova law school for 35 years, is another professor who is considering a buyout. “I might be taking it,” she said. “I’m certainly interested in it.” Because the number of professors eligible is capped at 20 percent, Richmond said she doesn’t feel the program will weed out all the experienced, senior faculty.

(Hat Tip:  Above the Law.)

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The choice of the words "weed out" seems a bit unfortunate. I guess we can say that the younger or new faculty are "seedlings" to be fertilized, nurtured and protected from the siphoning off of essential nutrients by the older "weeds" who not only "uglify" the "flowerbed" of a law school but require a disproportionate amount of scarce resources?

Posted by: David | Apr 15, 2014 7:34:23 AM

Dean, Professor, Scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, today in the New York Times on legal education:

"the widely made claims of a “crisis” are exaggerated and do not reflect the contributions legal education makes to achieving justice and well-being for many in the world."

The "crisis" is exaggerated because social justice is important. What a fabulous, coherent argument. Erwin identifies the "crisis" as nearly bankrupt law schools, unable, apparently, to make the intellectual leap to identify the horrendously unjust, economic destruction visited on the lives of graduates as the root.

The injustice is caused by a monopoly to enter the profession through the price-fixed gate of law schools, and a labor surplus caused by these very schools.

So, cry me a river Nova faculty. Cry me a river, Erwin Chemerinsky. You will NEVER know what it is to live under the economic conditions you foisted on your graduates. You will NEVER know the suffering you caused. An entire generation is being denied not only the shot at socio-economic mobility, but at the simple, physical and psychological necessities of life: a place to be productive, independence, privacy, family, love, and hope. What would retributive justice look like for the predation that has occurred? How many life sentences in hell would have to be imposed on these principals of the fraud in order to be equal to the suffering they've caused and profited from?

Law schools have been sh***ing where they eat for decades, and now finally the vigilantes are out. I hope they die and never come back. They were never egalitarian.

Posted by: Yup | Apr 15, 2014 12:42:37 PM

One wonders how "voluntary" these buyouts are. I personally would not accept anything of this nature unless there were extraordinary pressure. One has to ask if law schools are really responding to the "crisis" or using it as an excuse to do things they wanted to do in any case.

Posted by: michael livingston | Apr 16, 2014 5:38:10 AM