Thursday, July 31, 2014
Texas Lawyer, Texas Wesleyan Law Grads Want Aggie Status, File Complaint With ABA:
A dozen graduates of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, unhappy with how Texas A&M University has treated them since it acquired the law school in 2013, have lodged a complaint with the American Bar Association.
The complaint, sent on July 25 to the ABA, comes two weeks after 500 TWU School of Law alumni submitted a petition to TAMU officials asking the university to "reissue" diplomas under the Texas A&M University School of Law name. The petition was sent to the university president, board of regents and others.
In the complaint to the ABA, the Texas Wesleyan alumni write that they want to be recognized as alumni of Texas A&M University School of Law "with all of the rights and benefits" given to graduates of the law school. ... They allege in the complaint that the TAMU School of Law is out of compliance with standards that require the law school to report accurate and nonmisleading information about the school. The TWU School of Law graduates note in the complaint that TAMU School of Law lists bar passage statistics from 2010, 2011 and 2012, which apply to TWU School of Law, and also publicizes pro bono statistics that include hours done by TWU School of Law alumni.
"Our biggest issue is that Texas A&M markets the accomplishments of Texas Wesleyan grads, they publicize our bar passage rates … and in the next breath, they claim we can't say we went there," said Michael Hammond, a 2004 graduate who drafted the complaint.