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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Texas Wesleyan Law Grads File Complaint With ABA, Seek Reissued Texas A&M Diplomas

Texas Lawyer, Texas Wesleyan Law Grads Want Aggie Status, File Complaint With ABA:

Texas A&M Law LogoA 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.

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If I had money, I'd bet money that the ABA totally ignores this, maybe even to the point of not responding to the complaint. Anyone see that Funny or Die clip about Comcast customer service? I won't link to it because the title contains language not suited for a tax law blog, but that's what I'm thinking about right now reading this Texas Wesleyan complaint.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Jul 31, 2014 3:30:05 PM

Unemployed would have lost money on his rhetorical bet. The ABA has already acknowledged receipt of the complaint and said that they'll respond in six weeks or so.

Posted by: Warren Norred | Aug 9, 2014 10:56:43 PM