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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Law Prof Files Discrimination Complaint Over Tenure Denial:  'Inferior Whites Advance On Campbell’s Faculty While Superior Blacks Are Blocked'

JonesFollowing up on my previous post, Black Law Prof Files Discrimination Complaint Over Tenure Denial: 'When Dr. King Called Sunday At 11 A.M. The Most Segregated Hour In America, He Could Have Just As Easily Referred To Law Faculty Meetings 50 Years Later':

News & Observer, Former Professor Claims Racial Discrimination at Campbell Law School:

A former law professor at Campbell University accused the school of racial discrimination on Facebook Live on Friday, saying African Americans don’t get tenure at Campbell.

Amos Jones made the assertions on Facebook and on a San Diego-based Christian radio broadcast. In a phone interview with The News & Observer on Friday, he said he was passed over for tenure and that his contract was not renewed. He left the school in May.

“They haven’t tenured a black in 11 years,” Jones said. “They cannot suddenly change that. Their record speaks for itself. ... They have a problem with hiring blacks and that will change, whether it’s me or not. They cannot continue to do that. The ABA expects more in their accreditation standards.”

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July 8, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (5)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

Hamilton And Law School Deaning

Hamilton 2Surf Report, Right Hand Man: Caron and Hamilton:

Hamilton changed my life. I am not exaggerating when I say Lin Manuel-Miranda will be remembered as the William Shakespeare of our time.

Dean Caron first saw Hamilton last August. His daughter was beginning medical school, so he wanted to mark the moment by doing something special. Before seeing the play, his daughter had the soundtrack on repeat at home and in the car, so Caron was familiar with the lyrics. Not only does Caron believe that the play is “genius,” but he feels it’s a compelling musical metaphor for his tenure as dean. ... 

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July 7, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, July 6, 2017

'Is Whittier Law School An Outlier Or A Bellwether, A White Elephant Or A Canary In The Coal Mine?'

WhittierFollowing up on my previous posts on the closure of Whittier Law School (links below):  USA Today, Law Schools Hunker Down As Enrollment Slips:

Whittier Law School in California is closing its doors for good next spring, and students and faculty are stunned. It is, after all, a shocking milestone — to be the first ever accredited law school to shut down. ...

Future lawyers, heed this. Whittier's demise could be a sign of things to come.

As several trends hit the law profession — fewer graduates, fewer jobs and the specter of growing automation in legal services — experts say more law schools could take a hit.

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July 6, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

Symposium:  WashULaw’s 150th Anniversary — Celebrating Our Faculty

Wash U (2017)Symposium, WashULaw’s 150th Anniversary: Celebrating Our Faculty, 53 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 1-267 (2017):

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July 6, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Pepperdine Seeks To Hire A Visiting LRW Professor

Pepperdine Law School (2017) (Logo) (High-Res).jpgPepperdine Seeks to Hire a Legal Research and Writing Visiting Professor (2017-18):

Pepperdine University School of Law seeks a Legal Research and Writing Visiting Professor for one year to teach for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants must have a J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school, have excellent academic credentials, be committed to teaching Legal Research and Writing, and support the goals and mission of the University. Applicants should have at least two to three years of post-J.D. experience in a position or positions requiring substantial legal writing. The position comes with a market-competitive salary, employment benefits, and the title of Assistant Visiting Professor of Legal Research and Writing.

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July 6, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Finkelstein On How And Who To Teach Transactional Skills

What is the optimum mix (if there is to be a mix at all) in legal education as among theory, doctrine, and "skills"? And as to the "skills," who is going to teach them? And as to transactional skills, historically the least amenable to either simulation or clinic pedagogy, add "how" to the question of "who."  Oh, and by the way, what do law professors have against getting practitioners actively involved in both the "who" and the "how"?

Those are the subjects of a provocative article, Barriers to Entry: Putting it Together School by School (to be published in the Journal of Experiential Education) by Jay Finkelstein, a corporate and securities partner at DLA Piper in the D.C. area.

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July 5, 2017 in Legal Education, Teaching | Permalink | Comments (6)

Andy Morriss Steps Down As Texas A&M Law School Dean To Lead New School Of Innovation

MorrissAndy Morriss is stepping down as Dean at Texas A&M to become Vice President for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and lead a new School of Innovation — I-School — at Texas A&M. Andy was named the inaugural dean after Texas A&M acquired Texas Wesleyan Law School for $20 million in 2012 and received ABA approval in 2013. Andy was a transformative dean in his three short years, hiring a number of outstanding faculty (including two impressive tax hires), dramatically shrinking enrollment and reducing tuition, challenging other law schools to be more accountable in their admissions and bar passage practices, embracing a rigorous metrics-based approach for measuring and incentivizing faculty scholarship, and engineering an incredible ascent in the U.S. News Rankings, up 57 places in the overall ranking to 92 (from 149) and 50 places in the academic peer reputation ranking to 101 (to 2.2 from 1.7 (152)). From the press release:

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July 5, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

The Price Of Graduate And Professional School: How Much Students Pay

Sandy Baum (Urban Institute) & Patricia Steele (Higher Ed Insight), The Price of Graduate and Professional School: How Much Students Pay (AccessLex 2017):

Like tuition and fees for undergraduate students, prices for graduate and professional study have risen rapidly over time. But average published prices tell us little about how much students actually pay. Despite high sticker prices, many students enrolled in research doctoral degree programs pay no tuition and fees because institutional grant aid, fellowships and tuition waivers cover these charges.

Master’s degree students and those in professional practice degree programs are much less likely to receive this assistance. In 2011–12, one-third of full-time graduate and professional degree students received grant aid from their institutions. This included 71 percent of research doctoral students, compared with 38 percent of master’s and 42 percent of professional degree students.

After an overview of how graduate school prices have changed over time, this brief provides detailed information on published and net prices for students continuing their education beyond a bachelor’s degree.

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July 5, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

At The Movies With A Law School Dean: 'There Is A Little Bit Of Wonder Woman In Every Good Lawyer'

Wonder Woman 3Following up on my recent post, Wonder Woman And Female Law Professors:  Nick Allard (Dean, Brooklyn) reviews Wonder Woman:

At this time of year I am frequently asked by our eager and bright eyed, newly admitted students, what to do over the summer to prepare for beginning the rigors of law school. This summer I am telling them to go see the hit movie Wonder Woman. After all, we already know they have what it takes to be fine lawyers and they are already well prepared.   So they might as well have a little fun and watch a terrific flick about the triumph of good over evil.

It is actually the same advice I am giving our recent law school graduates as they prepare for the bar exam, the antiquated drawbridge controlling their entry to profession.  Each year I advise them to treat their ritual bar review preparation like a job. That means "show up" every day between now and the test in late July, work hard for a good eight hours or maybe a little more, then every day take a break, take care of yourself, and make time to remind yourself you have a life. I recommend that they eat healthy, get plenty of sleep, exercise, take in the many wonders of Brooklyn and the rest of the Big Apple, enjoy their families and friends, maybe fall in love, and perhaps reflect on why they are working so hard to make a difference as lawyers.  

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July 4, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

A Bittersweet 4th Of July

This is a bittersweet 4th of July holiday, as my father died ten years ago, and I find myself thinking of him more and more with each passing year. I often wonder what he would think of the man I have become over the past ten years. My eulogy at his funeral did not fully capture the towering presence he was in my life, and he remains so in death.  My pastor Al Sturgeon passed along this wonderful song from Chet Atkins that beautifully captures my feelings:


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July 4, 2017 in Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (4)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Harvard Establishes Justice Antonin Scalia Professorship

Harvard Law School (2016)Harvard Law School Establishes Professorship in Honor of Justice Antonin Scalia ’60:

Harvard Law School announced that it has established the Antonin Scalia Professorship of Law in recognition of the historic tenure of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia ’60. The professorship is endowed by the Considine Family Foundation.

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July 3, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

After 71% Enrollment Decline, Florida Coastal Plans To Further Shrink 1L Class To Raise Minimum LSAT Score By 7 Points And Avoid Fate Of Arizona Summit, Charlotte Law Schools

Florida Coastal (2017)Florida Times-Union, Florida Coastal Cuts Enrollment, Classes to Boost Bar Exam Results:

Florida Coastal School of Law plans to cut enrollment and reduce course offerings as its leadership looks to avoid a fate similar to its sister schools in North Carolina and Arizona.

Within the past year, the American Bar Association placed both Charlotte Law School and Arizona Summit Law School on probation for admission policies and academic standards.

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July 3, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Law School Deans

I am very honored to be part of this new cohort of law school deans.  #NewbieDeans

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July 2, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

NY Times:  Does God Want You To Spend $300,000 To Go To Notre Dame?

Notre DameNew York Times, Does God Want You to Spend $300,000 for College?:

In the remarks he prepared for his parting address to the University of Notre Dame class of 2017, Rev. John I. Jenkins urged the graduating seniors to turn and applaud their families.

Father Jenkins, the Notre Dame president, did not end up delivering those words, though. Earlier on, the featured commencement speaker, Vice President Mike Pence, stole his thunder by issuing a similar order. And Mr. Pence did Father Jenkins one better by explicitly noting how many checks most of their loved ones had written to the university.

Anyone contemplating the full cost of attendance at what is arguably the nation’s most prominent Catholic undergraduate institution probably wonders just how big those checks are for four years here. Families with teenagers starting this fall can expect to pay close to $300,000 over four years, assuming costs increase 3 percent or so each year. Even families with incomes over $100,000 who qualify for financial aid will still probably pay a whole lot more than they would at their flagship state university — easily $50,000, $100,000 or $150,000 more.

All of which invites an obvious question: In what holy book is it written that we owe anything like this kind of expenditure to each of our children? ...

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July 2, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (5)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

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New Bill Would Bring Back Subsidized Law Student Loans, It’s a Stretch, But Law Students Could Get Subsidized Loans Again:

Subsidized government loans for graduate students became a casualty of the 2011 debt ceiling crisis, but law school proponents are pushing to resurrect them with the help of sympathetic lawmakers.

Bringing back subsidized Stafford loans would knock about $4,000 off the initial federal loan bills that typical law student graduates with and save them even more over the life of those loans, according to Chris Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute.

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July 1, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Pepperdine In Washington, D.C.:  2011 Pennsylvania Avenue

I am in Washington, D.C. for my first ABA Annual Deans Workshop.  I squeezed in a visit to Pepperdine's Washington, D.C. campus located at 2011 Pennsylvania Avenue, three blocks from the White House:


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July 1, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Lipshaw:  Beyond Legal Reasoning — A Critique Of Pure Lawyering

LipshawUpdate:  Free access to the book is available for the next 60 days here.

Jeffrey Lipshaw (Suffolk), Beyond Legal Reasoning: A Critique of Pure Lawyering (Routledge 2017):

The concept of learning to ‘think like a lawyer’ is one of the cornerstones of legal education in the United States and beyond. In this book, Jeffrey Lipshaw provides a critique of the traditional views of "thinking like a lawyer: or "pure lawyering" aimed at lawyers, law professors, and students who want to understand lawyering beyond the traditional warrior metaphor. Drawing on his extensive experience at the intersection of real world law and business issues, Professor Lipshaw presents a sophisticated philosophical argument that the "pure lawyering" of traditional legal education is agnostic to either truth or moral value of outcomes. He demonstrates pure lawyering’s potential both for illusions of certainty and cynical instrumentalism, and the consequences of both when lawyers are called on as dealmakers, policymakers, and counsellors.

This book offers an avenue for getting beyond (or unlearning) merely how to think like a lawyer. It combines legal theory, philosophy of knowledge, and doctrine with an appreciation of real-life judgment calls that multi-disciplinary lawyers are called upon to make. The book will be of great interest to scholars of legal education, legal language and reasoning as well as professors who teach both doctrine and thinking and writing skills in the first year law school curriculum; and for anyone who is interested in seeking a perspective on ‘thinking like a lawyer’ beyond the litigation arena.

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July 1, 2017 in Book Club, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

Battle Of The Network Stars At Pepperdine: Episode 1

Battle 3Following up on last month's post, Battle Of The Network Stars Returns To Pepperdine: the first of ten episodes aired on ABC last night, hosted by Mike Greenberg and Joe Tessitore (more here):

In an ode to ABC's Wide World of Sports, 100 TV stars from 14 different network and cable companies will take their athleticism to a new level as they compete — to feel "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" — in the revival of Battle of the Network Stars, based on the '70s and '80s television pop-culture classic, remiering on THURSDAY, JUNE 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on ABC. The new Battle of the Network Stars will be a nostalgic throwback to the original series, where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics while featuring an array of fan favorites from numerous TV series like Modern FamilyPretty Little LiarsScandalMelrose PlaceBeverly Hills, 90210The GoldbergsHow to Get Away with MurderBuffy the Vampire SlayerThe Incredible HulkThe West WingDallasCHiPsLaw & Order and many more.

The original series from ABC Sports began in 1976 and continued for 13 years. The 10-episode summer event will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games. Viewers can look forward to seeing a fresh take at some of the classic show's sporting events like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course and Dunk Tank — all from the site of the original series, the beautiful campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

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June 30, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Erwin Chemerinsky's Farewell: Lessons From Hamilton

ErwinHamiltonOrange County Register op-ed:  A New Adventure and a Heavy Heart, by Erwin Chemerinsky:

Early on Saturday morning, my wife and I will load up our cars and drive from Irvine to begin our new positions, which officially start on that day, at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. My nine years in Orange County and at University of California, Irvine have been wonderful, everything I possibly could have hoped for and more. It sounds cliché, but I will drive away with a heavy heart for all I am leaving behind and very mixed emotions.

Many have asked me why I would leave UCI Law School, having devoted a decade of my life to helping to create it since my appointment as the founding dean in September 2007. From the outset, my expectation was that I would spend 10 years as dean. I already had decided and repeatedly said that next year was to be my last in the role. It is time for the Law School to go through a careful re-examination and I am not the one to lead that process; I am too invested in and identified with what we have done.

I am struck by the parallels to the song One Last Time in Hamilton:

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June 29, 2017 in Advice for Erwin Chemerinsky, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tenured Prof Refuses To Teach Summer Course Because Under-Enrollment Would Have Cut His Pay 43%

Inside Higher Ed, Professor Cancels Course Over Proposed Pay Cut:

A professor of biology at Youngstown State University canceled a summer course after finding out that the university planned to prorate his salary based on low enrollment, WKBN reported. The professor, Chet Cooper, reportedly said that “it was wrong for me to accept that kind of position given my expertise and my professional position at the university.” Cooper, whose now-canceled microbiology course was to have eight students instead of the required 15, wrote in an email to those enrolled, “The issue is that I adamantly refuse to teach this course for less than full pay. Due to contractual restrictions based upon enrollment, I would have to agree to teach the course for a 43 percent decrease in salary. As any faculty member knows, it is as much effort to teach eight students as it is 15.” ...

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June 28, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Trump And Devos Deliver One-Two Punch On Law School Loans

American Lawyer LogoAmerican Lawyer:  Trump and Devos Deliver One-Two Punch on Law School Loans, by Steven J. Harper (Northwestern):

Since 2007, the public service loan forgiveness (PSLF) program for federal student loans has been an escape hatch for law graduates and others saddled with overwhelming educational debt. The idea was that a graduate would take a public service job at low pay and reduced monthly loan requirements. After a decade of service, any remaining loan debt was forgiven.

The well-known backstory is that student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. They can follow a person to the grave.

There were and still are problems with PSLF, such as the resulting tax on the imputed income from the forgiven loan. And 10 years is a long time to toil in low wage positions. But the country and many recent graduates have been the better for it. ...

For young lawyers hoping that public service loan forgiveness could be an answer to a lifetime of student debt burdens, President Trump has some bad news. Rather than remedy the problems with a program that can provide enormous help to many recent grads and the organizations for which they work, he wants to eliminate it altogether. It’s analogous to his approach to the Affordable Care Act. Fixing something is more difficult than eliminating it altogether. So Trump proposes to eliminate it.

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June 28, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (18)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Hoffman:  Law Schools Should Spend Less Time Perseverating On Our Decline And More Time Trumpeting What We Do Well

In response to my post yesterday on Declining Law School Applications And Entering Credentials: Responding With Pivot Pedagogy, Dave Hoffman (Pennsylvania) tweeted:


Here is part of Dave's great 2014 post:  

[L]aw schools (and congregations) seek to evolve without losing some core component of their identity. For synagogues, the question boils down to how – and how much – to welcome non-jews to the pews. Law Schools, similarly, now ask “who do we want to teach.”

Some – like Penn State – increasingly make foreign LLMs a key constituency, rather than a tolerated budgetary crutch. Other schools compete in the increasing crowded online education/certification market for domestic lawyers, or paralegals.  ... [I]t’s fair to ask if law schools are or could be generally good at teaching non-JD students.

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June 27, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

GPA Of Students Whose Parents Receive Text Messages About Their Performance Rises 0.05

ApplePeter Bergman (Columbia) & Todd Rogers (Harvard), Is this Technology Useless? How Seemingly Irrelevant Factors Affect Adoption and Efficacy:

We conduct a field experiment to understand how the strategies organizations use to implement new technologies affect their adoption and efficacy. Specifically, we show that the standard strategy schools use to introduce a text message alert system for parents — online signup — induces negligible adoption. Simplifying the enrollment process by allowing parents to enroll via text messages modestly increases adoption — especially among parents of higher-performing students. Automatically enrolling parents dramatically increases adoption since very few parents opt out. The standard and simplified implementations generate no detectable increases in student performance. However, automatically enrolling parents meaningfully increases GPA and reduces student course failures.

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June 27, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Declining Law School Applications And Entering Credentials: Responding With Pivot Pedagogy

Laura Padilla (California Western), Whoosh — Declining Law School Applications and Entering Credentials: Responding with Pivot Pedagogy, 3 Int'l J. Arts &and Human. 43 (2017):

Whoosh — that is the sound when the number of law school applications and entering law students and the credentials of those students, decline all at once. This trend has continued for many years, however, given the cyclical nature of law school applications, it will likely reverse eventually and credentials will improve, but not overnight. The first part of the article briefly discusses the decline in law school applicants and applications, including the confluence of perfect storm factors that resulted in more of the crash landing we experienced than a gradual drop. It also details the corresponding drop in entering credentials which accompanied that decline. The article focuses on what we can do as law professors in response to these declines to better equip students for success in law school, the bar examination and practice.

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June 26, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (6)

The Number Of Law School Applicants With 160+LSAT Scores Has Declined Since 2010

Correction:  This post originally contained inaccurate data.  I have deleted the inaccurate data and included corrected charts from my later post, The Quantity And Quality Of Law School Applicants.

Following up on my previous posts (here, here, and here):

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June 26, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (6)

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Dean Breckinridge Tushingham (Soso State Law School) Named AALS President

AALS (2019)Erik M. Jensen (Case Western), The Breck Trilogy: A Day in the Life of S. Breckinridge Tushingham, Tough on Scholarship, and Dean Breck:

This series of three articles (that's why it's a trilogy, duh-h-h) chronicles the legal-academic career of one S. Breckinridge Tushingham ("Breck" for short). As the trilogy unfolds, Breck works his way up (or maybe it's down) from his first academic position to an established professorship to dean of the South Soybean (Soso) State University law school. In the process of recording his professional history, and thus memorializing it for the ages, Breck provides (probably defamatory) insights into the American legal academy.

Erik M. Jensen (Case Western), (Almost) President Breck:

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June 25, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

NY Times:  Is Your God Dead?

Is God DeadNew York Times op-ed:  Is Your God Dead?, by George Yancy (Emory):

Is your God dead?

I don’t mean the God of the philosophers or the scholars, but, as Blaise Pascal said, the “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.” With no disrespect, I hope the question comes as a jolt. And without being outraged or quick to accuse me of “blasphemy,” know, too, that I am a hopeful monotheist. I might even be called a Christian, only I continue, every day of my life, to fail. Friedrich Nietzsche’s observation weighs heavily on me: “There was only one Christian and he died on the cross.” Call me a failed and broken Christian, but a Christian nevertheless.

So, is your God dead? Have you buried God in the majestic, ornamental tombs of your churches, synagogues and mosques? Perhaps prosperity theology, boisterous, formalistic and mechanical prayer rituals, and skillful oratory have hastened the need for a eulogy.

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June 25, 2017 in Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017 in Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

The Death Knell For Charlotte Law School?

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Elaine Wilson Wins Faculty Scholarship Award

WilsonWest Virginia Record, Wilson Wins WVU Law's 2017 Faculty Scholarship Award:

West Virginia University College of Law has selected its 2017 Facility Significant Scholarship Award recipient, an in-house honor that recognizes work addressing significant public issues.  

Elaine Wilson, a WVU tax professor and president of the West Virginia Tax Institute, won for her article titled Cooperatives: The First Social Enterprise. It examines the issues of “charitable values and economic benefit within the corporative business model,” the WVU announcement said. She joined the university's faulty in 2012. Her work will be published in DePaul Law Review in the coming months.

“I was surprised, especially because of the talent (here) – there’s a lot of really great scholars who are doing really interesting work and competition is stiff," Wilson told The West Virginia Record.

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June 22, 2017 in Legal Education, Tax, Tax Profs | Permalink | Comments (0)

Top Students Increasingly Are Not Interested In Law School

Correction:  This post originally contained inaccurate data.  I have deleted the inaccurate data and included corrected charts from my later post, The Quantity And Quality Of Law School Applicants.

Following up on my previous posts (here and here):

Indiana Lawyer, Top Students Still Not Interested in a JD:

A few months before law schools around the country begin a new academic year, the number of people applying for admission has slipped, with the greatest decline coming from applicants posting the highest LSAT scores.

The number of applications to law schools has reached 344,358 as of June 9, according to the Law School Admissions Council. That represents a 1.4 percent increase over the applications submitted in 2016 but the number of applicants for the 2017-2018 school year is 53,101, a 0.5 percent decline from last year.

Paul Caron, dean of Pepperdine University School of Law and author of the Tax Prof Blog, crunched the data and found the top performers are turning away from legal education. ...

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June 22, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (7)

The Clock Is Ticking For Charlotte Law School

Charlotte Logo (2016)Following up on my previous posts (links below): News & Observer,  The Clock Is Ticking For Charlotte School of Law to Prove It’s Financially Stable:

The Charlotte School of Law has until early August to prove its financial stability or face revocation of its license to operate in North Carolina.

A committee of the UNC Board of Governors, acting on behalf of the full board, voted Wednesday to severely restrict the school’s activities as it seeks to survive long enough to graduate its remaining 100 students.

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June 22, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Wonder Woman And Female Law Professors

Wonder WomanLawProfBlawg, Wonder Woman And Academia:

I enjoyed [the movie] because the first thought in my mind when she entered a room full of men was, “Oh, it’s like she’s joining a law school faculty.” Of course, she wasn’t. But the way that portion of the movie went reminds me of so many job talks.

She turns out to be an expert at languages, a point rejected by the men. The men actually don’t initially believe her, and there seems to be a point where they are flabbergasted that they do not know more than her. That’s like many of the job talks I’ve seen or head described to me, usually ending with the candidate’s demise because “she couldn’t possibly know more than me,” right?

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June 21, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (3)

Trial Date Set For Alleged Hit Man In Dan Markel's Murder

Garcia 2A trial date has been set for Sigfredo Garcia, one of the two alleged hit men in the 2014 murder of Florida State law professor Daniel Markel.  The other hit man, Luis Rivera, plead guilty, and is serving a 19-year second-degree murder. The other alleged accomplice, Katherine Magbanua, plead not guilty, and is awaiting trial. Garcia will be brought to court on January 22.

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June 21, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (4)

House And Senate Agree To Cut North Carolina Law School's Budget 'Only' 4% ($500k), Not 30% ($4m) Sought By Senate

North Carolina LogoFollowing up on my prior posts (links below):  News & Observer, UNC Law School’s Budget Is Cut – but It Could Have Been Worse:

The negotiated state budget deal leaves UNC’s law school with a cut of $500,000 – smaller than an earlier $4 million proposed reduction.

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June 21, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BYU Law School Launches New Legal Design Lab

LawXPress Release, Introducing LawX, BYU Law's New Legal Design Lab:

BYU Law School is pleased to announce the launch of LawX, a legal design lab that will create products and other solutions to address the pressing issues relating to access to legal services. 

“LawX will tackle some of the most challenging issues facing our legal system today,” said Gordon Smith, Dean of BYU Law School. “Some gaps in legal services may not be attractive targets for innovation by small, private startups or larger profit-oriented businesses, but closing these gaps would make a tremendous difference to many people who feel priced out of the market for legal services. A legal design lab embedded within a law school is an ideal platform for addressing these issues. LawX will use design thinking to address these problems, and when appropriate, to create products to solve them.”

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June 20, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Three More Female Law Profs Sue University Of Denver Over Pay Gap

DenverFollowing up on my earlier posts (links below):, Three More Female Law Profs Sue U of Denver Over Pay Gap:

Three women law professors at the University of Denver have joined a pay discrimination lawsuit filed last year by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of a colleague, alleging that the law school pays women faculty substantially less than men in the same jobs.

Nancy Ehrenreich, Kris McDaniel-Miccio and Catherine Smith on June 16 intervened in the EEOC suit centered on the case of longtime professor Lucy Marsh. That suit has garnered significant attention within the legal academy.

The four women professors claim that the law school pays men significantly more, and that their attempts to gain pay parity went nowhere with former law dean Martin Katz. The school has denied in court papers that any such pay disparity exists, and said pay is based on performance.

“Despite their laudable performance in [teaching, scholarship and public service], plaintiff-intervenors were and continue to be paid less than the mean annual salary for male full law professors,” reads the complaint from the three new plaintiffs, filed June 16 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. ...

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June 20, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (2)

Nominations Sought: Best Law Mentors, Best New Lawyers

HUPFollowing up on his book, What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013), Michael Hunter Schwartz (Dean, McGeorge) is seeking nominations for his two forthcoming books:

What the Best Law Mentors Do (Harvard University Press Forthcoming 2019):

We are looking for the best law mentors in America. Our goal is to find the mentors who transform junior lawyers’ careers and even lives, study those mentors in depth, understand why they are so effective, and, in so doing, synthesize a set of behaviors, attitudes, and habits of mind for the benefit of all the rest of us who aspire to be transformative mentors. We hope to produce a work that is a manual for mentors, a source of inspiration, and a tool that new and newer lawyers might use to find good mentors.

Our methodology will be qualitative: we will solicit nominations, gather evidence of nominees' excellence, pare the list to the most extraordinary legal mentors, and then study the mentors where they work, interviewing both the mentors and focus groups of current and former mentees. We also hope to observe mentoring interactions. The interviews and our notes will generate thousands of pages of data. We will sift that data, identify what the best mentors have in common and areas of important difference, and organize the book by the common themes. We plan to finish our research over the next three years and complete What the Best Law Mentors Do by January 2019.

What The Best New Lawyers Do (Harvard University Press Forthcoming 2019):

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June 20, 2017 in Book Club, Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Independent Accountant Confirms Financial Viability Of Florida's Graduate Tax Program

Florida Logo (GIF)Following up on my previous posts on Florida Law Prof Robert Rhee's remarkable critique of its graduate tax program (my perspective is here) and Dean Laura Rosenbury's ambitious plan to become a Top 35 law school (links below):  an independent accountant has issued an in-depth report on the finances of Florida's graduate tax program.  The report takes a detailed look at revenues and expenses, including the 10% overhead charge paid to the university and the method of allocating faculty compensation to the program.  As Dean Rosenbury notes in an email to the Florida tax community, the report "puts to rest concerns about the program's financial viability so long as we maintain or increase student enrollment."

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June 19, 2017 in Legal Education, Tax | Permalink | Comments (2)

86% Of The Civil Legal Needs Of Low-Income Americans Are Unmet

LSCLegal Services Corp., The Justice Gap: Measuring the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-income Americans:

The phrase “with liberty and justice for all” in the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance represents the idea that everyone should have access to justice, not just those who can afford legal representation.In criminal cases, legal assistance is a right. Americans accused of a crime are appointed legal counsel if they cannot afford it. As a general matter, however, there is no right to counsel in civil matters. As a result, many low-income Americans “go it alone” without legal representation in disputes where they risk losing their job, their livelihood, their home, or their children, or seek a restraining order against an abuser.

This “justice gap” – the difference between the civil legal needs of low-income Americans and the resources available to meet those needs – has stretched into a gulf. State courts across the country are overwhelmed with unrepresented litigants. In 2015, for example, an estimated 1.8 million people appeared in the New York State courts without a lawyer. And we know that 98% of tenants in eviction cases and 95% of parents in child support cases were unrepresented in these courts in 2013. Comparable numbers can be found in courts across the United States. 

This study explores the extent of the justice gap in 2017, describing the volume of civil legal needs faced by low-income Americans, assessing the extent to which they seek and receive help, and measuring the size of the gap between their civil legal needs and the resources available to address these needs.

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June 19, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (1)

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Charleston President Touts Rebirth Of Law School With 150% Enrollment Boost, Removal From DOE's 'Naughty List'; He Urges Graduates To Work As Policemen And Firemen

Charleston Logo (2017)Following up on my previous post, Charleston, Florida Coastal Law Schools Fail 'Gainful Employment' Test, Will Lose Federal Student Loans If They Fail Again Next Year; Three Other Law Schools In Danger Zone:  Post and Courier, Charleston School of Law Off U.S. Education Department's 'Naughty' List:

Several years after the Charleston School of Law became engulfed in chaos over a pending sale to a private company, its president says the institution has rebounded in enrollment and finances.

"The school is turning around quicker than anyone could imagine," President Ed Bell said Friday. "We literally thought it would take four to five years, but we've done it in less than two."

Bell noted that in October 2015, the school had only 82 members in its freshman class. Last year, that had climbed to 202, and he said he expects between 200 and 225 this fall. ...

Meanwhile, the law school's Financial Ratio Responsibility score — a federal benchmark of a school's financial health — rose from a failing minus 0.6 in 2014 and 2015, to 2.6 last year, he said. A school must score a 1.5 or higher to avoid getting on the department's so-called "naughty list." The Department of Education has not published its 2015-16 list.

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June 18, 2017 in Legal Education | Permalink | Comments (5)