Monday, August 20, 2018
Following up on my recent posts (links below): Sharon Mee (Office Manager, Vermont Law School's South Royalton Legal Clinic), A Good Move by Vermont Law School:
I have worked at Vermont Law School for 26 years and want to add my voice to what is happening now at Vermont’s only law school. Yes, some tenured faculty members are leaving or will be departing a few months or a year down the road. However, there are many extremely committed and dedicated faculty who remain on our campus. They are energetic, intelligent and moving forward to teach students in an exciting, dynamic fashion. It should be further noted that some of the tenured faculty have taught the same classes over and over again for many years, in some cases perhaps even using their teaching notes from 30 years ago.
The other factor to consider is the exorbitant salary of many tenured professors. Considering the cost of law school generally, it doesn’t make sense to pay an academician a six-figure salary when an equally well-educated practitioner can teach the same subject with a more vibrant approach for a lesser figure. ...
[T]he new restructuring endorsed by Vermont Law School will expand its focus on practice-based legal education.
I would like to shake the hands of the dean and Vermont Law School’s board of trustees for their brave steps in doing what needed to be done to save this fine institution. The board wanted a balanced budget and I applaud that goal wholeheartedly. ...
Legal theory alone is not sufficient when one’s home is being foreclosed upon; there is a victim of domestic violence calling on the phone; yet another immigrant is being denied legal status for illegitimate reasons; or an environmental regulation is being eliminated or undermined. Not only will the law school remain viable in the years to come but we will be matriculating students who care about these very same problems in our society and they will be more skilled to address them. In fact, not only would I like to shake the hands of those who made these difficult decisions but I would like to take my hat off to them.
Prior TaxProf Blog posts: