In the October 2010 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal, associate dean at TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law $chool, Nelson P. Miller wrote a piece entitled, “Legal Education as a Pie-Maker: Why Michigan Benefits from Accessible Law Schools.”
It was written as a Counterpoint to a well-written article titled, “Too Many Hungry Crows Pecking at a Smaller Pie: Why Law Schools in Michigan Must Shrink Enrollment to Preserve Quality and Opportunity.” Hence, regarding this debate, we will have Point, Counterpoint and TTR Backhand to the Bridge of the Nose.
Here are some of the most egregious and patently false quotes from this “article”:
“See law practice as it is—a tremendously important and meaningful job.”
It was so meaningful that you left it for academia, right?!
“Is it bad that businesses are hiring lawyers for nonlegal positions?”
Yes, it is bad when lawyers are serving pizzas, lattes, and selling cupcakes from the back of a truck. Furthermore, it is psychologically damaging for licensed attorneys to be working as assistant managers at Radio Shack. How in the hell are these “attorneys” supposed to pay back their student loans on $7.50 an hour, you shill?!?!
“What vision of law and values would countenance the ABA or the State Bar of Michigan dictating that individuals may not go to law school?”
Perhaps, you could ask the ADA and AMA how they are able to limit the number of accredited U.S. dental and medical schools. Isn’t a professional organization supposed to protect the significant investment of its members’ time and money? Should people with IQs in the low 70s be permitted to attend law school? After all, who should dictate that these individuals cannot go to law school?
Under the heading, “The Injustice of Limiting Access”:
“To whom shall we refuse justice? “Crows” seems to suggest that we should shrink the bar to a size proportional to the number of well-paying clients. The State Bar’s oath requires the opposite: a lawyer promises to “never reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the defenseless or oppressed, or delay any cause for lucre or malice.” The profession’s obligation is to serve all who need help, not only those who can most afford it.
“Crows” challenges bar leaders to “avoid diluting the ranks of practitioners to ensure high-quality attorneys for all clients.” Yet whom do we exclude from the profession? Minorities remain underrepresented in the profession, even though nearly all the growth in law school enrollment in the past several decades has been among women and minorities. New law schools have removed traditional barriers to legal education. “Crows” encourages lawyers to “raise the bar” to the profession, but a rising bar can look like a closing door, especially when the proposals center on small-firm, solo, and part-time practitioners and graduates of affordable law school programs.”
You can take those empty platitudes and shove them clear up your ass, Nelson P. Miller. I have seen licensed attorneys take on entire cases – from beginning to final disposition – for $300. What next, on the road to the bottom? Drafting a will for a hand-job and a bag of Skittles?!
Do we honestly need more toilet-lawyers toiling away for $35K a year?! Also, Cooley does not offer affordable “legal education.”
Tuition: We can see that a full-time student at this fourth tier piece of foul excrement will be charged $30,644 for tuition and fees – for the 2010-2011 school year!! Well, then who benefits from law school?
Faculty, Administrator and Officer Pay: Check out pages 10 and 21 of Thomas M. Cooley’s 2008 IRS Form 990. On page ten, you can see that the following “law professors” and their TOTAL COMPENSATION – for 2007: Philip Prygoski, $225,821; John Scott, $234,143; Marjorie Russell, $227,559; and Kathleen Butler, $226,456. Plus, associate dean John Nussbaumer made $232,942 in 2007.
On page 21 of this report, you can see that “president and dean” of this fourth tier trash pit, Don P. LeDuc, made $530,053 in TOTAL COMPENSATION for 2007. Yes, as the “president and dean” of this private “non-profit” corporation/commode, LeDuc made FIVE HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND AND FIFTY-THREE DOLLARS in a single year!! Apparently, “higher education” does pay off – for some. The “VP of Operations” made $203,973, and the CFO and Treasurer made $188,836 for the same year.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, Nelson P. Miller is another shameless shill of the law school industry. He writes this article from self-interest. His school is an overpriced diploma mill, and one of the biggest laughingstocks of any law school in the country. Its graduates face pathetic job prospects. This includes many of the minority graduates that he professes to care for.
Check out this article, Nelson. The author, an adjunct professor at Capital University Law School states that law schools are profit centers that are run PRIMARILY for the benefit of “law professors.” At least, he is honest enough to admit this reality. You, on the other hand, are engaging in blatant intellectual dishonesty and willful ignorance.