Monday, April 11, 2011
A Pig in Sheep’s Clothing: Indiana University “Law Professor” William Henderson
“Professor Henderson joined the Indiana Law faculty in 2003 following a visiting appointment at Chicago-Kent College of Law and a judicial clerkship for Judge Richard Cudahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit."
As you can see from his faculty bio, Henderson graduated from law school in 2001. He then had a clerkship and taught at Chicago-Kent Commode of Law, before heading to the Mauer School of Law in 2003. He teaches a class on law firms as business models. The fact is this “man” doesn’t know the first thing about business - or how law firms operate. He may have an academic understanding of the situation, but that is the extent of his knowledge. He cannot truly relate to the recent JD, no matter how he tries to come across as “blue-collar” or sympathetic.
Remember When William Henderson Had a Pair?
Henderson co-authored this 2008 IU law review article, with Andrew P. Morriss. It is entitled a “Measuring Outcomes: Post-Graduation Measures of Success in the U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings.” Here is one excerpt, from page 44 of the PDF:
“Publishing reliable school-level information on employment types, employment rates, geographic placement, and salary would inevitably lead to more price-sensitive shopping on the part of prospective students. This information would permit them to make more informed choices. Similarly, it would also push high-cost schools to justify their programs’ additional cost to prospective students, making the market for legal education more competitive…Since our collective enterprise is made possible by their ability to borrow money against their future earnings, the legal academy has an obligation to ensure fair and accurate disclosure to prospective students.” [Emphasis mine]
Who can forget Henderson’s analysis of bi-modal distribution, of starting salaries, for the JD Class of 2008? (By the way, it is interesting to note that there were 43,588 law graduates pumped out of ABA law schools, for the Class of 2008. Yet, only 22,305 reported starting salary info. If those not working full-time and those not in private practice were included in the data, you can be certain that this chart would show an even greater disparity in income, among recent JDs.)
“Enron-type accounting standards have become the norm,” says William Henderson of Indiana University, one of many exasperated law professors who are asking the American Bar Association to overhaul the way law schools assess themselves. “Every time I look at this data, I feel dirty.” [Emphasis mine]
As of January 8, 2011, Henderson still had a set. Fast forward to March 1, 2011:
Henderson’s Quick Transformation from Man to Mouse:
This article, based on the research of Henderson, purports to show that average lawyer salaries are rather high. (Of course, Judas is only counting “employed attorneys” - not solos, small law practitioners, licensed attorneys working at Radio Shack or equity partners.) By the way, William: How the hell can the legal job market be glutted, with scarce jobs, outsourcing and off-shoring at full speed - and yet average lawyer pay is so high?!?!?
During a recent phone conversation, William Henderson had the nerve to tell me that Dean Matasar at New York Law School was working hard to improve “legal education.” When I pointed out that NYLS is a third tier commode that charges it full-time students $46,460 in tuition and fees , Henderson said the following: “What you don’t understand is that most of those students come from wealthy families, so they aren’t taking on a bunch of debt for the degree.”
I suppose this info would come as a surprise to Henderson. US News lists the average indebtedness of NYL$ 2010 graduates who incurred law school debt at $119,437. Fully 93% of this toilet’s particular graduating class took on such debt. William, if you are going to pose as an “expert,” AT LEAST MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE THE FACTS TO SUPPORT YOUR CASE. Otherwise, you lose credibility.
William “Judas” Henderson is the director of the law school’s Center on the Global Legal Profession. He is FULLY AWARE of doc review basements, falling wages, and the fundamental re-structuring of the U.S. economy - including the legal job sector. Yet, this shill became upset, during a recent panel, when I noted that politics - not unforeseen “market forces” - is responsible for more outsourcing. (I noted that ABA committees are dominated by Biglaw attorneys and “law professors” - and that this decision exacerbated the existing problem, while helping Biglaw.) When I pointed out to Henderson that ABA “Ethics” Opinion 08-451 allowed foreign lawyers AND non-lawyers to engage in American legal discovery, the pig squealed, “I don’t think lawyers should be working to ensure that doc review jobs remain domestic.”
What a beacon of integrity, huh?!?!
In the final analysis, William Henderson has a mere academic interest in the shrinking lawyer job market. He has NO INTEREST in changing the law school model. Who can blame him? He is making a nice salary, under the current $y$tem. Who cares if several thousand JDs each year take on monstrous debt, and face anemic job prospects? Henderson needs plenty of time for his academic research.
This swine is more pernicious than most “law professors.” After all, William Henderson has made a name for himself, by covering the dwindling job market. He has been interviewed several times, on the topic. Apparently, he merely used this “subject” as a vehicle for getting published, in numerous academic journals. I guess Henderson is on track to became a dean somewhere.
By the way, I sent a copy of this entry to Sellout William Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll see if this long-winded, aloof academic replies to my email or comments on this entry.
Posted by Nando at 5:07 AM