Saturday, August 13, 2011
Profiles in Academic Myopia: Michael Olivas, “Professor” at the University of Houston Law Center
In response to one tenured colleague’s noting that “law professors” are over-paid, and do not produce graduates who are ready for the practice of law, Michael Olivas, answered with a moronic argument that a Thomas M. Cooley grad could see through. Would you expect anything less from a pompous windbag with the long-winded, ridiculous title of “William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law” and “Director of the Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance” at the University of Houston?!?!
“Michael A. Olivas, a law professor at the University of Houston who is president of the Association of American Law Schools (but who stressed that he was speaking for himself, not the organization), said that LawProf is welcome to return half of his salary if he is guilt-ridden.
Olivas said that "there is a small grain of truth in most of what he says," but that his portrayal of law professors is unfair and inaccurate. Olivas said that good law professors prepare for every meeting of every course, paying attention to changes in the law. He said that they routinely help not only current students, but alumni. And he said legal scholarship is valuable to academe and society. "It's unprincipled to walk into class unprepared," he said. "I would never do that. Most people would never do that."
Hello, Stupid Bitch. Are you aware that one instructor foregoing half of his salary would represent a drop in the bucket?!?! This certainly would not lead to systemic change in American “legal education.” By the way, such a noble move would result in that money going back into the particular law school’s coffers. What the hell would be served, by doing that?
Also, how many changes in “the law” have occurred in the last 25 years, in fields such as property or contracts?! Even in areas such as constitutional law, criminal procedure and torts, there are not a myriad of changes to justify the salary of “law professors” who essentially dust off their old notes, order a supplement to the main casebook, and come to class. Then again, what would one expect from an industry goon and apologist dog?! One wonder if Olivas the Dog turns away from his own vomit.
As the author of Inside the Law School Scam noted in this entry, Michael Olivas - and his ratty-ass beard - made $169,646 in base salary, from the University of Houston, last year. In the same entry, LawProf punches Olivas in the snout:
“Michael Olivas, the current president of the American Association of Law Schools (basically the trade association for ABA-accredited schools), makes a really bad argument when he suggests I return half my salary if I'm so guilt-ridden. This reminds me of the argument that people who have an AGI of over $250K and who support the repeal of the Bush tax cuts for those in their income category should simply write a bigger check explanation as to why this is a ridiculous argument you probably shouldn't be reading this blog, although apparently you're qualified to be president of the AALS).” [Emphasis mine]
By the way, US “News” & World Report lists the University of Houston Law Center as the 56th greatest, most triumphant and exhilarating law school, in the nation. According to The Texas Tribune, Olivas was hired on September 1, 1982. No wonder this Ivory Tower denizen is so keen on preserving the status quo. Do you think this academic would make it in private industry or a law firm?!
Furthermore, USN&WR notes that the average student indebtedness of University of Houston Law Center grads - from the Class of 2010 - who incurred law school debt stood at a robust $65,802. Make sure to thank Texas taxpayers for subsidizing tuition, and for providing your salary for the past 29 years, Michael. By the way, 82% of this commode’s 2010 graduating class took on such debt, for their “legal education.”
Check out this long-winded ass-clown’s presentation. Who knew that Amerigo Vespucci discovered and developed a time machine, and warped into the future? In any event, you can see this pretentious academic "Welcome everyone" in Spanish - as keynote speaker at June 12, 2011 commencement for the UC-Riverside Graduate School of Education. For future reference, when you travel across the country to present a speech to a group of people, i.e. Houston to Riverside, CA, YOU don't welcome THEM.
At the 3:50 mark, Michael "Porky" Olivas talks about the changes in the world of "higher education." He notes that he graduated from college in 1972. For $ome rea$on, the bearded swine does not mention the following topics: SKYROCKETING tuition; the corporatization of American universities and colleges; the shrinking job market; or the fundementally different U.S. and global economies. Instead, he focuses on abject concepts such as "the collegiate conscience," "the loss of innocence" and social justice issues of the past. Guess what, tool?! College and university administrators do not have a conscience - or moral compass. Unless, of course, you consider the following as moral: their focus on increasing enrollment, charging higher tuition, financing wasteful capital improvements, bloating the ranks of administration further, and naming "professorships" and campus buildings after rich, white guys and corporate entities.
In the last analysis, Michael Olivas is divorced from reality. He sees the world through the lens of one who has been in the safe confines of academia, for the last 29 years. Keep in mind that he has spent about 25 years in educational settings as student, prior to this period. You can see the results. Olivas is someone who does not understand the changing American economy, the shrinking U.S. lawyer job market, or the long-term effect that MASSIVE amounts of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt have on recent graduates and their families. Imagine how much debt Olivas incurred to earn his BA, MA, PhD and JD, in comparison to the current generation.
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