Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Michael Olivas, Nelson P. Miller and Brian Leiter: Mental Midgets or Pathologically Dishonest Academics?
Michael Olivas Doesn’t Understand That Car Loans Differ From Student Loans?!:
On December 2, 2011, Jonathan Berr wrote a piece for Daily Finance entitled “Should Law Schools Pay Some Students to Drop Out?”
“Should law school students be eligible for tuition refunds if they decide they'd rather not accumulate six-figures in debt studying for a career in which job prospects are dismal? That's what two Yale University professors recently argued in Slate. The National Association of Law Schools, not surprisingly, rejected the idea.
"The hypothetical was an absurd one," said Michael A. Olivas, the association's president, adding that he is not aware of any law students who have actually made such a request. "We have never guaranteed that our graduates will have jobs."
Olivas, a law professor at the University of Houston, makes a persuasive case that letting law school students escape their debts is a bad idea. After all, he notes that people have to pay off their car loans even if they grow tired of their vehicles.” [Emphasis mine]
Of course, Olivas the Shill vehemently disagrees with this analysis. Self interest typically trumps everything else. I understand why he would claim that his association has never guaranteed that law graduates will find employment. Technically, he is not lying - at this point. Then again, the law school pigs publish inflated employment numbers. However, this bearded fool engages in INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY when he tries to equate student debt with a car loan.
Let me point out the following to you, Michael: you can walk away from a car loan. The dealer can repossess the automobile - and perhaps move for damages and attorney’s fees. However, the loan will not cost six figures or financially ruin the borrower for the next 25-30 years. Furthermore, the dealer or bank bears some of the risk of making stupid loans. As you are aware, Ass-Clown, student loans are NON-DISCHARGEABLE.
Nelson P. Miller Engages in Statistical Nonsense:
On December 9, 2011, Paul Campos, law professor at the University of Colorado-Boulder, wrote a scathing indictment on Nelson P. Miller of TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Law $chool. His entry was labeled “I can’t believe it’s a law dean.”
“If I were the dean of a law school that was getting sued for luring students to my school via wildly misleading employment and salary figures, here's what Item One on my day planner would not be: "Publish op-ed full of wildly misleading employment figures in legal employment magazine."
But I'm not Nelson Miller, dean of the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law's Grand Rapids campus. The charitable interpretation of Miller's defense of legal education as a "value proposition," as they say in the B-school literature, is that he is a profoundly stupid man who is incapable of understanding even the simplest statistical arguments. The realistic interpretation is that he is a profoundly dishonest man, who is quite capable of making what he fully realizes are utterly misleading arguments, if doing so is necessary, in his calculated view, to preserve his salary.” [Emphasis mine]
Campos is referring to this piece of drivel, which was written by Nelson Miller and sent to Vivia Chen of The Careerist. Here is an excrementitiously foul excerpt:
“The national economic downturn hurt the legal profession, but lawyers clearly fared well compared to the general population and other management and professional occupations. Recent law graduates have not fared as well as more experienced lawyers, but they still fare better than the general population.”
Such asinine “arguments” indicate that Nelson P. Miller is: (a) clueless; or (b) patently dishonest. An unemployed pizza delivery guy does not need to spend seven years of his life - plus $100K in student loans - for such a position.
Brian Leiter’s Vagina Still Hurts Because of the New York Times:
Brian Leiter has posted no less than seven bitch responses to David Segals’ November 19, 2011 New York Times piece above, which was entitled “What They Don’t Teach Law Students: Lawyering.” This latest Segal article on U.S. "legal education" obviously burned Leiter's ass. Apparently, it has affected his nether regions, as well. Try applying some Vagisil to the area, Brian. Then take a cue from your colleague, Emory “law professor” Sarah K. Stadler and “Get over it!!” After all, you are not the one incurring six figures in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - while facing an anemic legal job market.
According to his faculty bio, Michael Olivas has received an extensive education. In fact, he has an M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University, and a law degree from Georgetown. Nelson P. Miller, associate dean at the Grand Rapids campus of Fourth Tier Trash Pit Thomas M. Cooley Law School, earned a B.A. from Indiana University “with highest honors.” He also graduated cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School. Lastly, Brian Leiter graduated from Princeton, before attaining a JD and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Conclusion: I leave it up to you to decide whether these $elf-intere$ted academics are (a) completely clueless ass-hats; or (b) intentionally dishonest pigs. Anyone with an IQ above 80 - and one ounce of integrity - can figure this out. To paraphrase Paul Campos:
The kind interpretation of their idiotic defenses of “legal education” is that these three “educators” are profoundly stupid men who are incapable of understanding even the simplest statistical arguments. The realistic interpretation is that they are profoundly dishonest men, who are quite capable of making what they fully realize are utterly misleading arguments, if doing so is necessary, in their calculated view, to preserve their big-ass salaries.
Posted by Nando at 5:33 AM