Friday, February 3, 2012
Bitch Slap Central: Twelve More ABA-Accredited Toilets Flushed with Class Action Lawsuits
One Dozen Additional Law School Diploma Mills Sued Due to Their Employment Data:
According to this press release from attorney David Anziska, the following twelve pieces of trash/waste piles have been sued for misrepresenting their employment data, to prospective law students: Albany Law School, Crooklyn Law School, Hofstra University, California Western School of Law, Golden Gate University Sewer of Law, $outhwe$tern Law $chool, University of San Francisco Sewer of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Depaul University Commode of Law, The John Marshall Law School, Florida Coa$tal $chool of Law, and Widener University Sewer of Law.
On February 1, 2012, the lovely Staci Zaretsky wrote a piece for Above the Law entitled “Twelve More Law Schools Slapped with Class Action Lawsuits Over Employment Data.” Here is an excerpt:
“Strauss and Anziska, who claim that they plan to sue 20-25 law schools every few months, held a media conference call this afternoon and introduced attorneys from each of the firms who will be assisting in the law school litigation. Named plaintiffs also introduced themselves on the call, including Cory Bennett of the University of San Francisco School of Law (who had to take a job at Macy’s for less than $10 an hour), Adam Bevelacqua of Brooklyn Law School (who can’t even get a document review job, even though his school’s career center assured him he’d be able to get a job), and Audra Awai of Florida Coastal School of Law (a mother who was forced to join the army because she knew she’d be unable to get a law job).”
Who doesn’t want to attend law school - and take out a mountain of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt, in the process - for the opportunity to make $10 an hour at Macy’s?!?! After all, that builds character, right?!
Sophia Pearson and Phil Milford covered this development, for Bloomberg, in a February 1, 2011 article labeled “New York, Chicago Law Schools Among Group Sued by Graduates Over Job Data”:
“The DePaul complaint, filed at the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago, accuses the law school of engaging in “Enron- style” accounting techniques to manipulate its employment statistics.
“Far from giving their graduates ‘a competitive edge,’ and placing them in good, secure, well-paying jobs,” its eight suing former students alleged, “DePaul consigns the majority of them to years of indentured servitude, saddling them with tens of thousands of dollars in crushing, non-dischargeable debt that will literally take decades to pay off.” [Emphasis mine]
Does that language sound familiar?!?! Anyone can see that this was lifted from several sources, such as Cryn Johannsen, several scam-bloggers, and other student debtor advocates. Before the law schools cringe at someone accusing them of employing Enron standards, take a look at this quote from Indiana University-Bloomington “law professor” William Henderson - before he tucked his nuts in and starting clucking:
“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]
The Schools Operating in Spin Mode:
Courtesy of the February 1st edition of the Wall Street Journal, in a piece entitled “A Dozen Law Schools Hit with Lawsuits over Job Data”:
“In a statement, Albany Law School Dean Connie Mayer said students are “well aware of the realities of today’s economy and we believe the information we provide during the admission process does not mislead our applicants, nor differ in standards of reporting from any other law school the applicant may have considered.”
How convenient of you to place the blame entirely on the law students, in defending your commode’s practices. Yeah, sure your data is accurate - and Sofia Vergara just locked her ankles around my waist, and dug her nails into my back.
From the Martha Neil piece for the ABA Journal, under the headline “12 More Law Schools Sued Over Reporting of Law Grad Employment and Salary Stats”:
“Leslie Steinberg, associate dean for public affairs at defendant Southwestern Law School told National Law Journal that the school stands by the employment data it has posted on its website and submitted to both the American Bar Association and U.S. News & World Report.”
What a "courageous" stand, huh?!?!
Conclusion: In the final analysis, this is not the end of the law school scam. With less morons registering with LSAC and applying to law school, I expect to see the diploma mills lower their admissions standards. However, these business enterprises - regardless of whether they are “non-profit,” for-profit, “private” or public - care about their reputations. “Law professors,” administrators, and apologist cockroaches KNOW that they mislead prospective law students, through their published statistics. They are now defending the indefensible. The pigs have no case and no argument. As Paul Campos, author of the blog “Inside the Law School Scam” once told me, “Buyer beware does not mean that you get to lie.”
Lastly, if you are an unemployed or marginally employed graduate from the JD Class of 2011, you have a moral obligation to report your status and pathetic income to your law school. Complete that graduate survey, in a honest manner. If you are making $12 an hour at Target - and have not yet provided your data to your toilet - then swallow a little pride, and provide that data to the school. Unless, of course, you feel that your temporary embarrassment is more important than helping others avoid student debt hell. Would you prefer that these pigs, rats and cockroaches continue to make fat salaries - on the backs of debt-strapped students?! For good measure, send a copy to your senator.
Posted by Nando at 6:34 AM