Monday, February 13, 2012
Profiles in Academic $elf Intere$t and Patent Dishonesty: Neil H. Buchanan, “professor of law” at George Washington University
Intellectual Deception in Action:
On February 9, 2012, some Ass-Clown called Neil H. Buchanan wrote a blog piece entitled “The Long-Term Damage From the Assault on Law Schools.” Here is a sampling of his drivel:
“My overall reaction to the public discussion is that far too many people are launching broad, baseless, ill-informed attacks on an institution that is both fundamentally well designed and essential to the maintenance of a civilized society.
This raucous atmosphere might have the effect of reducing the number of people who are potentially interested in attending law school. We have, in fact, seen a pronounced drop in law school applications this year, which could certainly be a response to the idea that law school is nothing but a "scam" or a waste of students' borrowed money. Of course, there are multiple explanatory factors at work, most obviously the continued recession-level employment prospects for far too many law graduates. Potential students need not believe any of the nonsensical attacks on the case method, nor pay any heed to the false claim that law professors are writing useless articles, to conclude that their individual best choice today is to delay applying to law school (or even to choose never to attend).”
Consider the following, ball-less shill: when people have constantly been told, since infancy, that “higher education” is the key to their future - and they then end up unemployed or marginally employed after they spent SEVEN YEARS in post-secondary institutions, and incurred a mountain of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt - you should expect that MANY of them will be hostile, bitch. Rat-face concluded his asinine, intellectually dishonest article with the following:
“In short, [t]he New York Times and other news sources are doing serious damage to the long-term prospects of the legal academy, and ultimately to society as a whole. That damage, however goes far beyond the possibility that our future client pool is being drained on the basis of over-hyped claims. The future of intellectual inquiry is at stake, and there is good reason to fear that the damage being done now will have serious consequences well into the future.”
If you believe that ABA-accredited law schools/diploma mills are essential to the maintenance of a civilized society, then you must be blind, deaf, stupid, or a pathological liar.
The Facts Refute Paid Mouthpiece and Deceiver Buchanan:
On June 13, 2010, Brian Tamanaha wrote a blog entry at Balkinization, entitled “Wake Up, Fellow Law Professors, to the Casualties of Our Enterprise.” He came out swinging:
"This dismal situation was not created by the current recession—which merely spread the pain up the chain into the lower reaches of elite schools. This has been going on for years." [Emphasis mine]
Buchanan’s insistence on blaming the lawyer job market entirely on the current “recession” is comical and delusional. When you annually continue to over-produce JDs and attorneys, for decades, then once an economic downturn - or fundamental restructuring - takes place, this will lead to disaster, mental midget.
According to the ABA chart “Enrollment and Degrees Awarded 1963-2010,” between academic years 1980-1981 to 2009-2010 - a span of thirty years - ABA-accredited law schools awarded 1,161,863 law degrees. Yes, that is correct: these diploma mills collectively produced one million, one hundred sixty-one thousand, eight hundred and sixty three law graduates - in 30 years!! Do you still want to defend this sick $y$tem, you filthy swine?!?!
Based on the NALP Class of 2010 National Summary Report - which was compiled from information submitted by ABA diploma mills - 44,258 law graduates competed for 28,167 jobs “requiring bar passage.” Do you see a problem with that, moron?!?!
Regarding legal “scholarship,” John G. Roberts, current leader of the Supremes, has now TWICE publicly ripped into the uselessness of law review articles. Hell, he was the managing editor of the Harvard Law Review - and he still bitch-slapped this supposed bedrock of “legal education.”
On February 10, 2012, Neil H. Buchanan felt the need to change his tampon, regarding Roberts’s views on legal “scholarship.” It must be tough knowing that your “work” is considered garbage, by the very people that you are desperately trying to impress. Anyone who has been to law school knows that these academic pinheads often view article III “judges” - and especially the Supremes - as rock stars.
On April 20, 2011, Karen Sloan authored a piece for the National Law Journal, under the headline “Legal scholarship carries a high price tag.” Here is a sampling:
“What is the total cost of a law review article written by a tenured professor at a top-flight law school?
It's in the neighborhood of $100,000, according to Hofstra University School of Law professor Richard Neumann. His estimate factors in the salary and benefits for a tenured professor at a high-paying school who spends between 30% and 50% of his or her time on scholarship and publishes one article per year.” [Emphasis mine]
After seeing a list of his “scholarly” articles, on his curriculum vitae, I can see why Buchanan wants to keep this system running.
Conclusion: Apparently, this pig is not concerned with how the GLUT of attorneys is affecting current law students, recent graduates and the public. He only sees this issue” from the institution’s viewpoint. Neil H. Buchanan is simply trying to sell others on the alleged “benefits” of a law degree. Before buying into this sewer rat’s “argument,” keep in mind that his school charges $45,750 in tuition - for the 2011-2012 academic year. Why should you believe such a used car salesman?!
Posted by Nando at 5:54 AM