Thursday, March 15, 2012
Twenty More ABA-Accredited Pieces of Trash to be Sued, Over Their Misleading Employment Data
Hello, Law School Industry Swine:
On March 14, 2012, Staci Zaretsky at ATL also reported that TTTThoma$ Jeffer$on Sewer of Law’s motion to dismiss was denied, in her piece entitled “Breaking: Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s Motion to Dismiss DENIED — And Twenty More Law Schools to Be Sued.”
"Apparently, suing law schools isn’t a fool’s errand.
Thomas Jefferson School of Law filed a motion to dismiss its class action lawsuit over its employment statistics this summer. On a conference call with Team Strauss/Anziska today, we learned that TJSL’s motion has been denied." [Emphasis mine]
This may bring these “educators” to the bargaining table. Unless, of course, they want their business/reporting practices open to discovery. Zaretsky concluded her entry:
“When we asked Anziska about whether he thought the downturn in the economy had anything to do with the allegedly deceptive employment statistics reported by our nation’s law schools, he had this to say:
At the height of the recession, most schools reported placement rates of well above 90%. Now, all of a sudden in 2010-2011, after we’ve weathered the worst of the worst, schools are starting to report employment data that paints a much more realistic picture — a dim picture of employment prospects for graduates. Why, at the height of the recession, did they report sterling placement rates? It was simply impossible to have these high employment placement rates in 2009.
Taking a step back, we’ve got to wonder what, if anything, the American Bar Association is planning to do in the wake of all of these class action lawsuits. Granted, the ABA has made modifications to its annual employment questionnaire, but isn’t there something more that our law schools’ regulating body could be doing to prevent lawsuits like these from being filed in the first place? After all, the most common defense law schools have raised in their motions to dismiss these lawsuits has been to cast blame and aspersions on the ABA.
How much longer will we have to wait for action — or even comment — from the ABA? We think that the accrediting agency will eventually come to its senses, but in all likelihood, by the time the ABA decides to step in, Team Strauss/Anziska will have already sued every law school in the country.” [Emphasis mine]
Anziska makes a great point: the ABA-accredited dung heaps published high employment “placement” rates, when those numbers were not attainable - short of manipulation. How is that ethical?!?! These corporate entities, masquerading as “institutions of higher learning,” constantly indoctrinate their students with the need to “avoid even the appearance of impropriety.”
Apparently, the pigs have nothing to say when it comes to law schools manipulating employment data, for their recent graduating classes. Note how these statistics are usually included in the Prospective Students or Career Services tab. By the way, waiting for the ABA to enact meaningful change - to help students and recent grads - is akin to expecting your cat to wake up, make waffles and eggs, grab the morning paper, and serve them to you in bed.
Disgusting Double Standard for Students and Law School Diploma Mills:
Check out this drivel from Duke University, with regards to avoiding even the appearance of impropriety. This “academic integrity” nonsense applies to students and lawyers, but apparently excludes the law school. At Third Tier Drake, my “Professional Responsibility” instructor became incensed and livid when some students mentioned that they saw no problem with being on a 5 hour flight for one client, and doing work on another client’s case while on the plane. She made it clear to the class that this was unethical conduct, i.e. “It is better to sit back and watch the in-flight movie than to work on another case, while you’re on the client’s dime.”
On May 4, 2011, Matt Smith authored a piece for SF Weekly, under the headline “California Culinary Academy Settles Lawsuit With Students for Millions.”
"Juries are going to start to realize that this is their tax money going to these schools," [San Rafael, CA attorney Ray] Gallo says. "I think there will be more of these cases in the future."
While this culinary school was a for profit institution, the fact is that there is not much difference in mindset between for profit, non-profit, private or public schools and universities. (If anything, the for profit mills are at least somewhat honest about their main objective.) Just check out their big-ass endowments, investment revenue streams, and MASSIVE real estate holdings. Juries and the general public will recognize, at some point, that their tax dollars are providing “law professors” with $240K salaries, for teaching theory for 4-6 hours per week. In sum, these “universities” and law schools as profitable business entities. The students are simply a means to an end.
Conclusion: Despite the “legal analysis” provided by Idiot Star Jones on NBC’s Today Show recently, these suits appear to be moving forward. Frankly, I am not going to comment on the possible outcomes of these individual cases. However, I realize that these “higher education” business enterprises care primarily about money!! They also want to protect their image, and to maintain the public’s faith in their product. As with all corporations, these commodes want to avoid bad publicity. These suits represent the best chance at changing the schools’ deceptive practices. The cockroaches at the American Bar Association have SHOWN that they will not police the law schools.
Posted by Nando at 7:50 AM