Wednesday, May 2, 2012
The $370,245 “Professor Emeritus”: Fourth Tier Dung Pit Thomas M. Cooley Law Sewer’s Thomas E. Brennan
TTTThoma$ M. Cooley Recently Called Out By LSAT Instructor:
Check out this April 30, 2012 blog entry from LSAT tutor Steve Schwartz. The piece was entitled “Cooley Law School Founder Still Paid Six Figures. Why?” Here is the opening:
“Former Michigan Chief Justice and Cooley Law School founder Thomas E. Brennan retired in 2002.
According to Cooley's 3 most recent IRS filings available on GuideStar, he received $370,245 (2009-10 - PDF p35), $368,581 (2008-9 - PDF p50), and $365,008 (2007-8 - PDF p6) in total compensation for each of those years.
These IRS documents suggest that his formal titles are "Professor Emeritus" and "Former President" and that he works just 10 hours/week. Taking the average of his total compensation for these 3 years, and assuming he worked 52 weeks/year (no vacations), he earned $707.58/hour during this 3-year period.” [Emphasis mine]
The author also points out that tuition went from $28,740 in 2009-2010 to $36,750, for the 2011-2012 academic year. By the way, if you have trouble going to sleep, click on the attached video - where this dinosaur pontificates on boring constitutional and basic U.S. history. What law student doesn’t want to hear the incoherent political ramblings of an old fart?!
Here are Shwartz’z concluding and cutting comments:
-Why has Cooley provided Brennan with over $350,000/year in compensation while he's ostensibly been living across the country in Florida, retired, and working on unrelated projects?
-What degree of value has he truly provided to the law school, and the students, since retiring?
-For how long will the law school continue to compensate him at the students' expense?”
Apparently, the commode fully understands that it can continue to pay retired faculty members handsome salaries, as long as the federally-backed student loan system is in place. But the pigs keep squealing and bragging about having the largest enrollment of any ABA-accredited school. Yes, because that is such a great accomplishment.
Thomas Brennan authors a blog that focuses on politics, golf, and old man rants. Does the school really feel that such work is worthy of a big-ass paycheck?! (After all, how many classes does he teach?) As you can see, Thomas E. Brennan will turn 83 later this month. Surely, you are aware that Thomas E. Brennan was chief of Michigan’s state supreme court. He founded this private landfill, which opened its TTTT doors in 1972. Since that time, the school has buried a lot of its graduates financially.
I reported on this man’s ridiculous salary, back on July 18, 2011. What do you expect from such an embarrassing, putrid institution? Read the entire entry, to view some interesting marital and family relationships among the board and faculty.
Fourth Tier Cesspool Cooley Also Pisses Away Money on Other Endeavors:
On February 23, 2010, ATL’s Elie Mystal backhanded the toilet, for purchasing naming rights to a triple A baseball stadium. The entry was labeled “Thomas M. Cooley Law School Buys Stadium Naming Rights.” Here is a highlight, from that piece:
“Okay, the legal economy is in the tank. Recent law graduates are having a tough time finding jobs. Graduates from lower tier law schools are getting squeezed as top tier law students and deferred associates compete for jobs and opportunities. You get the picture.
Now enter Thomas M. Cooley Law School. The school that’s ranked 12th by Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is considered fourth tier by everyone else. With over 3,500 full- and part-time students, Cooley gives new meaning to the term “diploma mill.” Despite the terrible economy the school is expanding, ensuring that even more law students will know what it feels like to pay off post graduate educational debts with extra shifts at McDonalds.
What is Cooley Law School doing to improve the lot of the students suckered into a 4th tier law school? It’s buying the naming rights to a minor league baseball stadium. I’m not joking. Cooley is taking the tuition dollars of its students and buying naming rights. Naming rights. I guess replacing all the desks and lecterns with steaming piles of dung was just a little bit too expensive for the bigwigs at Cooley. Buying naming rights gets the same message across to students.” [Emphasis mine]
Yes, because purchasing naming rights to a baseball stadium is going to help Cooley students land paid employment, right?!?! It is CLEAR that the school does not put the interests of its students first. In the end, the fourth tier trash pit is simply seeking to market itself to a bigger audience.
Keep in mind that this PRIVATE DIPLOMA MILL - which already operates four locations in Michigan - will soon open a new campus in Tampa Bay, Florida. Yes, this school truly cares about providing its students with a quality “education,” huh?!?! In terms of watering down the product, this fifth branch is a further waste of money. However, the school likely sees it as a wise investment.
Conclusion: Thomas M. Cooley Law Sewer is the biggest laughingstock in U.S. “legal education.” It truly is a dung heap. Only a delusional anal cyst would argue otherwise. Simply put, there is no valid justification for paying such outlandish salary to a retired “professor” - even one designated as “professor emeritus.”
Posted by Nando at 7:14 AM