Thursday, July 12, 2012
Profiles in Rancid Self-Interest: Don LeDuc, “President” of Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Argues That Aging Attorneys Will Lead to Shortage of Lawyers in Michigan
Don LeDuc Claims to “Believe” That His State Will Soon Face an Attorney Deficit:
On July 9, 2012, Washtenaw County Legal News published a piece from Tom Gantert under the headline “Cooley head: Aging attorney population to create many jobs.” Here is the opening from that article:
“The President of Cooley Law School believes the state has reached a "tipping point" where the number of older attorneys leaving practice will exceed the number of law students entering the market.
Don LeDuc said he believes the state will be in "deficit mode" where there are more jobs than lawyers for about 20 years.
"There's such talk about too many lawyers and no jobs," LeDuc said. "In two or three years, we will be producing fewer new admissions to membership than the numbers leaving membership in the same year."
Cooley Law School graduated 996 lawyers in 2011 and 918 in 2010, according to James Robb, associate dean for development and alumni relations at Cooley.
LeDuc points to a demographics report put out by the State Bar of Michigan that found 53.4 percent of the active members of the state bar were born before 1961. The survey also found that 11.1 percent (or about 3,716 lawyers) of the active bar members were born before 1944.” [Emphasis mine]
Sure, the legal job market is going to soon face a shortage of lawyers – and Jessica Alba just climbed on top of me. By the way, those of us in the real work world recognize that Boomers do not plan to retire anytime soon. Hell, read this Esquire piece from Stephen Marche, which was posted on March 26, 2012. The feature was entitled “The War Against Youth.” Check out this passage:
“Nobody ever talks about generational conflict. Who wants to bring up that the old are eating the young at the dinner table? How are you going to mention that to your boss? If you're a politician, how are you going to tell your donors? Even the Occupy Wall Street crowd - while rejecting the modes and rhetoric and institutional support of Boomer progressives - shied away from articulating the fundamental distinction that fills their spaces with crowds: young against old.” [Emphasis in original]
Why Would an “Educator” Believe Such Nonsense?!:
On July 11, 2012, Paul Campos called this liar out on his blog entry labeled "Life is a carnival." Read this biting commentary:
“Now LeDuc -- who got paid $523,000 by Cooley in 2009 per IRS Form 990 – is basically just a carnival barker with a law degree, but his style of argumentation is all too typical of the things that pass for knowledge in much of both legal academia and the legal profession. (I recently heard a high-ranking member of the Colorado legal establishment make a similarly absurd argument about a looming lawyer shortage brought on by imminent boomer retirements).
LeDuc, like so many other people in this thing of ours, is an unabashed grifter, making up on the fly whatever argument he thinks might work on his target audience, while ignoring evidence, logic, and any constraints that might be generated by a sense of honor or the ability to feel shame.” [Emphasis mine]
As you can see, this academic swindler/pig has many rea$on$ to put forth such rubbish. If prospective law students understand the economics of the legal “profession” – prior to enrolling – then they may choose to forego law school altogether. This would result in fewer victims for Cooley and other ABA-accredited garbage pits.
The Numbers Reflect Reality and Refute LeDuc's Baseless Claim:
On June 27, 2011, the New York Times Economix blog published Catherine Rampell’s story “The Lawyer Surplus, State by State.”
For the years 2010-2015, EMSI estimates that there will be 862 annual attorney openings in the state of Michigan. However, a total of 1,024 people passed the Michigan bar exam in 2009. This represents a surplus of 162 lawyers for that state. These numbers were compiled by Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. They were not furnished by $elf-intere$ted law school cockroaches, or from another highly-motivated group.
Conclusion: Paul Campos is correct in his assessment of Don LeDuc: he is merely trying to get as many asses into seats as possible. The law school pigs are FULLY AWARE of the shrinking legal job market facing current students and recent graduates. They cannot claim ignorance. The “professors” and administrators read articles documenting the glutted industry. What do you think those ass-clowns do in their offices – actual work?!?!
Tellingly, Don LeDuc did not provide ANY statistics or facts to back up his garbage argument. Furthermore, he has many reasons for deceiving optimistic lemmings. In sum, when someone has that much money riding on the outcome - and no foundation for his beliefs - then you cannot take their words as anything more than an asinine sales pitch. Lastly, if you are considering attending law school - and you see yourself as a future attorney - then be confident in that part of your brain that applies basic logic and common sense. Are you going to listen to a self-interested swine who has no evidence to support his assertion - or will you rely on the facts?
Posted by Nando at 3:43 AM