Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Profiles in Academic Thievery: John O’Brien, Dean of Fourth Tier New England School of Law
The Oregonian Exposes the Law School Swindle:
On August 4, 2012, the Oregonian published a hard-hitting piece, from reporter Jeff Manning, entitled “Law schools revenues soar as they take in millions from tuition and fees, as supply exceeds demand.” Check out the following gem:
“The federal student loan portfolio exploded in the last decade from $295 billion in 2002 to $848 billion in 2011. It amounts to a vast transfer of wealth from the taxpayer to the nation's colleges, leaving students to repay the loans.
That flood tide of federal money has attracted some unusual players. Consider the case of Phoenix School of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law and the Charlotte School of Law. The government loaned more than $150 million in 2011 to the students of the three stand-alone law schools, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Phoenix students finished with a median debt of $153,489.
The three schools are owned by Sterling Partners, a Chicago private equity firm. They are among a new breed of for-profit law schools to emerge in recent years. Once the American Bar Association accredited the schools, their students became eligible for federal loans.
"Sterling is making a ton of money courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer when no bank would lend a dime to these students," said Paul Campos, a University of Colorado Law School professor.” [Emphasis mine]
The fact that the ABA pigs allow for-profit trash cans to provide “legal education” shows conclusively that the cartel does not give one damn about the students, graduates, the general public or the supposed “profession.” As those of you with an IQ above 80 are aware, “higher education” is now a commodity in this nation. When private equity firms own and operate three law schools, you know the score.
Money Quote from Pig O’Brien:
“John O'Brien, dean of the New England School of Law and chair of the ABA's legal accreditation committee, agreed the new schools are adding to a significant oversupply of lawyers. But the supply-demand imbalance is not a factor the ABA considers.
"It's not the ABA's job to police the number of law schools," O'Brien said. "Law schools are like other businesses. Ultimately, that's what they are. If there are people who feel there is a void that needs to be filled around the country, the process is to apply for ABA approval. If you meet those standards, you get approved." [Emphasis mine]
This statement was made by a sitting dean of a fourth tier commode. As the article mentions, the cockroach also “serves” as chair of the ABA’s accreditation committee. In fact, O’Brien is chair of the Section of “Legal Education” and Admission to the Bar. This damning quote did not come from a bitter scam-blogger or a disillusioned law student. This admission speaks volumes! Simply put, it reveals the mindset of the pigs and bastards who operate the law school scam.
The Cockroach’s Background:
“[John O’Brien] was a founding member of the Community Ombudsman Oversight Program, Boston’s civilian police review board, and he was also a founding member of the Consortium for Innovative Legal Education, Inc., a group of four independent law schools that offers joint study abroad programs, visit-in programs to provide geographic flexibility for students, and other creative programming and services for the four schools.” [Emphasis mine]
If we were not aware of the fraud, one might ask “Why in the hell is such a bastard in charge of the ABA’s $ection of “legal education“?!?!
“Dean O'Brien has been dean of the law school since 1988, before which he was associate dean. He has the longest continuous service at a single institution of any law school dean in the country. He has taught Constitutional Law, Legal Research and Writing, Personal Income Taxation, and Taxation of Business Entities.”
Prior Nonsense from Ass-Clown O’Brien
On June 18, 2012, Paul Campos posted an entry labeled “Man paid $867,000 to run fourth-tier law school says law school is a good investment.” Try not to eat or drink anything while reading O'Brien's "argument":
“But others view [Brian Tamanaha's Failing Law Schools] as just the latest overly dire prediction about the fate of law graduates and misplaced finger-pointing over tuition costs.
"Most people in the profession were already concerned about what it costs to get a law degree," said John O'Brien, dean of the New England School of Law and chairman of the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. "Nobody feels good that tuitions have gone up. But the claim that a law degree is a bad investment doesn't hold water."
Why would such an educated man make such a moronic statement?!?! As Campos pointed out in his article, O’Brien made $867K in 2011. According to page 17 of the toilet’s 2010 Form 990, O’Brien “only” made $781,710 - in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for the tax year ending June 30, 2010. At least, the rat is being paid handsomely to financially ruin young people.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, John O’Brien is another academic hustler and a certified piece of trash. The man has no integrity. If he was paid $800K per year to state that flammable children’s pajamas are safe, then he would likely do so - without any hesitation. These “legal educators” are greedy swine who do not care about their students or the truth, i.e. they are sociopaths. BEFORE incurring an additional $125K+ in law school debt alone - the average for the NE$L Class of 2011 was $120,480 - ask yourself whether you would purchase a used car from this “man.”
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