Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Federal Pig Andrew J. Peck Ushered In a Brave New World, Law Students!


Predictive Coding Approved by a Federal Court:

http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2012/03/new-technology-may-spell-doom-for-new-lawyers.html

If you are considering law school - or worse, currently enrolled - then you should read this Chris Opfer article, which appeared in New York magazine on March 14, 2012. The title is “Rise of the Machines: New Technology May Spell the End for NYC’s Bottom-Rung Lawyers.” Take a look at the future:

“The Southern District of New York recently became the nation's first federal court to explicitly approve the use of predictive coding, a computer-assisted document review that turns much of the legal grunt work currently done by underemployed attorneys over to the machines. Last month, U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew J. Peck endorsed a plan by the parties in Da Silva Moore v. Publicis Groupe — a sex discrimination case filed against the global communications agency by five former employees — to use predictive coding to review more than 3 million electronic documents in order to determine whether they should be produced in discovery, the process through which parties exchange relevant information before trial.” [Emphasis mine]

Later on, the piece continued:

“Using the technology, a senior attorney familiar with the intricacies of a specific case reviews and codes a "seed set" of documents. An algorithm then identifies properties among the manually reviewed documents to code and sort everything else. Each document is assigned a score to indicate the likelihood it's correctly coded.

Proponents say predictive coding is not only more accurate than using human reviewers, but also more efficient. Yet many, including Jason R. Baron who previously co-chaired an influential think-tank called the Sedona Conference Working Group on Electronic Document Retention and Production, argue that human review is also necessary, at least in the short term. "I'm modestly hopeful that contract attorneys will still have a role for some time to come," Baron says. "My glass is half full."

There's no escaping the fact that as predictive coding is used more widely, the technology will reduce the overall number of documents to be reviewed and the attorneys needed to review them. Judge Peck noted the technology will require human review of less than 2 percent of all documents in an average case. His stamp of approval means that the document reviewer ranks may be culled sooner rather than later.” [Emphasis mine]

Personally, I don’t care if the metaphorical glass is half empty or full. I am concerned with the substance in the cup.

Other Coverage of this Development:

http://blogs.the-american-interest.com/wrm/2012/05/05/attention-young-lawyers-the-grim-reaper-is-here/

Check out this May 5, 2012 blog entry from Walter Russell Mead. The piece was entitled “Attention Young Lawyers: The Grim Reaper Is Here.”  He gets straight to the point:

“Every student in America thinking of going to law school on borrowed money needs to read this article in New York magazine. Every dean of every law school in the country, every parent or teacher giving young people career advice needs to read it. Every policy wonk thinking about the future of American society needs to read it, as well. 

The legal profession’s John-Henry-meets-steam-drill moment is here: a federal court has approved a computerized document review process that turns huge volumes of legal grunt work over to the machines. The process is said to be cheaper and more accurate than human review of the thousands and even millions of documents that are involved in large, complex legal cases.” [Emphasis mine]

http://abovethelaw.com/2012/02/the-future-has-arrived-for-the-first-time-judge-orders-predictive-coding-in-a-federal-case/

ATL’s Christopher Danzig posted an entry labeled “The Future Has Arrived: For the First Time, Judge Orders Predictive Coding in a Federal Case.”  Look at this telling excerpt:

“Just a few weeks ago, Magistrate [Jackass] Andrew Peck (S.D.N.Y.) spoke to several hundred people at LegalTech New York about the importance of predictive coding for the future of electronic discovery. He expressed his hope that a federal court would, sooner rather than later, officially encourage using the technology in a case.

Shortly after participating in the panel, [Cockroach] Peck fulfilled his own wish. Last week, he became what appears to be the first federal judge to order litigants to use the cutting-edge technology in a case.”

One wonders whether this fat bastard owns stock in any of these companies.  Too bad, he can't rely on a machine to fix his crooked teeth or to trim his cheesy mustache.  By the way, when was the last time you saw  someone who appears to have Down syndrome on the federal bench?!?!

Conclusion: This decision will further undermine your chances of practicing law, in any capacity. While no sane person goes to law school with the intent to become a doc review monkey, for many years this route provided TTT grads with the chance to pay the bills and put food in the fridge. Also, most states allow non-lawyers to engage in the limited practice of law. Of course, ABA-accredited trash cans continue to pump out FAR TOO MANY graduates for the available number of attorney positions. Furthermore, the cockroaches and rats keep increasing their tuition to alarming levels. How thoughtful of them, huh?!?!

For $ome rea$on, the “law professors” and deans do not mention these developments in their slick marketing materials - or during orientation. Perhaps, these academic thieves sincerely believe that re-hashing Pennoyer v. Neff is going to adequately prepare their students to represent clients.  The commodes can no longer claim to provide students with a mere abstract "education," because law firms and attorneys will train the graduate to practice.  Biglaw clients have caught onto the scam, and they are less willing to pay top dollar so that new associates can receive on the job preparation.  Plus, with the ABA's "Ethics" Opinion 08-451 in place since August 2008, the pigs now largely rely on  foreign lawyers and non-lawyers to engage in U.S. legal discovery.  It's a brave new world, lemming!  I suppose that you can choose to embrace this new reality.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Second Tier Pile of Rotten Feces: University of Richmond School of Law


http://financialaid.richmond.edu/law/cost.html

Tuition: Full-time law students attending this private commode - on a full-time basis - will be charged $36,850 in tuition - for the 2012-2013 school year. That is one hell of an “investment.”

Estimated Total Cost of Attendance: According to this same document, for those who live off campus, additional expenses will amount to $16,130. Of course, these ass-clowns claim that room and board, plus utilities, will only reach $11,070.

Keep in mind that ABA-accredited sewage pits base these expenses on a nine-month basis. Seeing that actual law students will require living costs for the full year, we need to make prorated adjustments to room and board, personal budget, and auto allowance - in order to reflect this situation. Doing so, we can determine that these expenditures will reach $20,980. As such, the estimated COA - for 2012-2013 - will climb to $57,830, for full-time students living off campus.

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+3

Ranking: Based on these enormous costs, one would expect this school to be an “elite” academic institution, right?! Well, according to US “News” & World Report, the Univer$iTTy of Richmond Sewer of Law is ranked as the 58th greatest, most amazing and fantastic law school in the United States. In fact, it shares this distinct rating with the following commodes: Georgia State University, Lewis & Clark College, and Temple University. Their mothers must be very proud. 

http://law.richmond.edu/career/outcomes.html

Purported Employment Placement Statistics:

The school claims that 91.57 percent of its Class of 2011 was employed within nine months of graduation. The bastards assert that 106 members of this cohort found jobs where bar passage was required, with another 32 employed in positions labeled “JD Advantage.“ However, only 58 grads from this class were hired in law firms. Apparently, these pigs are bad at math.

By the way, of those employed in law firms, two desperate souls started solo practices, 23 went to work for firms of 2-10 attorneys, and 12 grads reported working in firms with 11-25 lawyers - while one damn person landed a job in a firm of 501+ attorneys. Do you like those odds, mentally deficient lemming?!?! For $ome rea$on, the school did not even bother to publish median or average starting salary figures for this class - despite this high published employment rate.

The toilet also published this nonsense:

“Students leave Richmond Law for jobs with large and small firms, in government agencies, and in corporate offices. Our students have an enviable record of securing among the highest percentage of prestigious judicial clerkships in the country. They enter the federal government through the Presidential Management Fellowship program. Our graduates become civic servants and leaders in the legal community.”

The vile dogs forgot to mention that some of their graduates also secure employment as doc review monkeys, baristas, insurance adjusters, grade school teachers, real estate agents, or they simply return to their prior line of work. Remember that JDs who work as servers as McCormack’s Irish Pub - or sell policies at State Farm - are considered “employed,” as long as they do so within nine months of receiving their diploma. Clearly, the schools have no problem including these non-law positions - since this boosts their overall "placement" rate. What beacons of integrity, huh?!?!

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings/page+5

Average Law Student Indebtedness: US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the University of Richmond JD Class of 2011 who incurred debt for law school - as $98,650. By the way, 82% of this dung pit’s 2011 class took on such toxic debt. Remember that these figures do not include interest that accrues on the outstanding balance, while the student is enrolled. Also, this sum does not take undergraduate debt into account.

http://www.guidestar.org/FinDocuments/2011/540/505/2011-540505965-0858f892-9.pdf

University Administrator Salaries: Head to pages 63 and 64 of this corporation’s 2011 Form 990, so you can see how well these “educators” are doing, in contrast to their debt-strapped graduates. You will notice that John G. Douglass, then-dean of the law sewer, raked in $342,687 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - for the tax year ending June 30, 2011. Yes, this academic received $303,431 in base compensation, in addition to $39,256 in “estimated amount of compensation from the organization and other organizations.”

By the way, Srinivas Pulavarti, the “president” of the university’s Spider Management Company, the school’s investment management arm, earned MUCH more than the supposed head of the university. In fact, he made $2,501,824 in TOTAL COMPENSATION for the same year. Edward Ayers, in comparison, only received $838,840 in TOTAL COMPENSATION - in his role as university “president.” Who says that “higher education” doesn’t pay off in spades?!?!

Conclusion: The University of Richmond Sewer of Law is a grossly overpriced stench pile. The commode is located in a state that hosts eight law schools, if you exclude the JAG School. In sum, you will not be served well by accumulating an additional $110K-$145K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE DEBT - especially when you can, at best, look forward to working for a small-ass law firm. Do the math, simpleton: attempting to repay such mortgage-sized debt - at 6.8%-10% interest - while earning roughly $45K is not exactly feasible. Even if you live frugally, you will find it incredibly difficult to pay off your student debt. By the way, the above scenario pertains to those grads fortunate to find a job.

If any piece of trash tries to tell you that this is a wise investment, then make the turd back up its unsubstantiated claims with actual facts. In the end, you should view law school strictly as a financial decision. After all, this choice WILL affect your future and your lifestyle. Everything boils down to economics, unless you happened to be born into a wealthy family. Try purchasing a home or starting a family with your JD, massive debt, and a small salary.

Monday, August 20, 2012

For-Profit, Fourth Tier Pile of Excrement: Charlotte School of Law


http://www.charlottelaw.org/admissions/admissionscontent.aspx?id=71

Tuition: For the 2012-2013 academic year, full-time law students will be charged $36,882 in tuition. The school also charges a general fee of $1,640, plus $84 in SBA dues. Combined, these figures amount to $38,606. At these prices, who wouldn’t want to attend such an elite in$TTTTTiTTTTTuTTTTTion?!?!

In case these costs were not outrageous enough, notice the following info:

“A one-time matriculation fee of $77.00 is assessed at the beginning of the student’s first semester.” 

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/law-rankings/page+7

Ranking: Based on the cost of attendance, this school must have a solid reputation, right?!?! As you can see, Pussy Bob Morse at US “News” & World Report listed Charlotte Sewer of Law as a fourth tier waste heap. Of course, those rats now refer to this group as Rank Not Published.

http://www.charlottelaw.org/about/aboutcontent.aspx?ID=348

Supposed Employment Placement Figures: The commode claims that 82.47 percent of its Class of 2011 was employed within nine months of graduation. If you are considering this dung pit - or are set to enroll here - then check out this admission:

“In accordance with NALP guidelines, the number of employed graduates includes all employment positions, including legal and non-legal positions, permanent and temporary positions, full-time and part-time positions, and any positions funded by Charlotte School of Law.” [Emphasis mine]

Members of this cohort who ended up selling insurance or making lattes are counted as “employed.” What a nice cartel, huh?

http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-law-schools/grad-debt-rankings/page+5

Average Law Student Indebtedness: USN&WR lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Charlotte School of Law Class of 2011 who incurred debt for law school - as $100,417. Furthermore, 89% of this trash can’s 2011 class took on such toxic debt. Keep in mind that these figures do not include interest that accrues on the outstanding balance, while the student is enrolled. Also, this sum does not take undergraduate debt into account.

This Commode is Operated by Infilaw Corp.:

http://www.infilaw.com/infilaw/

“The InfiLaw System is a consortium of independent, community based law schools that is establishing itself as a leader in making legal education more responsive to the realities of new careers dynamics.

The InfiLaw System includes Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, FL, Phoenix School of Law in Phoenix, AZ and Charlotte School of Law in Charlotte, NC.” 

Infilaw is Owned by Sterling Parters, a Private Equity Firm:

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/08/law_schools_soaking_in_million.html

On August 4, 2012, the Oregonian published a piece from Jeff Manning, under the headline “Law schools revenues soar as they take in millions from tuition and fees, as supply exceeds demand.” Check out this excerpt:

“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]

Full Accreditation Granted in June 2011:

http://www.charlottelaw.edu/about/aboutcontent.aspx?id=49

This garbage pit received provisional ABA approval in 2008, and then full accreditation on June 10, 2011. Keep in mind that the pigs and cockroaches at the American Bar Association have lower standards than a street hooker. Yes, what a prestigious “academy,” right?!?! 

TTTT Mission Statement:

http://www.charlottelaw.edu/about/aboutcontent.aspx?id=32

“ABOUT CHARLOTTE LAW

Our Mission Pillars
  • Practical preparation is critical. 
  • Our students are our focus. 
  • It is essential to serve our community."
Yes, enrolling borderline people into law school - and strapping them down with $110K-$150K in additional, NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt certainly shows how much you care about your students. Unless, of course, you meant that students are your target - in the way that a hunter seeks prey. And robbing the taxpayers, via the federally-backed student loan system, definitely falls under your third “pillar.” Contributing to the glut of attorneys in North Carolina - a state with seven damn law schools - must also be seen as a “public service.”

Conclusion: This “school” is an absolute laughingstock. It happens to be a mere subsidiary of $terling Partner$. Do you think - for one second - that these venture capitalist cockroaches give one damn about you or your future?!?! If you are enrolled at this commode, then drop out immediately. The fact remains that decent firms and agencies will not hire those with degrees from CharloTTTTe $chool of Law.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Open Letter to the Incoming JD Class of 2015


Dear Dumbass,

You will soon begin orientation at your particular law school/ABA diploma mill. I am sure that you felt a sense of joy and achievement the moment you opened up your acceptance letter. By the end of the second week of class, your idealism will be shattered. Here is a dose of medicine, for your benefit.

Major News Sources Have Highlighted the Reality of “Legal Education”:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304458604577486623469958142.html

Perhaps, you have heard of a newspaper called the Wall Street Journal. On June 25, 2012, it published an article from Joe Palazzolo under the banner “Law Grads Face Brutal Job Market.” Look at this excerpt: 

“Members of the law-school class of 2011 had little better than a 50-50 shot of landing a job as a lawyer within nine months of receiving a degree, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of new data that provides the most detailed picture yet of the grim market for law jobs… 

The numbers suggest the job market for law grads is worse than previously thought. Nationwide, only 55% of the class of 2011 had full-time, long-term jobs that required a law degree nine months after graduation. The ABA defines "long-term" jobs as those that don't have a term of less than one year. [Emphasis mine]

Who doesn’t want to incur an additional $165K in NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt for such odds?!?!

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/09/business/09law.html?pagewanted=all

On January 8, 2011, the New York Times posted reporter David Segal’s epic article “Is Law School a Losing Game?” If you have not done so, read the entire piece. Here is one telling passage:

“In reality, and based on every other source of information, Mr. Wallerstein and a generation of J.D.’s face the grimmest job market in decades. Since 2008, some 15,000 attorney and legal-staff jobs at large firms have vanished, according to a Northwestern Law study. Associates have been laid off, partners nudged out the door and recruitment programs have been scaled back or eliminated.

And with corporations scrutinizing their legal expenses as never before, more entry-level legal work is now outsourced to contract temporary employees, both in the United States and in countries like India. It’s common to hear lawyers fret about the sort of tectonic shift that crushed the domestic steel industry decades ago.” [Emphasis mine]

For your sake, hopefully you did not read these articles before choosing to enroll in law school.

Law Schools are Mere Businesses – They Do Not Give One Damn About You or Your Future:

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/08/law_schools_soaking_in_million.html

On August 4, 2012, the Oregonian published an article from reporter Jeff Manning, under the headline “Law schools revenues soar as they take in millions from tuition and fees, as supply exceeds demand.” Look at this admission from a TTTT law school dean/cockroach:

“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]

Of course, these pigs are not taking on any risk, since they rely on tax-exempt “non-profit” status, and they also receive tons of money in federally-backed student loans. In contrast, you, the student and future graduate, will bear all the risk - as you will be on the hook for your student loans, regardless of the prevailing job market. Plus, the public schools accept HUGE annual subsidies, as well as an influx of cash from state government.

ABA-Accredited Dung Pits Pump Out Far Too Many Graduates:

http://www.nalp.org/uploads/NatlSummChart_Classof2011.pdf

As you can see from the link to the NALP Class of 2011 National Summary Report above, the JD Class of 2011 consisted of 44,495 graduates. Does this number seem large to you, lemming?!?! Notice that employment status was known for fully 41,623 JDs, from this cohort. However, only 27,224 of jobs reported were listed under the category Bar Passage Required.

Furthermore, keep in mind that many of these positions are not traditional attorney openings, i.e. some of the jobs listed in this classification consist of document review and clerical assignments. In addition, the schools continue to include JDs and licensed attorneys working as baristas, insurance salesman, and grade school teachers as “employed” – in order to pad their employment “placement” rates. The main goal is to increase their ranking in US “News” & World Report, which they hope will persuade you to apply to, and enroll in, their program.

Conclusion: The ABA is a cartel run by academic pinheads who have precious little practical experience as lawyers. The schools are run for the benefit of faculty and administrators, NOT for the students’ interests. If you are enrolled, it is not too late to correct your mistake. Keep the following in mind: if you are not in the top 5-10 percent of your class after first semester, then DROP OUT IMMEDIATELY! Your future in this supposed “profession” is pretty much determined by these grades, unless you come from a wealthy or connected family. 

If you decide that you are past the point of no return, i.e. it would be further to return to the starting point than to continue on to the end, then you are a lost cause. I know that “law professors” love to joke that “Lawyers are bad at math.” However, you would need to be a waterhead in order not to realize that you are better off owing $20-$30K in law school student loans - after one semester - rather than pissing away three years of your life and incurring $165K in additional, NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt. Don’t worry if your former classmates perceive you as a “quitter.” After all, those idiots will soon be drowning in mortgage-sized debt - while facing anemic job prospects. If anyone in your family is “disappointed,” tell them to enroll in law school.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

ABA-Accredited Law Schools "Unintentionally" Published False Data on Average Law Student Indebtedness


ABA Cockroaches Admit That Several Schools “Misreported” Student Debt Figures:

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/law_schools_misreported_student_debt_figures_to_aba_us_news/

On August 9, 2012, the ABA Journal published a piece from Mark Hansen, under the headline “Law Schools That Misreported Student Debt Figures to ABA, US News Are Identified.”  Look at this opening:

“We now know the names of three of the law schools that misreported average student debt figures to the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar and to U.S. News & World Report.

The three schools—identified in this Wall Street Journal Law Blog posting—are Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Fla.; the University of Kansas School of Law; and Rutgers School of Law-Camden.

All three schools say the misreported figures were an honest mistake. And section officials say they have no reason to think otherwise.

Barry originally reported an average student debt load for the class of 2011 of $41,190, earning it a place in U.S. News' list of the top 10 law schools whose students have the least amount of student debt. The correct figure, Barry now says, $137,680.

The University of Kansas School of Law had originally reported an average indebtedness for 2011 graduates of nearly $42,000. The actual figure, the school now says, is $67,598.

Rutgers School of Law-Camden originally reported an average debt figure of $27,423. The correct number, the school says, is $80,446. [Emphasis mine]

As I have noted before on this blog, isn’t it uncanny how these supposed “errors” ALWAYS benefit the perpetrators, i.e. "educators"?!?! Law schools pad the LSAT scores and UGPAs of incoming students. These diploma mills also GROSSLY OVERSTATE the number of grads working in federal clerkships. ABA-accredited trash pits even manage to embellish the average starting salary of recent JDs - while misrepresenting their “placement” rates.

How often do you see ABA schools report lower LSAT scores of entering classes - or provide job placement figures that actually understate the nine month employment rate?! Of course, the ball-less pieces of trash at the American Bar Association ostensibly believe that these are “honest mistakes.” Hell, I’m sure many of these dolts and waterheads feel that Bernard Madoff accidentally stole billions from investors. 

Ass-Kicking Coverage from Others:

http://insidethelawschoolscam.blogspot.com/2012/08/character-and-fitness.html

Check out this entry from Paul Campos, published this morning, with the apt title “Character and Fitness.” The piece focuses on law schools furnishing FALSE DATA to the NALP and US “News” & World Report - as it pertains to average law student debt of recent graduates. To be fair, Campos has posted several pieces on this subject lately. Thank you for exposing these bastards, Paul.

“It will be interesting to see what the final law school loan totals look like if and when US News gets around to updating its website (the ABA doesn't publish this data, but its estimate that public law school grads took out loan averages of $75K obviously needs to be revised upwards). 

Other schools whose average graduate law school loan totals almost certainly are going to end up being multiplied by roughly three: Georgia State, Southern, Texas Southern, and one I haven't mentioned before, Drexel.” 

These schools published average student debt figures that are SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER than the real numbers. Some of these commodes did so for several years. Here is another biting excerpt from Campos:

“Rutgers-Camden and Drexel have done the same thing [misreporting average student debt figures] for at least three straight years, but the ABA (which actually means John O'Brien, et. al.) has already said it's going to take no action against any of these schools, since "sanctions are reserved for schools that make 'persistent and substantial misrepresentations,'" and apparently reporting egregiously fake data to the ABA for at least three straight years doesn't count.

BTW for all you law students and applicants out there, don't think for a moment this means you can "forget" to mention that minor in possession citation you got three years ago. You can be sure your character and what it reveals about your fitness for bar membership will continue to receive the most scrupulous attention from John O'Brien et. al.” [Emphasis mine]

http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2012/08/08/law-schools-misreported-debt-figures-to-us-news-aba/

On August 8, 2012, Chelsea Phipps posted an entry on the Wall Street Journal Law Blog labeled “Reports of Our (Low) Debt Have Been Greatly Exaggerated.” Here is a key passage:

“Amy M. Lefkowitz, associate dean for student affairs at Barry Law School, said the error was unintentional. Ms. Lefkowitz said that the school alerted the ABA to the error, but that it hadn’t contacted U.S. News to request a correction.”

What a beacon of integrity, right?!?! Yeah, sure the lie was unintentional - and I just threw a no hitter against the Yankees.

Conclusion: The American Bar Association is a cartel. These pigs are not significantly different from most other criminal enterprises. When they catch their members in the act of stealing from the public and their customers/students, they refuse to punish the rats. Keep in mind that ABA-accredited schools KNOWINGLY PROVIDED FALSE DATA - in a cynical attempt to sell themselves to prospective students. These are not “errors.” Average indebtedness for a graduating class would include cumulative debt incurred while enrolled in law school; it would not be limited to one year of "legal education."  If you believe that SEVERAL law schools committed the same honest mistake during the same time frame, then you truly are a lost cause. If the schools are this incompetent, then they ought to be shut down. 

These debt figures represent broken financial futures. At such levels, how many of these JDs and lawyers will be precluded from purchasing a home or starting a family? Of course, the ABA pigs and “law professors” don’t give a damn. After all, they are paid very handsomely for minimal “work.” The fact that the commodes furnished false average law student indebtedness SHOWS CONCLUSIVELY that the schools are willing to screw their recent graduates further, for their own institutional and personal gain.

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:

http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/08/law_schools_soaking_in_million.html

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:

http://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_education/about_us/leadership.html

“[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“?!?!

http://www.nesl.edu/faculty/full_time.cfm?facid=171

“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

http://insidethelawschoolscam.blogspot.com/2012/06/man-paid-780000-to-run-fourth-tier-law.html

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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