Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Profiles in Cowardly Paper Lions: Athornia Steele, Adjunct “Professor” at Fourth Tier Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center
Here is Steele’s bio. You can tell that this rat hasn’t missed many meals – off the backs of debt-strapped graduates and students. If you dare try to warn lemmings of the law school scam, he cites to lousy musicals in LSAC publications that are worth less than single ply toilet paper.
Academic Small-Mindedness: In the May 2015 issue of the LSAC Report newsleTTTer, Cockroach Athornia Steele wrote a column labeled “The Leadership of Admission Professionals in the Land of Oz.” Look at his opening paragraph:
“Legal education, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, has been caught in an ill wind. Negativity about the value of a law degree, ethical dilemmas in the admission process, questions about the qualifications of the applicant pool, declines in the legal job market, increases in student debt, and the resultant decrease in applicants to law school has made for a tumultuous ride. You, the admission professionals, are like Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Lion courageously in search of a way home, a feeling of stability, and a sense of forward momentum. We are all hoping that there IS a Wizard of Oz, or at least a Good Witch, who will help us in our quest.” [Emphasis mine]
In his little Tin Man mind, $TTTTeele thinks that a declining applicant pool, the weak-ass JD employment market, and increases in student debt are no big deal. That’s because this bastard isn’t the one who has to face today’s prevailing job outlook. In fact, it is in his be$t intere$t to enroll as many morons as possible – regardless of their chances of ever practicing law!
Now, scroll down to Steele’s last “substantive” paragraph:
“I have always loved the story of the Wizard of Oz and believe it to be a story directed to adults as well as children. If you go to your library’s catalog or Google any combination of the words leadership and/or personal development along with Wizard of Oz, a number of books and articles written on the leadership and personal development lessons of the Wizard of Oz appear. Of course, many of you have long ago observed that the Scarecrow complaining of no brain, the Tin Woodsman lamenting the absence of a heart, and the Cowardly Lion crying about his lack of courage each possessed and demonstrated that which they thought they lacked…Legal education in general, and admission professionals in particular, are engaged in a journey. It may take a bit more than clicking our heels together to overcome the wicked witch of the scam bloggers, rankings, negative media stories, declining applications, and pressuring deans, but at least at this annual meeting and educational conference, we can take some time to consider possibilities, recharge our internal strengths, and bask in the support of our friends and colleagues (and some lovely beaches and sunshine).”
Yeah, it’s always great when a 60 year old man publicly proclaims how much he loves a children’s story, right?!?! It is clear that these “educators” have too much free time on their hands. When reading his reference to beaches and sunshine in San Diego, you can tell that this rodent doesn’t miss a wink of sleep at night, thinking of the legions of students who have been FINANCIALLY RUINED as a direct result of their decision to attend law school.
Other Coverage: On June 12, 2015, dybbuk wiped his ass with Athornia Steele’s little mustache, in a OTLSS entry entitled “Athornia Steele, Nova Southeastern Law Prof. and LSAC Board of Trustees Chair, compares scambloggers to the "wicked witch" from the Wizard of Oz.” After berating the cockroach, here is his conclusion:
“Now, Dorothy did say that there is no place like home, but a fancy resort vacation is still pretty good, especially when LSAC or one's employer is picking up the tab. And, of course, there is also law school - there is definitely no place like that.
It may be presumptuous to criticize a children’s fantasy classic, but it really is a shame that the story did not end on a more uplifting note. There should have been a joyous concluding scene where Dorothy mortgages the family farm to attend law school so that she can address the obvious crisis of unmet legal needs in her small Nebraska, I mean Kansas, rural community, as well as elevate her own leadership skills and personal development. In solidarity with Toto, she could then go on to obtain an LLM in Animal Law, the better to critique the legal system's species-based hierarchy.
Lacking that, it is fortunate that we have great and powerful legal intellectuals like Professor Athornia Steele to tease out the similarities between Oz and law school recruitment. Which scambloggers can do too, of course, but our perspective is tainted by wicked witchery.” [Emphasis mine]
You can see that these “educators”/swine view the students as a mere mean$ to an end, i.e. big piles of federal student loan dollars. Anyway, let’s take a brief look at the commode where Steele “works.”
Rank of Steele’s Toilet: According to US “News” & World Report, Nova $ouTTTThea$TTTTern Univer$iTTTTy $hepard Broad Law Cesspool is rated as FOURTH TIER TRASH PIT! Yes, what a remarkable achievement, huh?!?!
Average Law Student Indebtedness: The same publication provides an even more meaningful metric, regarding student debt. US “News” lists the average law student indebtedness - for those members of the Nova Southeastern University JD Class of 2014 who incurred debt for law school - as $136,450. Hell, 86% of this school’s 2014 cohort took on such toxic debt. Don’t forget that this amount does not even include undergraduate debt. Nor does it take accrued interest into account, while the student is enrolled.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, Athornia “Dorothy” Steele is mad because others – with brains, balls, and a backbone – have informed legions of people about the law school scam. As a result of our efforts, along with major help from mainstream press articles, enrollment continues to drop at ABA-accredited dung heaps. Now this cockroach and his fellow academic piles of waste are not able to reap as much federal student loan money, with so little effort. Steele has less honor than the old man behind the curtain. After all, he DOES NOT GIVE ONE GODDAMN ABOUT YOU or your job prospects, coming out of his garbage in$TTTTiTTTTuTTTTion.
Posted by Nando at 5:06 AM