Monday, April 25, 2016
Institutonal Idiocy in Action: University of Washington Officials Seek to Open a Separate Law School in Tacoma
Pigs Rehash the Same BS Arguments: On April 20, 2016, the News-Tribune featured a Melissa Santos article, which was entitled “Law school at UW Tacoma would be separate from Seattle program.” Check out the following nonsense:
“University of Washington officials are moving forward with plans to create a law school at the UW Tacoma and want it to operate separately from the law school at the university’s Seattle campus, UW President Ana Mari Cauce said Wednesday.
Speaking at a meeting of the Tacoma City Club, Cauce said a standalone law school in Tacoma makes sense partly because the school would focus on subject areas that are important to the local community, such as environmental law, public service law and tribal law.
Beyond that, the proposed UWT law school will work hard to accommodate students who work full time, Cauce said.
“This is not going to be a law school like every other law school,” Cauce told City Club members.
“It really makes sense, given that the biggest purpose here is to fulfill the legal needs of this area, to have it be its own law school within the University of Washington Tacoma.” [Emphasis mine]
Forget lucrative “areas of practice.” Environmental law, public service dreck, and tribal law are not stable forms of employment. Later on, the story included this information:
“Bruce Kendall, one of the founding directors of a group that has been working to bring a law school to Tacoma, said the school would provide big economic benefits for the region. He and other members of the Tacoma Law Foundation think the law school could open as early as fall 2017.
Kendall, who is also the president and CEO of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County, said a law school is needed in the South Sound partly because many of the state’s current lawyers are baby boomers who are nearing retirement.
The UW Tacoma law school would help train new lawyers to take the place of those who are retiring, he said.
Lawyers educated in Tacoma also are more likely to stay in the area, helping fill local needs for legal services and helping boost the local economy, he said.
Tacoma hasn’t had its own law school since 1999, when the University of Puget Sound sold its law school to Seattle University.
“It’s part of being a mature, growing community to have these kind of educational opportunities at people’s disposal,” Kendall said.” [Emphasis mine]
Opening an unnecessary law school in Tacoma will line the pockets of a relative few people, i.e. contractors, developers, and “law professors.” Furthermore, Baby Boomer pigs are NOT retiring en masse. Anyone who states otherwise is a simpleton or a lying bastard. Older attorneys who have a successful practice typically stay in the field until they are into their 70s or older. They are certainly not going to voluntarily give up their clients, for the benefit of the next generation of lawyers.
Lastly, law grads are not beholden to stay in the area where they were educated. You go where there is employment. Plus, will adding several “professionals” who make $35K-$43K per year boost Tacoma’s economy. Hell, the area will likely see an increase in Food Stamp applications among those with advanced degrees.
Other Coverage: On April 22, 2016, Paul Caron wrote a thin entry labeled “University of Washington (Seattle) to Open Separate Second Law School in Tacoma.” Scroll down to these two comments. On the same date, at 6:27:22 am, “Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King” wrote the following:
“A law school on every corner. Even Walmart, Starbucks and McDonalds close stores corresponding with the market. I will bet, just like in good old Illinois, if one were to flip open the Tacoma Yellow Pages to the "Lawyers" section, it will be the largest segment in the book. All desperate attorneys seeking clients, fees, and work. Those are the micro firms and solos that can afford two bills a month......” [Emphasis mine]
On April 22, 2016 9:26:04 am, “Unemployed Northeastern” dropped this turd in UW’s punch bowl:
“Let's see now. There are three law schools in the state of Washington. Gonzaga placed 92 of 162 graduates from the Co2014 into full-time, long-term, license-required jobs at any salary. Seattle University, 144 of 295. UWash, 127 of 200. That's 363 of 657 graduates overall, or 55%. Pretty much a mirror of the nationwide average, and I'm not aware of anyone, including prawfs, arguing that we don't have enough law schools nationwide. Oh, and only one school - Gonzaga - has released its NALP reports. For the Co2014, the median salary was just $54,000, and that's with a 42% reporting rate. Factor in the 19% unemployment rate, and it means that we only know that about 1 in 5 graduates made that median or more.” [Emphasis mine]
These two commenters ripped this plan to shreds, with facts, numbers and solid analysis. For $ome rea$on, the Univer$ity of Wa$hington and the CEO of the Economic Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County overlooked these numbers.
Conclusion: In the end, if the “educators” want to shell out serious cash – courtesy of state and federal tax dollars – to open a separate law school. When the toilet fails to attract decent size classes of morons, the cockroaches will need to explain that to their bosses. There was no damn reason to open a law school at Indiana Tech, and the same applies to Tacoma. If you really want to go to law school, there are currently over 200 ABA-accredited diploma mills – and DOZENS of them will admit you, even if you have a 2.8 UGPA and scored 145 on the LSAT. Plus, there are already three commodes in the state, with two located in Seattle. For those not familiar with the area, Seattle is roughly 33 miles from Tacoma.
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