Sunday, November 27, 2016
Annals of Idiocy: Texas Legislature to Consider a New Public Law School
The News: On November 25, 2016, the Valley Morning Star published a piece from staff writer Danya Perez-Hernandez, under the headline “Will Valley get a new law school?” Take a look at this opening:
“A new legislative year is bringing renewed hope for Rio Grande Valley lawmakers who hope to establish a law school in the area.
“The law school is a natural progression as our demographics grow, as our population grows,” said Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville.
“There are some great, very talented young professionals who for financial reasons or reasons related to family cannot travel to San Antonio, which is our nearest law school.”
Lucio III and Armando “Mando” Martinez, D-Weslaco, both filed legislation — House Bill 169 and 46, respectively — last week calling for the establishment of a public law school in either Cameron or Hidalgo County.
Just like with the creation of the medical school at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, for which legislation was filed more than 70 years ago, the idea is to lay the groundwork for the creation of the law school.
The Valley had been slated at some point by the UT System Regents as the next best place for a medical school and, according to Lucio III, the same should be said for the law school.
“If you look at other parts of the state — Houston, Dallas, San Antonio — everybody has a law school,” Martinez said. “We believe that we are able to compete with the rest of the state, and we want to be able to provide that opportunity to our bright students here.”
The bills call for any university system to establish the law school and, even though UTRGV might be the first to come to mind, the fact that there has been more interest from other systems, like Texas A&M, expanding to the region opens up more avenues.
“So you are not only saying the University of Texas School of Law,” Martinez said. “You are saying ‘Any public university that would like to create a law school in Texas, here, we have the framework for it and now you can do it.’” [Emphasis mine]
Did anyone notice that these moronic legislators failed to mention the lawyer glut in this nation?!?! By the way, Houston and Dallas are huge metropolitan areas – and San Antonio is a large city. According to this Wikipedia page, Hidalgo County is the eighth largest in the state. And Cameron County had an estimated 406,220 people as of the 2010 census. Do you think that either area can support a new toilet, lemming?!?! If so, then you are likely in the 142 LSAT crowd.
Other Coverage: On November 25, 2016, “Old Guy” authored a hilarious OTLSS entry, which was entitled “Texas legislators contemplate yet another law school.” He is spot on with regards to the foolishness of the “need” for a new public toilet in that state. Enjoy:
“Scant weeks after the notorious law school at Indiana Tech announced its closure, legislators in Texas proposed the opening of a law school in the southernmost part of the state:
Why? Because "everybody [else] has a law school". A perfect reason! Why shouldn't every half-ass town in the state get its share of the pork barrel?
In addition, "[t]here are some great, very talented young professionals who for financial reasons or reasons related to family cannot travel to San Antonio, which is our nearest law school". (Wrong: the nearest law school is at the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.) The same argument was deployed at Indiana Tech: pity the many "great, very talented young professionals" (even though actually most of the students there were well past 30) who are so poorly served by the mere four other law schools in Indiana and the thirty-odd within a four-hour drive of Fort Wayne!
Not a word is said about demand, quality, prospects for employment, or even the experience of so many failed or failing law schools, including some in Texas itself. Such paltry considerations should not scupper the latest hackademic boondoggle…Just open the goddamn law school and ask questions later.” [Emphasis mine]
Hell, the waterheads did not even mention the fact the UNT Dallas Commode of Law is not yet fully accredited by the American Bar Association cockroaches. This is a group that regularly approves any structure that has bookshelves, couches, internet access, and a fax machine!
Need for More Schools in Texas?: As you can see, Texas is already home to nine ABA-accredited commodes. The only decent school among the whole group is the state flagship university. After the University of Texas, the drop off in quality or name brand is severe. Even SMU and the University of Houston are middling trash heaps.
Conclusion: The idiots pushing this measure are merely trying to add some “prestige” and pork to their little corner of Texas. Take a moment to reflect on your idea, fools. Can you picture in your little minds – for one microsecond – legions of debt-strapped law grads being able to make a decent living while representing broke-ass dirt farmers and welfare recipients in your community?!?! Here is the reality of the situation: even when Wanda has some discretionary income, she is more likely to piss that money away on an Xbox for her 32 year old man-child husband. In the alternative, she will use those funds on an ankle tattoo that she has wanted for some time. Yet, you are willing to waste revenue on exploring this path. Go back to your coloring books and Play-Doh.
Posted by Nando at 6:39 AM