February 07, 2017
The proposal would have required that 75% of graduates taking the bar pass within two years of graduation. I suspect in a Trump Administration, there will be less danger of the ABA losing its accreditation role, but I can imagine a more aggressive Education Department in the future wondering what the explanation could be for rejecting such a standard.
More details here.
...to support a center to deal with legal issues confronting new immigrants, as well as a clinical position and student support. This is the biggest gift in Minnesota Law's history!
February 06, 2017
We're accepting applications again. The program is aimed at PhD students, who have completed coursework, and are either about to embark on dissertation writing or at early stages, and whose work would benefit from a year of law study. See the site for details. We admit only a couple each year, but it is fully funded, covering tuition and providing a living stipend.
February 04, 2017
Judge Gorsuch should speak out in defense of judicial independence in light of Trump's latest disgraceful behavior
February 03, 2017
Deans of 20 ABA-approved law schools in California call on California Supreme Court to intervene and reset the scores for bar passage
February 02, 2017
...but founding the "Fascism Forever Club" does raise questions about one's judgment, even allowing for age!
(Thanks to Michael Swanson for the pointer.)
ADDENDUM: It appears Judge Gorsuch attended a high school run by quite liberal Jesuits (unlike the late Justice Scalia who went to a famously conservative Jesuit high school in New York). I imagine his liberal teachers tended to deride conservatives as "fascists," ergo the conservative students decided to "zing" them back!
ANOTHER: This story confirms that it was, indeed, a joke (and not even an actual club).
Should a law school Dean be writing op-eds in support of controversial (or even uncontroversial) political appointees?
That's an issue posed by a dispute between Nancy Staudt, Dean of the law school at Washington University, St. Louis--who wrote an opinion piece in support of Andrew Puzder, Trump's nominee for Secretary of Labor, who is also an involved alum of Wash U--and Emeritus Professor Richard Kuhns, whose open letter you can read here: Download Puzder letter Kuhns. Professor Kuhns thinks it was inappropriate for the Dean to write this column; I am inclined to agree. But I am curious what others think about the propriety of Dean Staudt's piece. Signed comments only: full name and valid e-mail address. Submit the comment only once, it may take awhile to appear.
January 30, 2017
January 27, 2017
Some want to play an "indispensable" role in the search for a new Dean. I'm sure student feedback on candidates will receive some weight, but that's about it. Were I a betting man (I am not), I would bet on John Goldberg or John Manning--both current HLS faculty--to be chosen as the new Dean.