Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Someone should have paid more attention in his evidence class

Matthew Petersen withdraws from further consideration for a federal district judgeship in wake of questioning by Senator Kennedy (R-LA) showing that he didn't know what the Daubert standard was and didn't know what a motion in limine is, among other rather remarkable gaps in his knowledge for someone aspiring to be a trial judge!  (Here's the full questioning by Senator Kennedy, who is an experienced lawyer and also, like Mr. Petersen, a graduate of the University of Virginia Law School.)

December 19, 2017 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Monday, December 18, 2017

Judge Kozinski retires

Law school transfer students

Jerry Organ updates his data for 2017.  Taking large numbers of transfer students--whose credentials are invisible to the US News ranking gods--can allow a school to take a smaller 1L class (whose credentials are reported to the ranking gods) while still generating tuition revenue.  Of course, not all schools take transfers for that reason, but the larger the numbers, the more likely that is part of the consideration.

December 18, 2017 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest, Rankings | Permalink

Friday, December 15, 2017

Chief Judge of 9th Circuit initiates investigation into allegations of misconduct against Judge Kozinski

The order here.

December 15, 2017 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A proposed limit on student loans for graduate education (other than medical)

I missed this story while I was travelling, but it is quite significant, since it would cap loans for, say, legal education at $28,500 per year, which will result, I expect, in a collapse in enrollments at some law schools and probably put some financial stress on all law schools to increase their own financial aid or limit tuition increases.  It may also push more students into the private loan market, though some private lenders may undertake more due diligence regarding the school for which the loan is to be utilized.

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December 14, 2017 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink | Comments (0)

Case Western's Cassandra Burke Robertson calls for impeachment proceedings against Judge Kozinski

Her reasons here.

December 14, 2017 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

More Judge Kozinski creepiness

Professor Nancy Rapoport (UNLV) recounts her experience.

December 12, 2017 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Signs of the times: George Washington Law reduces incoming class size...

...to reverse U.S. News ranking slide.  Proof once again that a ranking website runs U.S. legal education.

December 12, 2017 in Legal Profession, Rankings | Permalink

Monday, December 11, 2017

Farewell Judge Kozinski

Now that the dam has broken,  can it be long now?  I had heard of his reputation for, shall we say, "inappropriate" behavior from former clerks on the 9th Circuit (for other judges) before.  But now we have six women reporting very similar stories.   It's a shame, though, that Trump will likely replace him with an inferior judge.

December 11, 2017 in Legal Profession | Permalink

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Law school applications up about 15% nationwide compared to last year

Blog Emperor Caron summarizes the latest LSAC data.  I've heard from former students and colleagues at some state flagships that their applications are up even more.  Of course, applications fell by more than a third since 2010, and I doubt we will get back to those numbers, but it seems clear that things are stabilizing and even looking up for law school enrollments.

December 7, 2017 in Legal Profession, Of Academic Interest | Permalink