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Get rid of tenure for law schools: Column

Blatter Awaits Russian Answer on Anti-Gay Law

(Photo: Liz Dufour, The Cincinnati Enquirer) Story Highlights Tenure should be critically reexamined along with all other aspects of legal education. Once tenure is granted, the incentive to be a quality professor is removed. A council of the American Bar Association has favored a proposal that would no longer require law schools to have tenure policies. SHARE 20 CONNECT 5 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE Law schools across the country are being battered by charges that the current model of legal education is unsustainable. Law schools, critics say, are sending students off to an oversaturated job market without adequate skills and with too much debt . At the same time, they continue, law schools are increasing bloated tuition rates and are rewarding their faculty for irrelevant scholarship. To their credit, law schools are considering and implementing meaningful reforms in almost every corner of legal education, including tuition , curriculum and class size . While these developments are encouraging, one critical stone has remained relatively unturned: tenure. Even as a pre-tenure law professor, I am convinced that tenure indeed my own job security should be critically reexamined along with all other aspects of legal education. In general, tenure is awarded to law professors after six-years of quality teaching, scholarship and institutional service. With tenure, a law professor is no longer probationary and is vested with permanent status. This extraordinary job security is justified for academic freedom reasons: a law professor should be able to take controversial and unpopular positions, the argument goes, without fear of suffering an adverse employment action.
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Defunding of Health Law Backed by 80 House Republicans

| AP Photo Close By TAL KOPAN | 8/22/13 2:51 PM EDT Former Secretary of State Colin Powell bashed North Carolinas recent voting law at a forum in the state Thursday, with the governor that signed the bill in the audience. Powell said the law harms the Republican Party at the CEO Forum in Raleigh, N.C., according to the Raleigh News and Observer . + reset It immediately turns off a voting block the Republican Party needs, Powell said. These kinds of actions do not build on the base. It just turns people away. I want to see policies that encourage every American to vote, not make it more difficult to vote. The former George W. Bush administration official was the keynote speaker at the event, and took the stage just moments after Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed and defended the bill this month. The bill requires voters to show government-issued ID, shortens early voting and ends early pre-registration for teens, among other changes. Civil rights groups have already challenged the law in federal courts. Thursday, Powell said the bill sends a bad message to minorities.
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Colin Powell slams North Carolina voting law

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It also signaled that the administration will probably take legal action in voting rights cases in other states, including North Carolina, where the governor signed a voter ID law this month. Read the document The Justice Department's court filing in its lawsuit against the state of Texas's new voter photo identification law. More from PostPolitics Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake Here are 10 names that may be unfamiliar but that you should definitely get to know. Joe Biden's top Scranton moments Ruth Tam The vice president returns to his hometown Friday. We look back at his past visits and shout-outs to Scranton. The ruling, however, did not preclude the Obama administration from using other sections of the law. On Thursday, the Justice Department said it will rely on another section of the act to contend that the Texas voter ID measure was adopted with the purpose, and will have the result, of denying or abridging the right to vote on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group. The Texas law sets strict requirements for the types of government-issued photo ID that must be presented at polling places. Texas argues that the requirements are intended to curb voter fraud. The suit filed by Justice says the state knew or should have known that Hispanic and African-American Texans disproportionately lack the forms of photo ID required by the law. We will not allow the Supreme Courts recent decision to be interpreted as open season for states to pursue measures that suppress voting rights, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said in a statement. We will keep fighting aggressively to prevent voter disenfranchisement. .
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Justice Department sues Texas over voter ID law


The president floated the idea in an apparently off-the-cuff remark at a town-hall meeting at Binghamton University during an upstate tour to promote education tuition reforms. The idea of lopping off a year of law school has gained currency with practicing lawyers and some scholars as law schools struggle to convince students that getting a law degree is worth the burden of debt. This is probably controversial to say, but what the heck? Im in my second term, so I can say it, said Mr. Obama, a graduate of Harvard Law School. I believe, for example, that law schools would probably be wise to think about being two years instead of three years. The president added: In the first two years, young people are learning in the classroom. The third year, theyd be better off clerking or practicing in a firm even if they werent getting paid that much. The accreditation standards of the American Bar Associations section on legal education require law schools to have an academic program that typically lasts three years. The ABA has resisted changing those standards. Law students who graduated in 2012 entered the job market shouldering an average of $108,293 in law-school tuition debt, owing tens of thousands of dollars more than the median starting private-sector salary, according to U.S. News . Im grateful to him for wading into this important debate, Daniel B. Rodriguez , dean of Northwestern University School of Law, told Law Blog. We need to take a hard look at how we do business. Mr.
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"When you speak with the Russians, they don't speak about discrimination, they speak about protection (of minors). That is different. I said, 'So please give me the evidence that you are protecting somebody and not discriminating,'" Blatter told the AP on the sidelines of his annual charity soccer tournament in his family's home village. Blatter intends to table the issue at an Oct. 3-4 meeting of the 27-member FIFA executive committee, which includes Russia's sports minister, Vitaly Mutko. Blatter said he expects to meet with Mutko on 2018 World Cup business before the board meeting in Zurich. He also offered to help the IOC deal with Russian authorities, and support the Olympic body's new president who will be elected in a Sept.
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President Obama Backs Two-Year Law Degree

Thats short of the majority of the majority, which has become a benchmark for consensus by the 233 Republicans who control the chamber. We urge you to affirmatively defund the implementation and enforcement of ObamaCare in any relevant appropriations bills brought to the House floor in the current Congress including any continuing appropriations bill, said the letter to Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor . The House has voted 40 times to repeal or revise the health-care law, which the letter said remains broadly unpopular across America, according to the the letter circulated by freshman North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows. The Obama administration in the past has threatened to veto legislation that would withhold money for carrying out the health-care law, raising the specter of a showdown between the Republican-run House and Obama over legislation to finance the government after the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. Dumbest Idea Republicans are divided on the political wisdom of threatening a government shutdown over the issue. North Carolinas Republican Senator Richard Burr called it the dumbest idea Ive ever heard of. Cantor suggested in an Aug. 9 interview with the National Review Online that such a strategy wasnt realistic. In order to avoid a government shutdown, we need 60 votes in the Senate and 218 votes in the House to pass a continuing resolution, he said, referring to short-term legislation to fund the government. To get 60 votes in the Senate, you need at least 14 Democrats to join Republicans and pass a CR that defunds Obamacare, he said. Right now, I am not aware of a single Democrat in the Senate who would join us. Two freshmen Republican senators, Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas, are championing the idea of stopping funding for the health-care law through the appropriations process. This week, Pat Roberts of Kansas became the 14th Senate Republican to sign a letter being circulated by Lee thats similar to the one by Meadows, said Lees spokesman Brian Phillips. Radio Ads The Senate Conservatives Fund began airing radio ads this week to pressure Burr and South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham to drop their opposition to using appropriations to squelch funding for the health law.
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Obama: Law School Should Be Two, Not Three, Years

25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --In a town hall-style meeting at Binghamton University in New York on August 23, 2013, President Obama said, "This is probably controversial to say, but what the heck. I am in my second term, so I can say it. I believe that law schools would probably be wise to think about being two years instead of three years." The President's remarks were in the context of a nationwide campaign on College Affordability . In connection with the President's comment, Brooklyn Law School announced three months ago, on May 8, 2013, that it is the first law school in the New York metropolitan area to enable students to earn a J.D. in 2 years. The new Brooklyn 2-year offering is designed for select students seeking a rigorous legal education in an abbreviated timeframe. Candidates interested in, and qualified for, this type of intense program might be, for example: 1) mid-life or mid-career professionals, including CPAs, MBA graduates, or those from academia desiring legal credentials and a new start; 2) foreign-trained lawyers with strong English-language proficiency; 3) individuals with established career plans following law school; or, 4) adults who seek to reenter the workforce. According to Brooklyn Law School Dean Nick Allard, "The President's support for a 2-year JD is not surprising. There is not a legal educator in the country who is not considering making law school better, more efficient, and more relevant to the new world of law. That's why at Brooklyn Law School we are offering a rigorous 2-year accelerated JD Program to students who can handle doing three years of work in 24 months. But, a 2-year program is only one piece of the puzzle." Allard further explained that simply adopting a 2-year program does not, in and of itself, provide the answer for every student. "There is no one size fits all," Allard noted. With the creation of the program, BLS will offer, starting in 2014, a range of flexible 2-, 2.5-, 3-, 3.5- or 4-year optionscalled "Brooklyn 2-3-4"to adapt to prospective students' needs. Brooklyn Law School is the first in the New York metropolitan area to enable students to earn a J.D. in 2 years. Allard added, "An academically sound 2-year JD program fits the demands of today's world and being old fashioned is not an option. While our faculty and board demand innovation, and this 2-year program is just one of several, they also insist and ensure that any new educational initiatives be high quality and prudent. We have to answer, like the Kosher hot dog company, to a higher authority: The American Bar Association, The American Association of Law Schools, as well as the rules governing Bar admission to practice law in each state. "These high standards assure that all law schools avoid innovations that are fads. We don't implement academic versions of passing fashion or dance crazes like the Nehru jacket, or Macarena." Allard also said that it is important that other law schools adopt similar innovation including a 2-year JD program. "When you look at the demand for jobs where a JD is preferred in areas like compliance and risk management, energy law, privacy rights, increasing educational programs that offer more flexibility for people to get a JD will be important.There will be increasing pressure to get law students ready for practice as quickly as they can be well trained. More law schools offering a 2-Year JD will be an important part of the solution." Beyond the 2-year JD, Brooklyn Law School has innovated programs to ensure that the third year of law school is even more valuable. These include programs, as the President has encouraged, that give students more work experience. Examples are a business boot camp that provides basic training in business fundamentals, fellowships in public sector legal services that lead directly to employment, a year abroad to earn a foreign LLM degree, and a semester in Washington DC for experience in government service. ABOUT BROOKLYN LAW SCHOOL Now celebrating its 112th year in legal education, Brooklyn Law School is an independent institution, unaffiliated with any university or college, and the only law school in what would be the 4th largest U.S. city, were Brooklyn an independent municipality. The Law School offers a vibrant intellectual community emphasizing teaching excellence, cutting-edge scholarship, and an innovative academic program designed to prepare students for public service, business, and private practice, nationwide and across the globe. @yahoofinance on Twitter, become a fan on Facebook Related Content Chart Your most recently viewed tickers will automatically show up here if you type a ticker in the "Enter symbol/company" at the bottom of this module.
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