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Obama: Make law school two years, not three


Post to Facebook Obama: Make law school two years, not three on Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. 94 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Barack Obama Obama: Make law school two years, not three John Johnson, Newser 10:46 a.m. EDT August 24, 2013 President Obama speaks during a town hall meeting at Binghamton University on Friday in Binghamton, N.Y. (Photo: Jewel Samad, AFP/Getty Images) SHARE 811 CONNECT 65 TWEET 94 COMMENTEMAILMORE As President Obama continued his swing through upstate New York on Friday to talk about college debt, he offered a concrete suggestion to the nation's law schools: Ditch the traditional third year. "This is probably controversial to say, but, what the heck, I'm in my second term, so I can say it," said the president in Binghamton, as quoted by BuzzFeed. "Law schools would probably be wise to think about being two years instead of three years." Instead of going to lectures, third-year law students should gain real-world experience by clerking at a law firm, even for low pay. "That step alone would reduce the costs for the student." NEWSER: Key to mental health might be in your stomach With his suggestion, Obama waded "into a hotly debated issue inside the beleaguered legal academy," writes Peter Lattman at the New York Times. Calls for reform are mounting as tuition rises and new law school grads struggle to find work. Schools would take a financial hit under such a move, but Obama said they could handle it "if they thought creatively." The former constitutional law professor knows all about the issue first-hand. Lynn Sweet at the Chicago Sun-Times reports that he took out $42,753 in loans for Harvard Law alone, and Michelle just slightly less. They weren't able to pay off the debt until 2004, and only then because Obama signed a $1.9 million book deal. Newser is a USA TODAY content partner providing general news, commentary and coverage from around the Web.
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Aaron Cohen Law: New Bill Ups Minimum Sentencing For Florida Hit-And-Runs

Leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death would result in a second degree felony charge. 2006: Justin McWilliams Act Jeb Bush signed this law which changed the LSA law to apply to accident that occur on both private and public property. It also upped punishment for crashes ending in death to a first degree felony. The Act was named after a young man who was struck and killed as he was leaving a party on a private field in 2002. The driver was charged under LSA law, but the charges were later dismissed because the incident occurred on private land. 2007: Adam Arnold Act This added a minimum sentence of two years if the driver left the scene of an accident and was found to be under the influence. The act is named after a 16-year-old who was struck and killed while riding in a car. The driver, found days laters, was placed on just three years probation.
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Get rid of tenure for law schools: Column

The people would not accept a situation in which a congressman or senator perpetually stays in office because he was effective during his initial term; likewise, it should be no answer to students in the seventh, fifteenth, or twentieth year of a professor's career that, "well, he was good for the first six." For these reasons, it comes as welcome news that a council of the American Bar Association, the accrediting body for U.S. law schools, has favored a proposal that would no longer require law schools to have tenure policies in order to be accredited. I hope my colleagues in law schools will embrace this flexibility and consider alternative ways to safeguard academic freedom and minority interests while avoiding the problems with the prevailing tenure model. Current economic and employment realities only heighten the importance of such bold experimentation. It is true that being a law professor is one of the best jobs in the world. Yet, our personal affection for or attachment to the position and its many perks should not stand in the way of examining what is best for our profession -- and our students. Dawinder S.
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David Backes, Sidney Crosby, other NHLers speak out against Russia?s anti-gay law

Im supportive of anyone, St. Louis Blues center David Backes said at U.S. Olympic orientation camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Monday. I dont care if youre black, white, green, purple, gold, as long as youre committed to the team aspect and the way that were playing youre always welcome on my team, Backes said. We dont have to agree with everything they do and they dont have to agree with everything we do. Weve got our views and well see how that all pans out. Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise shared that stance. You always hear with the NHL and USA Hockey that everyones got the right to play, he said. I dont discriminate, I dont believe in that. In April, the NHL and NHL Players Association announced a partnership with the You Can Play Project , which works to foster equality, respect and safety of all athletes regardless of sexual orientation. Many players, including former Capitals forward Matt Hendricks , have become involved in the program. On the opening day of Canadas Olympic orientation camp Sunday in Calgary, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby spoke out against Russias law.
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?Law & Order: SVU? To Air Trayvon Martin/Paula Deen Episode

The Supreme Federal Court said in a brief statement on its website that it had ruled unconstitutional a controversial law that limits the premier, president and the parliament speaker to two terms of office. Government balances peace and justice as it negotiates with rebels Juan Forero Colombias highest court to decide as early as Tuesday whether a plan to handle war crimes is constitutional. Liz Sly After being shot at by snipers, weapons experts reach a town where poison gas was allegedly used. Russia condemns hysteria over Syria Will Englund As the Assad regimes stalwart ally, Moscow says the West is ready to act before evidence is in hand. World Digest: Aug. 26, 2013 Egyptian Islamist groups propose truce; Afghan President Karzai seeks help on Taliban talks in Pakistan. Al-Maliki first became prime minister in 2006. He secured second term in office after nearly nine months of political wrangling after the 2010 national elections. His political rivals accuse him of consolidating power, bringing the security forces and other state institutions under his control, and sidelining rivals. They say he has plunged the country into political infighting that has contributed declining security and some of the worst violence in years. His backers say he is a unifier who has restored a shattered Iraqi state, and that the Iraqi electorate should decide whether to keep him as prime minister. After the law was passed in January by 170 members of the 275-seat legislature, al-Malikis allies dubbed it illegal and vowed to appeal it. Two lawmakers al-Malikis ally Ali al-Shalah and one of his opponents, parliamentarian Mohammed al-Khalidi said the court issued its decision Monday on the basis that draft laws should be proposed by either the Cabinet or the president, not parliament.
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Declining law school admissions create ripple effect, related businesses must chart new courses

Law & Order: SVU was certainly paying attention and has decided that in keeping with the times, the show will combine both events for the third episodeof its upcoming15th season, according to Entertainment Weekly . [Jeffrey]Tambor is a defense attorney representing a very high-profile celebrity woman chef who thought she was being pursued by a rapist and turned around it was a teenager. And she shot him, said SVUExecutive Producer WarrenLeightto EW. To take on the role of Deen, Law & Order cast Cybill Shephard, 63. Related: Trayvon Martin Hoodie MightBecomeMuseum Exhibit The episode willtouch on racial profiling, self-defense andhow the twomix, if ever. Zimmerman, 29,was found not guilty last month on the charges of second-degree murder for shooting Martin, 17,early in 2012. Prosecutors accused Zimmerman of profiling Martin as a criminal and following him with a loaded gun. Zimmermansaid he shot Martin in self-defense after he was knocked to the ground. George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty and Goes Free Deen, on the other hand, watched as her celebrity chef empire crumbled followingher admitting under oath tohaving used the N-word years ago. Wal-Mart, Target and the Food Network were a few of the companies that cut ties with her. SVUs Leight said that the script divided the cast on whosright and wrong, justlike Zimmerman and Deen. Read: 12 Companies That Cut Ties With Paula Deen It was really interesting to see people read that script and have different interpretations about who did what and whether or not they deserved prison for it, he added. NBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the upcoming episode. Law & Order: SVU will begin airingits 15th season on Sept.
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Iraq court rejects law that would impose term limits on prime minister

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