That government is best which governs least - except when it comes to sex and reproduction. Written in the "official language". - GWC
The 2012 Republican Party Platform
The 2012 Republican Party Platform
“If you are not going to law school ... what is your alternative path?” asks Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law. “And in purely economic terms, is it better than law school? ... It’s not just monetary ... There are all sorts of exciting things you can do with a law degree.”
Asked about his own economic terms, the highly paid constitutional scholar says, “I wouldn’t have come at half the price. No one is going to take a 50 percent pay cut, no matter how beautiful Orange County is, and no matter how wonderful it is to be part of a new school.”
The two quotes may seem at odds—the ideal of a career bringing more than financial gain, the reality of getting the paycheck now. But they represent the two thorny sides of the debate of law school and its value.
One can hardly blame Chemerinsky for protecting his own. He had a posh teaching gig at Duke University School of Law and a family with four children to support. Still, his blunt statement represents the stark reality to the idealistic aims of law professor Brian Z. Tamanaha, author of Failing Law Schools, which calls for an innovative, top-quality, public-service-minded and affordable (i,.e. less than $20,000 a year) institution as the ideal 21st-century law school.
[Dean Chemerinsky] insists that tuition must be in the $50,000 range if [UC Irvine Law School] is to land in the top 20. On that point, he and I agree. What Dean Chemerinsky does not explain, however, is why it was necessary to create a “top 20” law school. If that was the driving goal, then perhaps Irvine law school should not have been created. There are already about 25 law schools in the “top 20,” three of them in California.And the rebuttal by Chemerinsky:
Dean Chemerinsky knows a great deal more than I do about the economics of running a law school, but I am skeptical of his suggestion that there were only two options: create a “top 20” law school or a “fourth tier” law school. One way to have kept costs down with no significant loss in faculty talent would have been to recruit top professors from excellent law schools with a lower pay scale (Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina, William & Mary, etc.) rather than from Harvard, Northwestern and Yale. But he went for the prestige.
[A]ll of the goals that Professor Tamanaha identifies in his book – maximizing the opportunity for jobs for our students, especially jobs that will allow students to pay back any loans, best serving the profession and the community – are best achieved if we succeed in being a top 20 law school. Of our initial graduating class from May 2012, 28% secured judicial clerkships, 15 in federal courts around the country and one on a state supreme court. About 40% received offers from major law firms. Some are working at government and public interest jobs. As of this writing, 80% of the Class of 2012 has full time employment. None of this would have been possible if we did not have faculty and students of the caliber of a top 20 law school...had we followed Professor Tamanaha’s advice we could have achieved none of this and would have created a not very good fourth tier law school.
Rep. Todd Akin is right to be angry. Why should he be singled out for punishment just because he made wacky, offensive claims on TV? There’s little fairness in asking him to resign if you’re not going to rein in Rick Santorum, Rand Paul, Michele Bachmann, Allen West and about most of the Republican House freshmen.But here is Congressman Todd Akin sticking to his guns even after Romney and Ryan asked him to step down. But listen carefully. There's a hedge there. I think he'll get out of the race.
Our VP nominee, Paul Ryan, was a co-signer with Akin of a House Bill that would have turned those outlandish claims into federal policy. Is he supposed to resign too? Cornyn is only asking Akin to quit because he’s doomed, we badly need that seat, he may have just torpedoed Romney’s campaign, and up until last night there was still time to replace him somewhat gracefully.Basically, we’re outlining a new party policy. Call it “The Sharron Angle Rule”: You can be as crazy as you want, but only if you might win.
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|July 17, 2012|
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