Showing posts with label ABA section on legal education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ABA section on legal education. Show all posts

Monday, August 8, 2011

NY State Bar: Law schools should make grads practice-ready


According to a Law.com report "The New York State Bar Association is urging the American Bar Association, which convened its annual meeting Thursday in Toronto, to evaluate the legal education protocol with an eye toward "enhancing clinical work and supervised activities such as meeting with clients inside and outside the clinical setting and in court, and developing capstone courses."
A draft resolution submitted to the ABA's House of Delegates calls on several of the ABA's constituent bodies -- the Center for Legal Education, the Center for Professional Responsibility, the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, the Committee on CLE, the Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and the Committee on Law School Accreditation -- to "consider the requirements for the success of future lawyers as they carry out their responsibilities."
"Legal education should have more of an emphasis on making sure graduates are ready to practice law," State Bar President Vincent E. Doyle III of Connors & Vilardo in Buffalo said in an interview Wednesday. "It is something that has been de-emphasized, and it shows." 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Supreme Court narrows securities fraud suits: Bloomberg News

Only the person or company in whose name a false statement is issued, i.e. only the one "ultimately responsible" is the "maker" of a false statement.  In Janus Capital Management the court immunized Janus Capital's in-house captive investment advisers from 10(b)(5) fraud actions.  They accomplished this via a  remarkably narrow interpretation of the verb "make".  One of the broadest verbs in the English language, its definitions extend for 12 pages in the micro-film edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.  The court split along the usual 5-4 lines, with Justice Thomas writing the majority opinion. - GWC
Mutual Fund Shareholder Suits Curbed by U.S. Supreme Court - Bloomberg
"A divided U.S. Supreme Court threw out a suit against Janus Capital Group Inc. (JNS) in a ruling that will limit the ability of shareholders of mutual fund companies to press securities fraud suits.
The court, voting 5-4 along ideological lines, today said shareholders can’t sue Janus and a subsidiary for helping produce allegedly misleading prospectuses for Janus mutual funds. The majority said that the funds are separate legal entities and that neither the parent company nor the subsidiary were responsible for the prospectuses."

Saturday, June 11, 2011

TaxProf Blog: ABA to Continue as Law School Accrediter, Despite Noncompliance With 17 Regs

TaxProf Blog: ABA to Continue as Law School Accrediter, Despite Noncompliance With 17 Regs: "The ABA drew intense scrutiny on Thursday from a federal panel that reviews accrediting agencies."

The ABA section on Legal Education accredits law schools. Most states allow only graduates of ABA-accredited law schools to take the bar exam. Its recent proposals (which would weaken tenure) have drawn fire. Lack of openness about job prospects is another area of criticism. My favorite beef is the upstairs-downstairs approach to clinical egal education. The ABA ratifies the common practice of tenure for `academic' faculty and five-year contracts for clinical faculty.   As for legal writing teachers and adjuncts: oh, never mind. - GWC