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17 Sep, 2013

A Couple Weeks of Media Craziness

2019-03-18T18:47:41+00:00September 17th, 2013|Tags: , , , , , , |

I kind of figured what would happen after Adam Liptak from the New York Times called to say he was going to write a follow-up piece to his 2010 article about my life and legal successes while in prison. After the article in the Times, my wife Annie and I had a crazy couple of weeks that [...]

17 Jul, 2012

The New York Times Skewers Law Schools, Again!

2019-03-18T18:47:44+00:00July 17th, 2012|Tags: , , , |

After the ABA published employment statistics for new law school graduates that were the worst since 1994, the media has started to take notice. On Sunday, the New York Times wrote yet again about the struggling state of law school education. But what about law schools? Not so much. For the most part, law schools are [...]

22 Feb, 2012

Legal Education in Crisis?

2019-03-18T18:47:47+00:00February 22nd, 2012|Tags: , , |

At the New York Times, Professor Stanley Fish discusses the state of legal education. Fish writes: Uneasiness about the state of legal education has been around for some time, but in the wake of the financial meltdown of 2008, uneasiness ripened into a conviction that something was terribly wrong as law school applications declined, thousands of [...]

14 Jan, 2012

Balancing Away Freedoms and the Response from Religious Groups to the Supreme Court’s Decision in Hosanna-Tabor

2019-03-18T18:47:49+00:00January 14th, 2012|Tags: , , |

 This week, in what Adam Liptak at the New York Times suggested was “most significant religious liberty decision in two decades, the Supreme Court ruled in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church v. EEOC that: The interest of society in the enforcement of employ­ment discrimination statutes is undoubtedly important. But so too is the interest of religious groups [...]

2 Dec, 2011

The Efficiency Over Rights Argument

2011-12-02T18:49:41+00:00December 2nd, 2011|Tags: , , |

Stanford Law Professor Jeffrey L. Fisher had a particularly compelling argument yesterday in the New York Times against the assertion that if applying federal constitutional rights costs too much than the right should not apply. This efficiency versus rights argument is a commonly employed by prosecutors offices across the country. And it is incredibly false. Tax [...]

20 Nov, 2011

Law Schools Are Teaching What They Can

2019-03-18T18:47:50+00:00November 20th, 2011|Tags: , , , , , |

David Segal’s piece in the New York Times yesterday raised serious questions about whether law schools are really teaching students to become practicing attorneys rather than, say, just good law students. The piece also addressed such things as clinical work, legal scholarship, and the cost of law school. My perspective on these [...]

5 Sep, 2011

The ABA Is Full Of It

2019-03-18T18:47:54+00:00September 5th, 2011|Tags: , , , |

A few weeks ago the New York Times published this piece addressing the serious issue that “most low-income Americans cannot afford a lawyer to defend their legal interests, no matter how urgent the issue.” The Times suggested several ways to provide better access to justice for low-income people. Those suggestions included allowing [...]

21 Aug, 2011

Prisons and Prisoners in the News

2011-08-21T15:32:34+00:00August 21st, 2011|Tags: , , , , |

There has been a ton of prisoner-related news over the last few days and almost all of it courtesy of the New York Times. First, the Times noted a trend amongst conservative states: they are lightening harsh sentences in an effort to save money. Then came word that Texas--the incarcerationa and death penalty capital of [...]