Newsweek Cites LawCentral.com;
AmLaw Media Cites LawSchool.com
Newsweek has named LawCentral.com one of "103 best web sites." Meanwhile, LawSchool.com was chosen as a "Website of the Month" by the American Lawyer Media's "Internet Newsletter" and was rated 4 1/2 stars, out of 5.
Woman Wins NY Bar Exam Case
A dyslexic New York woman has won her battle in federal court to take the two-day New York bar exam in four days. Story - 8/16
'Teacher of the Year'
Prof. Molly Lien, who was voted 'Teacher of the Year' by the students and overwhelmingly voted tenure by the faculty, will leave Chicago-Kent L.S. after she was denied tenure by Dean Henry Perritt. Prof. Lien, who teaches legal writing, also lectures for Law Preview, the prelaw prep course that competes with Barbri. - 5/20
Harcourt Sub Sues Mich.
Harcourt General's Barpassersmicromash Bar Review, the sister company of Harcourt General's Barbri Bar Review, has sued Michigan's Bar Review, one of Barbri's few remaining competitors, for allegedly using materials improperly from the erstwhile SMH bar review. Harcourt General has gobbled up the materials or businesses of most of its competitors, including SMH, once the nation's second largest bar review. - 5/17
Texas Bar Exam Pass Rate Plummets
The pass rate on the Texas bar exam dropped 13.75 per cent from last year's winter pass rate for first-time takers, with graduates of Texas law schools repeating the exam passing at only 48.94%. The overall pass rate was 60.53%. Story - 5/8
Pa. to Release Names of Failed
The Pennsylvania Board of Bar Examiners will now release to Pa. law schools the names of their graduates who fail the state's bar exam. Story - 6/8
Levmore to Head U. Chicago L.S.
Prof. Saul Levmore, a scholar in comparative law, tort law, and corporate law, and a lecturer for the Law Preview prelaw prep course, has been named dean of the U. of Chicago L.S., replacing Prof. Daniel Fischel, who resigned after he was forced to dismiss a female employee with whom he had a relationship. - 5/11
NYLJ Lauds Brooklyn Law School
The NY Law Journal celebrates the centennial anniversary of Brooklyn Law School by citing the amazing growth of what was once a very local school. Story. -5/29
NYU Dean Named NYU Prexy
Prof. John Sexton, dean of NYU L.S. and perhaps the world's best law-school fundraiser, has been named president of NYU, the nation's largest private university. - 5/9 Faculty 'Cry Foul'
Continues Affiliation Battle
South Texas College of Law continues its battle to affiliate with Texas A&M. Story.
Students Claim Inferiority
A student organization at San Francisco's Hastings L.S. has begun publicizing its "perceived second-class status" compared to certain other law schools. Story.
U of Houston
Some students at the U of Houston are contesting the choice of Sarah Weddington, the Austin attorney who represented the plaintiff in Roe v. Wade, as the law school's commencement speaker. Story.
NYLJ Cites Growth of Law
The New York Law Journal, the American Lawyer Media daily, features Law Preview and its CEO Don Macaulay and how the prelaw prep course prepares students for their first year of law school. NYLJ story
Ousted for Prison Record
Thomas Gionis, 47, a 2L at Chicago's John Marshall L.S. and a former orthopedic surgeon, has been denied the editorship of the law review after it was learned he had been imprisoned for arranging an attack on his former wife, according to the AP. Story. Update.
on Fla. Racism Claims
The major basis for allegations of racism at the U of Florida College of Law is a "culture of name calling" by the school's professors, according to a report just released. Story.
Whittier's John FitzRandolph Dies
John FitzRandolph, the longtime dean of Whittier Law School, has died. He was 65. Story.
Female Law Students Near Majority,
Affecting Schools and Legal Practice
More women than men are expected to begin law school this fall, for the first time, making classes "more teamlike and less adversarial" and causing changes in the way law is practiced, according to The New York Times. Story. Critique.
Florida Coastal Dean
J. Richard Hurt has been named dean of Jacksonville's Florida Coastal School of Law, to replace founding dean Don Lively, who will chair the school's board of trustees. Details.
Jeffries to Succeed Scott as UVA Dean
John Jeffries, Jr., a Con Law scholar and popular lecturer, has been named to replace Robert Scott as dean of the U of Virginia School of Law. Details
NY Post Slams Cardozo Award
The tabloid NY Post, in an editorial, has blasted an award given by two Cardozo LS groups to Bill Clinton who, the Post says, has "an utter contempt for the law." News story.
Cornell, NYU Lead on NY Bar Exam
Cornell L.S. and NYU L.S. tied at 94% for the highest pass rate among NY schools for first-time takers on the New York Bar Exam. See the right column for all rates.
Prof Leaves $1.2M to Southern Illinois
A professor at Southern Illinois University has left the law school $1.2 million in his will. Details
Funding Cut for Fla. Law Schools
The Florida legislature has slashed funding for the new Fla. A&M and FIU law schools, delaying their openings, while retaining funding for medical programs. Details
Legal Giant W. Ray Forrester Dies
William Ray Forrester, a Con Law scholar and the former dean of Cornell, Tulane, and Vanderbilt law schools, died Feb. 23 in Baton Rouge, La. A popular lecturer and writer on Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure, Prof. Forrester taught at UC Hastings until two months before his death at 90.
Ohio State Dean
to Head City College
Gregory H. Williams, dean of Ohio State, has been named president of New York's City College. Dean Robert J. Reinstein of Temple had also interviewed for the position, according to The NY Times.
Holmes to Head Baltimore L.S.
Gilbert A. Holmes, assoc. dean at Texas Wesleyan, has been named dean of the U. of Baltimore School of Law. Details
Iowa Prof Named Washington Dean
W.H. "Joe" Knight Jr., a professor at U of Iowa L.S., has been chosen to head the U of Washington L.S. Details
Associates Flex Their Muscles
More and more associates are challenging partnership tracks, management styles, and the status quo at law firms across the country, according to Terry Carter of the ABA Journal. Details
Appalachian Gets Tentative Accreditation
As ABA Denies Approval to Barry L.S.
Appalachian L.S., a new school in Grundy, Va., has been granted provisional accreditation by the ABA (Details), while Barry University L.S., in Orlando, Fla., has seen its accreditation effort denied for a second time, leaving Barry grads in limbo over their ability to practice law. Details Update [The Florida SCt granted Barry's petition for its students to take the Feb. 2001 bar exam]
Georgia's John Marshall L.S. Sold
John Marshall L.S., the beleaguered Atlanta, Ga., school (not affiliated with Chicago's John Marshall L.S.) will be acquired by Argosy Education of Chicago, the nation's largest for-profit provider of doctoral level programs, which has just completed its purchase of Western State U. College of Law. Details Update
WNEC Wins Nat'l Negotiation Title
Thomas Sullivan and Richard Kneeland from Western New England College of Law beat Georgetown and other schools to win the ABA-sponsored National Negotiation Competition. Details
Boalt #1, UCLA #2 on Calif. Bar
UC Berkeley (Boalt ) had the highest pass rate among Calif. schools on the Calif. Summer 2000 bar exam at 94%, besting No. 2 UCLA at 90% and Stanford at 85%. Details
Kluwer Buys Emanuel Outline
Wolters Kluwer, the giant Dutch publisher that owns CCH and Aspen Publishers and which announced its intent to purchase Loislaw, has just purchased Emanuel Law Outlines, the nation's most popular and best-written law-school summary series. Superstar Steve Emanuel will continue to edit the series.
Chi Dean Quits in Romance Clash;
Richard Epstein Named Interim Dean
Daniel Fischel has resigned as dean of the U. of Chicago L.S. in an apparently bitter feud with the University over his relationship with the school's former assoc. dean for external affairs. Details-1 Details-2
Percey Luney Named Florida A&M Dean
Percey R. Luney, Jr., former dean of Nevada's National Judicial College, has been named to head the new Florida A&M L.S. in Orlando. Details
Fla. Coastal Accused of Discrimination
Two faculty members at Florida Coastal School of Law have charged the privately-owned Jacksonville law school with discrimination and anti-Semitism. Details
SMU L.S. Renamed for Alumni Gifts
SMU L.S. has been renamed the Dedman School of Law, in honor of the family that contributed more than $20 million to the Dallas, Texas, law school. Details
So. Fla. Law Schools Brace for FIU
The three South Florida law schools, Nova Southeastern, the U. of Miami, and St. Thomas, expect a challenge for minority students as the less-expensive Florida International University L.S. prepares to open in Fall 2002. Details
More Firms Adopt Merit-Based Pay
Many big law firms have stopped giving associates the same annual pay raises and have shifted to giving annual raises based instead on merit, according to the American Lawyer. Details
LSAT Rescored After Error Found
Scores were recalculated for the Oct. 2000 LSAT after a test-taker complained about a faulty question. Details
Change in Election Aftermath
Many law schools have altered their Con Law and Election Law curricula following the 2000 election controversy that reached the US Supreme Court in Bush v. Gore. Details
Value of LSAT
The Law School Admissions Council has commissioned a $10 million study to examine law school admissions policies and the value of its own LSAT. Details
Prof 'Fired' for TV's 'Power of Attorney'
Seton Hall L.S. Prof. Andrew Napolitano claims he was fired, although the school says he resigned, for the demands of his appearance on the Fox TV show 'Power of Attorney.' Details
The trial to determine whether the U. of Michigan L.S. can take applicants' race into account in the admission process has begun. Details Update-1 Update-2 Update-3 Update-4
Wolters Kluwer Buys Loislaw
Wolters Kluwer, the giant Dutch publisher that owns CCH and Aspen Publishers, has bought online legal research company Loislaw, at a price more than 90% below Loislaw's recent trading high. Details
CUNY Law School Pass Rate Jumps
CUNY, the only downstate public law school in NY, has gone from last to middle of the pack on the NY Bar Exam, after changes in the school's iconoclastic curriculum. NY Times article
Seeks State Approval
President's College School of Law, in Wichita, is seeking state recognition as the third law school in Kansas. Details
So. Texas / A&M Decision
The 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court decision invalidating Texas A&M's affiliation with the South Texas College of Law. Details
Fed Ct OKs Race-Based Admissions
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the U. of Washington L.S. acted legally in considering applicants' race in the school's former admission policy. Details
New California Law School Proposed
A faculty committee has proposed a new California law school for Irvine, in Orange County. The proposal is subject to review by the Regents of the University of California. Details
Dean Leaves Law
School $4 Million
Orlando Hollis, the former dean of the U. of Oregon L.S. who died in early 2000, has left the law school a gift said to be in excess of $4 million.
Bar/bri Bar Review Sold Again
The Bar/bri Bar Review Course has been sold for the third time since 1974. Details will appear in this space.
Columbia Law Student Sentenced
Edmond Ko, who was convicted of murdering Hyseung Lynda Ho, his former girlfriend and a Columbia law student, in 1998, was sentenced to 25 years to life, the maximum sentence in NY for 2nd-degree murder. Ko, who, prosecutors said, slashed Ms. Ho's throat to impress a jealous girlfriend, continues to maintain his innocence.
The New New
Thing: Internet Law
The hot topic in law schools today is Internet Law, according to The New York Times.
Kellis E. Parker, a civil-rights activist and the first black law professor at Columbia LS, died Oct. 10. He was 58. Former Harvard Prof. Raoul Berger, who was born in Russia, became a concert violinist, and then had a mid-life conversion to the law, died Sept. 25 at the age of 99. Berger had written extensively on presidential impeachment and executive privilege. David A. Charny, a chaired prof at Harvard LS and a specialist in employment and corporate law, died on Aug. 31. He was 44. Former SMU Prof. Lennart Larson, an arbitrator who helped to decide more than 2,000 labor disputes, died on Nov. 25 at the age of 87.
NYU Ends 22-Year Ban on Army Recruiting
NYU L.S., which had barred military recruiters for the past 22 years because the Defense Dept. does not employ openly gay persons, said it will permit recruiters rather than have the University lose substantial federal research funds. The NY Times: "The earlier policy meant that the law school, which has long been known as a congenial school for gay students, lost about $75,000 in student aid."
No Need to Take the California Bar
Attorneys admitted in other states may be able to waive the difficult California bar exam, under a reciprocity proposal being weighed by the state's Supreme Court.
Bob Scott Resigns U.Va. Deanship
Robert E. Scott, the popular dean of the U of Virginia School of Law for the past 10 years, has announced his intention to leave the deanship on July 1, 2001.
New Deans: Prof. Charles W.
Goldner, Jr. is the new dean at U of Arkansas - Little Rock, replacing Prof. Rodney K. Smith, who accepted a chair at the U of
Prof. L. Anthony Sutin has been
named dean of Appalachian School of Law. Prof. Michael D. Floyd has
been named acting dean of Cumberland L.S.
Matthew L. Spitzer, an authority on communications law, has been named dean of the U of Southern California L.S. Spitzer, who formerly taught at Northwestern L.S., is a grad of UCLA, Caltech, and USC L.S. William C. Powers, Jr., an authority on products-liability law, has been named dean of the U. of Texas L.S. Powers, 53, a 1973 Harvard L.S. grad, said he will curtail or end his consultancies and activities as an expert witness on assuming the deanship.
Neighbors Protest NYU Building Plans
Chanting "Shame on NYU," neighbors and historic preservationists have protested NYU's plan to demolish the former home of Edgar Alan Poe to build a 13-story law school building.
Radical Idea: Law Students to Work Harder
Howrey Simon, a D.C. law firm, has radically changed its summer program, taking a major recruitment risk by requiring law students to work longer hours, be productive, and receive fewer perks. See NY Times.
Legal Superstar Charles Alan Wright Dies
Charles Alan Wright, the co-author with Prof. Arthur R. Miller and others of civil procedure treatises and other materials, a prof at the U of Texas LS for half a century, and Richard Nixon's attorney during the Watergate scandal, died July 7 in Austin. He was 72.
Reverse Decade-Long Decline
Law schools gained modestly in applications this year, reversing a 30% decline during the 1990s, while business schools have seen their applications decrease substantially, reversing the increased popularity of B schools during the last decade. See NY Times.
ABA Plan Could Reduce 2d Bar Exam
A proposal before the ABA would permit attorneys to practice in states in which they have not been admitted, on matters related to legal matters in other states, according to the NJ Law Journal. If passed, this rule could reduce a major income source for NJ, which is by far the most popular 'add-on' state for bar exam candidates, esp. candidates from PA and NY.
3 Cities Woo New Florida Law School
Orlando, Tampa, and Lakeland are competing to be the site of the new Fla. A&M Law School, with the Tampa Tribune reporting that Tampa has increased its offer, and the Orlando Sentinel reporting that Orlando is the favorite choice. Florida has approved $15 million to build the state school.
NYU Buys Profs Million-Dollar Apartments
NYU L.S. spent $1.255 million for Visiting Prof. Stephen Perry's West Village apartment and similar amounts to provide other profs with free housing, according to the weekly NY Observer. However, the Daily Pennsylvanian reports that Perry will remain at Penn, and questions aspects of the Observer story.
George Mason Founder Norvell Dies
Ralph N. Norvell, the founding dean of Virginia's George Mason L.S., died on April 29. Norvell, who had been dean of Temple L.S. and a law prof at NYU, So. Carolina, and Baylor, was 79.
Boalt 2L Pleads 'Not Guilty' of 'Unlawful Lodging'
Rick Young, a U.C.-Berkeley second-year law student, pleaded 'not guilty' to three counts of 'unlawful lodging,' after spending 3 weeks in a campus parking lot to protest housing, gas emissions, and safety conditions.
Legal Giant Herbert Wechsler Dies
Columbia L.S. Prof. Herbert Wechsler, often called a 'legal giant' for his influential work in criminal and constitutional law, including the Model Penal Code, and for his defense of The NY Times in the landmark SupCt case Times v. Sullivan, died April 27. He was 90.
WSJ re Lexis-Nexis
"The Lexis-Nexis unit of Reed-Elsevier PLC says it didn't get a later start than Thomson Corp.'s West Group in Internet services, having launched its Lexis.com legal research service in September 1997, six months before West Group launched its own Westlaw.com. But West Group and an analyst who studies the industry both say West Group was earlier in offering a comprehensive Web site." --Wall St. Journal.
U.S. Supreme Court Goes Online
The U.S. Supreme Court has opened its own website. For the site, click here. For related sites, go to LawCentral.com.
Rapoport to Head Houston Law Center
Prof. Nancy B. Rapoport, U. of Nebraska L.S. dean and a former prof at Ohio State L.S., has been named dean of the U. of Houston Law Center. Rapoport, who is from Houston, is a 1985 Stanford L.S. grad.
Lessig to Leave Harvard for Stanford
Prof. Lawrence Lessig, the cyberlaw expert who advised the court in the Microsoft antitrust litigation, has said he will leave Harvard L.S. this fall to accept a chaired professorship at Stanford.
2 Companies Vie
for Pre-Law Students
Two courses -- East Coast-based Law PReview and Midwest-based NILE -- are gaining in popularity with pre-law students eager for an advantage by reviewing first-year subjects and study methods before beginning law school.
Former Harvard Dean Vorenberg Dies
Prof. James Vorenberg, a criminal-law authority, dean of the Harvard L.S. from 1981-89, a Watergate prosecutor, and a cookbook author, died April 12. He was 72.
Nova Admits Oprah
Ann Gibbs, Nova Southeastern LS assoc. dean, admitted Ralph Martin to the law school on March 22 in front of Oprah Winfrey and millions of viewers.
Prof. Karen H. Rothenberg, an expert in health-care law and bioethics, has been named dean of the U. of Maryland L.S.
Pay Hits $2,400/Week
Summer pay rates are catching up with first-year rates as L.A.'s Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher agrees to pay summer associates $2,400/week, equal to the firm's $125,000/year for new associates.
Research Foes West, Lexis in Secret Pact
West Publishing and Lexis-Nexis, the two competitive giants of electronic legal research, entered into a confidential agreement by which West shared secretly its Westlaw case law and citation system with Lexis, according to the Conn. Law Tribune, an American Lawyer Media publication. For story, click here.
Stanford Up, Harvard Down, Yale No. 1
In Controversial US News Rankings
Yale retained its No. 1 bragging rights, as Stanford took sole possession of No. 2 from Harvard in the annual, controversial ranking of law schools by US News. Rounding out the nation's top 10, US News says, are Harvard, NYU, Columbia, Chicago, Michigan, Boalt, Virginia, Cornell, and Duke. Rankings 1-50 are in the right column. For all rankings, click "Law School Rankings" on the left column.
Texas Tech Gets
Problematic $15 Million
Wayne A. Reaud, a Texas Tech alum who shared in a $3.3 billion (with a "B") legal fee from tobacco litigation, has given his alma mater $15 million. One small problem: W. Frank Newton, the school's dean, helped decide Reaud's legal fee.
Law Students Can Study for Finals Online
More and more law schools are posting old final exams online, thus leveling the playing field for law students by eliminating the advantage of having friends with secret hoards of old exams. To see if your school is listed, click 'Final Exam Prep' button on the left.
NY 'Going Rate' Hits $125K, Plus Bonus
The going rate for first-year associates at major Manhattan firms has hit $125,000, plus bonuses as high as $30,000. And dress codes have become more liberal, reports the NY Law Journal, with Cravath going casual on Fridays from May to Sept., and some firms going "all-casual, all-summer."
Harvard Students Critique Law School
The Harvard student newspaper has disclosed the contents of a McKinsey study in which hundreds of law students say that the school's administration is unresponsive, that classes are too large, and that grades are arbitrary and unfair. Story
Named Penn Law Dean
Prof. Michael Fitts, who has taught at the U. of Penn. L.S. since 1985, will succeed Prof. Colin S. Diver as dean of the Philadelphia school. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale L.S., Fitts has written extensively on political institutions and the separation of powers.
Backs LSAT Lawsuit
Steve Wozniak, the wealthy co-founder of Apple Computer, has committed $20,000 to help finance a pending lawsuit charging the LSAC with "discrimination on the basis of disability" and violations of the ADA in administering the Law School Admissions Test.
LoisLaw Listed in Barron's Cover Story
LoisLaw, the low-cost competitor to Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis, is included as No. 34 in Barron's March 20th cover story "Burning Fast," about Internet companies with high cash burn rates.
NY Bar Exam to Include MPT
The NY Bar Exam, which had not changed dramatically since the Multistate multiple-choice portion was substituted for one day of the two-day exam in 1979, will add the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) beginning July 2001. The MPT is a 90-minute assignment that emphasizes basic lawyering skills, rather than knowledge of detailed local law. MPT link
Yale Prof. Joseph
Goldstein Dies at 76
Prof. Joseph Goldstein, 76, the co-author of influential books on child custody and other legal issues pertaining to children, died March 12 in New Haven, Conn., where he had taught on the Yale L.S. faculty since 1956. Prof. Goldstein's principal work combined the disciplines of family law and psychoanalysis.
U of Chicago's Edward H. Levi Dies at 88
Prof. Edward H. Levi, who was president of the U of Chicago, dean of its law school, and U.S. Attorney General under Pres. Ford in the aftermath of Watergate, died March 7 at his home in Chicago. One of the legal giants of the 20th Century, Levi was 88.
G'town Students Busted in Pump & Dump
Four Georgetown law students--Douglas Colt, Kenneth Terrell, Adam Altman, and Jason Wyckoff--were accused by the SEC of running a boiler-room operation, after Colt posted a notice on a rival Web site: "Buy a bunch of garbage stock. Tell your idiot subscribers how great the stock is, and like sheep they will run out and buy it. Dump the shares you bought a few hours ago to all these suckers." The students settled with the SEC, without admitting or denying the charges.
Accused of Price-Fixing
Two Virgin Island attorneys, represented by Paul J. Ruskin, a solo who helped beat West Group in two major copyright suits, have charged West and its rival Lexis-Nexis, in a suit filed Feb. 15 in NY's Southern District, with illegal price-fixing and copyright violations, allegedly causing inflated prices for research materials.
Dwyer Named Boalt Dean, Igniting Protest
Prof. John P. Dwyer, an expert in environmental law, has been named dean of Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, replacing Herma Hill Kay. After the appointment, which is subject to approval by the UC Bd of Regents, student groups protested, questioning Dwyer's commitment to a racially diverse student body.
PLI Launches MBE Review Course
The Practising Law Institute, the not-for-profit legal educator, has announced its new bar review program, providing supplemental preparation for the Multistate Bar Exam. The program is directed by Chris DeSantis, formerly with West Bar Review and Kaplan Educational Centers. For information, click here.
Dilworth to Head Bar/bri's
Following a corporate realignment, John R. Dilworth, 60, has been named president of the division of Harcourt General that includes Bar/bri and Harcourt's other bar review courses. Harcourt recently sold off its CPA review course, which was named after Richard F. Duffy, 53, and Richard James Conviser, 62, and recently stopped offering its Bar/bri LSAT prep course.
Backlash Greets Addition of Tech Course
To U. of Chicago First-Year Curriculum
More than 170 U. of Chicago law students, along with alumni and at least two faculty members, Profs. Albert W. Alschuler and Stephen J. Schulhofer, have protested the new first-year requirement of "Technology, Innovation, and Society" replacing one of two quarters of criminal law.
Protesting UCLA Law Students Arrested
After Refusing to Leave Occupied Building
UCLA law students were among 16 arrested at the law school when they refused to leave the occupied law building at its 5 pm closing, in their demand for increased racial diversity at the law school.
U of Illinois 1L Dies in Apparent Suicide
U of Illinois 1st-yr. law student Kelly Childs was found dead on March 5 of what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
HLS 3L Wins Record $1 Million
Harvard 3rd-yr. law student Rahim R. Oberholtzer won $1,120,000, a world record, on the TV show "Twenty One."
White & Case
Raises First-Yr. Fla. Pay
White-shoe firm White & Case has raised its base salary for Miami, Fla., first-yr. associates from $84,000 to $105,000, joining a trend as big firms compete for talent with e-commerce companies.
Law Libe Refuses BALSA Display
A controversy has erupted at the U of Colorado over the law library's refusal to allow BALSA to display historical photos and quotes in the library's display case.
Former Ark. Law Prof Bill Clinton
To Be Served With Ethical Complaint
FEB. 8, 2000, 10:45 AM--For the first time in U.S. history, a sitting president will be served with an ethical complaint challenging his license to practice law, LawSchool.com has learned.
The Ark. S.Ct. has ordered its disciplinary committee to act on complaints that Pres. Clinton lied to a grand jury and in depositions. The committee has contacted the Southeastern Legal Foundation, which filed one of many complaints, to craft the version to be served on Pres. Clinton this week.
The committee had claimed discretion to wait until other investigative bodies, such as grand juries, completed their work, but the Ark. S.Ct. ordered it to act "forthwith."
Bar Admissions Guide Now Online
The ABA and the National Conference of Bar Examiners have posted their Guide to Bar Admissions Requirements online. To access, click here.
NY Bar Exam Pass Rates Drop Again;
NYLS, Syracuse Have Biggest Declines
Pass rates on the July 1999 NY Bar Exam dropped at every NY law school except Columbia, with NYLS dropping 12 percentage points to 58% and Syracuse dropping 10 percentage points to 65%, for first-time takers. Pass rates computed for all graduates are generally lower than are rates for first-time takers.
2 Sentenced in LSAT Theft
A former U.S.C. student, Danny Khatchaturian, and a college grad, Dikran Iskendarian, were sentenced to a year in custody and 5 years probation for having an accomplice steal a copy of the LSAT from U.S.C. and give them answers as they took the exam in Hawaii.
Bartlett Named Duke L.S. Dean
Katharine Bartlett, a family- and gender-law expert, has been named to succeed Pamela Gann as dean of Duke L.S. Gann resigned last year to head Claremont McKenna College.
Lexicographer David Mellinkoff Dies
David Mellinkoff, the most influential legal lexicographer of the 20th Century, died on the last day of that century. A UCLA prof, author of "The Language of the Law," and a Beverly Hills attorney whose clients included Mae West, Mellinkoff was 85.
Touro Meets Fund-Raising Resistance
Touro L.S. has faced difficulty from alumni and the community as it attempts to raise $30 million to build a 4-story, 150,000-sq.-ft. complex, according to the NY Law Journal.
NYU 1L Wants to Be a Quarter-Millionaire
Matt Marcotte, a 22-yr.-old NYU first-yr. law student, answered 13 questions correctly and won $250,000 on the ABC game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
Silicon Valley 1st-Yr. Pay Hits $145K
A bidding war has started in Silicon Valley with Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian offering first-year associates salaries of $125,000, plus guaranteed bonuses of $20,000.
Judge Blasts West's
Awards HyperLaw Legal Fees
Calling West Publishing Co.'s conduct "frivolous" for "asserting a copyright in a work consisting predominantly of the work of government agencies," a federal district court has awarded West competitor HyperLaw, Inc., almost $1 million in legal fees. HyperLaw's copyright victory over West was upheld in Nov. 1998 by a 2-1 vote of the 2nd Circuit.
Construction Starts at Baylor L.S.
Construction has begun on the new $28 million law center at Baylor L.S., to replace what many regard as one of the nation's worst law school structures.
Matasar Named NYLS Dean
Prof. Richard A. Matasar, a former dean of Florida's Levin College of Law, has been named to head New York Law School. According to the NY Law Journal, Matasar bested three NYLS profs and the dean of Quinnipiac School of Law for the position.
NY Bar Exam Pass Rate Drops Again
A record 2,695 law school graduates failed the July 1999 New York bar exam, as the pass rate dropped again, now to 68.4%. The pass rate is down significantly from the 78.7% pass rate of 1994. Results
Justice Dept. Sues Over
The U.S. Dept. of Justice has sued the Law School Admission Council, charging the LSAC with denying disabled persons additional time on the LSAT, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Name, It's Not a Christmas Book
In their take-off on Scott Turow's One-L, three grads of Harvard, Stanford, and Yale law schools -- Jaime Marquart, Robert Byrnes, and Aaron Craig -- promise to tell all in "No-L." Read all about it.
Suit Against Temple L.S.
Albert Segal, who was expelled, on charges of sexually harassing more than 12 female students, from Temple U.'s James E. Beasley School of Law just days before he was to graduate, has lost his federal suit accusing the school and its deans of denying him due process.
Eric Neisser, Franklin Pierce Dean, Dies
Prof. Eric Neisser, the new dean at New Hampshire's Franklin Pierce Law Center and a long-time prof at Rutgers-Newark L.S., died suddenly on Nov. 8. Prof. Neisser, a Con Law scholar, was 52.
LSAT Papers Lost in
Some 280 Law School Admission Test answer sheets, from three different test centers, were lost on their way to the Pa. scoring site. Test-takers are being told they can retake the $88 exam without charge.
Harvard L.S. May Leave
According to the Boston Globe: "Bursting at the seams in Cambridge, Harvard University is considering moving several graduate schools, including its law school, across the river to Boston."
Announces 73% Sales Growth
LoisLaw.com, the on-line legal research service similar to Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw, has sold 3.98 million shares at $14 each in an IPO, and said its subscription revenues increased 73% over the prior-year quarter.
Lawsuits Challenge La. Bar Exam
Loyola Prof. Dane Ciolino has brought two lawsuits on behalf of l.s. grads contesting the grading and content of the La. bar exam. With a 65% July pass rate, Louisiana is one of only three states not using the Multistate.
ALWD to Challenge Bluebook
The Association of Legal Writing Directors, with about 210 members at about 150 U.S. law schools, will publish a rival to the Uniform System of Citations, known popularly as the Bluebook.
Judge Under Fire
for Duquesne Letter
A Pa. Superior Court judge, Maureen Lally-Green, has been accused of violating the judicial ethics code when a letter over her signature was sent to Duquesne L.S. alums requesting campaign contributions.
Resigns Texas Deanship
Prof. M. Michael Sharlot, who has headed the U. of Texas L.S. for five years, announced he will step down as dean to return to teaching. Texas was recently ranked first in the nation for its Hispanic enrollment, faculty, and services.
Mich. State May Open 2d Law School
Michigan State, which moved the Detroit College of Law to East Lansing under the MSU name, may open in Grand Rapids MSU's second Michigan law school.
So. Texas Fights
to Retain Affiliation
South Texas College of Law and Texas A&M are taking their fight to the U.S. Court of Appeals, after the Texas S.Ct. denied a stay permitting the two schools to continue their affiliation.
Florida Rejects 2
New Law Schools
Florida's regents have rejected bids by F.I.U. and Fla. A&M to open low-cost, public law schools. The schools had planned to increase minority enrollments.
Harvard to Teach
Harvard L.S. will offer its first course in animal rights, to be taught by Adjunct Prof. Steven M. Wise. Wise had taught a similar course at Vermont L.S. and Chicago's John Marshall L.S.
Abrams to Head
Roger Abrams, ex-dean of Rutgers-Newark and Nova law schools, has been named dean of Northeastern L.S. Abrams is a graduate of Cornell and Harvard.
Star U. of Texas
L.S. Prof Boalts
Mark Lemley, 32, the high tech/Internet guru at U. of Texas L.S., has resigned to join the faculty of Berkeley's Boalt Hall, his alma mater
Stanford President to
Will Teach Con Law Instead
Gerhard Casper, 61, the President of Stanford since 1992 and the former dean of the U. of Chicago L.S., will step down, take a sabbatical, and then teach Constitutional Law at Stanford L.S.
Albany, Touro Lead New York
In Percentage Gain in Applicants
Albany L.S. had N.Y.'s largest percentage gain in 1999 applicants with 19.3, followed by Touro with 18.3. Other N.Y. schools: Brooklyn, 13.7; Syracuse, 13.5; Fordham, 13; NYLS, 7.2; Columbia, 6.9; Cornell, 6.8; Cardozo, 5.3; Hofstra, 3.3; CUNY, 2.4; NYU, 0; Pace, 0; St.John's, 0; Buffalo, -2.9.
Wesleyan Wins ABA Approval
Texas Wesleyan School of Law, with 550 full- and part-time students, and the only law school in Ft. Worth, has won the coveted ABA accreditation.
5 Female Florida
Profs Quit in Protest
Five of the nine tenured or tenure-tracked female profs at Florida State have resigned, charging the Tallahassee law school with race and gender discrimination, hostile environment, retaliation, and harassment.
Cooley Tops on
'98 Michigan Bar Exam
Thomas Cooley L.S. bested all other Michigan law schools on the Feb. 1998 Michigan bar exam. Pass rates: Cooley 76%, Wayne State 74%, U.Michigan 67%, DCL 60%, U.of Detroit 46%.
Boalt Hall's Jennings Dies
Richard W. Jennings, 91, a professor emeritus at Berkeley's Boalt Hall and a major figure in securities law, died on Aug. 9 after a brief illness.
West Loses Supreme Court Appeal,
In Victory for Lexis-Nexis, HyperLaw
West Publishing, the Canadian-owned legal publisher, lost its appeal when the U.S. Supreme Court, without comment, let stand two Appeals Court decisions allowing West's competitors, including HyperLaw and Lexis-Nexis sister company Matthew Bender, to use West's pagination and to copy public-domain cases from West books.
Georgia Law School
In a tie vote, the Council on Legal Education of the ABA has denied provisional accreditation to Georgia's John Marshall LS, criticizing the school's students, staff, finances, and library.
US News May Re-rank Schools
Seven of the top 25 law schools submitted much more favorable student/faculty ratios to US News than were calculated by the ABA, which might result in a recalculation of rankings, according to the National Law Journal. The schools are: Yale, Penn, Chicago, Iowa, Minnesota, NYU, and Northwestern.
N.J. Misgrades 83 Bar Exams
A computer error on the Feb. 1999 N.J. Bar Exam affected 83 scores, changing three results from fail to pass and 13 results from pass to fail, after candidates had been incorrectly notified.
Lee E. Teitelbaum, the former dean of the U. of Utah College of Law, has been named dean of the Cornell Law School, succeeding interim dean Charles W. Wolfram. An expert on family law, Teitelbaum is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
School to Reopen
St Thomas LS, unrelated to like-named Fla. school, will reopen in Minneapolis in 2001. The Catholic school had closed in 1933 because of the Depression.
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Former HLS Prof
Vern Countryman, a retired prof emeritus at Harvard, died May 2 at age 81. An authority on commercial law, Countryman had taught at Yale and had been dean of U. of New Mexico LS.
UConn Prof to Head
U.Conn. Prof. John C. Brittain, who argued landmark Sheff v. O'Neill school desegregation case, has been named dean of Thurgood Marshall, the Houston law school of Texas Southern Univ. Brittain, a '69 Howard LS grad, formerly headed the Nat'l Lawyers Guild.
New Ann Arbor Law School
Hires Bork, Dean Dobranski
The U. of Michigan will have a neighbor as Ave Maria School of Law, funded with $50 million by the founder of Domino's Pizza, opens in Fall, 2000. Bernard Dobranksi, dean of D.C.'s Catholic LS, and former dean of U of Detroit LS, will be dean. Former U.S. Solicitor General and S.Ct. nominee Robert H. Bork will teach for the Roman Catholic school.
West Group Revenues
And Thomson Profits Triple
Thomson Corp., the Canadian parent of West Group, announced sales of $6.27 billion in 1998 and net income of $1.82 billion, up from $550 million in 1997. Thomson said: "West Group achieved strong growth in both new and renewal revenue, particularly as a result of online-product performance."
Yale No. 1; Harvard, Stanford 2d;
NYU Tops Columbia, Says USNews
The annual, controversial law school rankings by U.S. News have hit the stands. Among the top 10 are Yale, Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Columbia, Chicago, Virginia, Duke, Michigan, and Cornell.
Arizona, Temple Law
Renamed, Causing Protests
Amid student and alumni protests, Temple L.S. has been renamed James E. Beasley School of Law, U. of Florida L.S. has been renamed Levin College of Law, and U. of Arizona L.S. has been renamed James E. Rogers School of Law, after major donors.
Notre Dame Prof
to Head B.C.
Con law scholar John H. Garvey, a Harvard L.S. grad, has been named dean of Boston College L.S. The Boston Globe said Garvey was named "after a long and frustrating search that began when the former dean was forced out" and two other candidates fell through "at the last minute."
Milton S. Gould Dies at 89
Milton S. Gould, the famed litigator who taught trial techniques at Cornell Law School and who once fired Marilyn Monroe, died in his sleep on March 21. He was a partner in, and a founder of, the erstwhile powerhouse firm of Shea & Gould.
Barry U. Buys Orlando
Barry University, which has 14 campuses throughout Florida, has completed its purchase of 3-year-old U. of Orlando Law School. The new name is Barry University of Orlando School of Law.
Golden Gate Prexy Resigns
Thomas Stauffer has resigned as head of Golden Gate U. amid faculty concern that he could jeopardize the law school's ABA accreditation.
Prof. Kathleen Sullivan, a graduate of Cornell, Oxford, and Harvard, has been named dean of Stanford Law School. The con law scholar will be the first female dean of any school at Stanford.
Daube Dies at 90
Legal historian Prof. David Daube, an authority on Talmudic, Biblical, and Roman Law, died on Feb. 24 in Pleasant Hill, Calif. He had retired in 1981 after 11 years as professor-in-residence at Boalt.
A record 3,600 law school graduates failed the Summer '98 California bar exam, as the pass rate dropped more than 10 percentage points to 52.5%.
So. Texas Wins
South Texas College of Law bested a team from U. of Texas to win the National Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the New York City Bar Ass'n and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Meanwhile, U. of Dayton School of Law won the National Environmental Moot Court Competition held at Salmon P. Chase Law School in Kentucky. Dayton won best brief (respondent) and best oralist. U. of Cincinnati won best brief (petitioner).
Wellington to Resign
Prof. Harry H. Wellington, the former dean of Yale Law School, will resign the deanship of New York Law School next year. Wellington became NYLS dean in 1992 after 36 years at Yale.
N'eastern, St. Mary's
Share $2 Million in Soros Funding
CUNY, U. of Maryland, Northeastern, and St. Mary's law schools will share a $2 million grant from a philanthropy funded by financier George Soros.
N.Y. Post Says: Close CUNY
The N.Y. Post has urged N.Y. to close the state's only downstate public law school: "When it comes to academic mediocrity--no, make that nonfeasance--it's hard to top CUNY Law School. Even potential students have caught on to the fraud. It has no admissions standards worthy of the name; its curriculum is laughable, and it demands relatively nothing of its students academically. It might be more useful to put a match to $10 million than to give it to CUNY. That might provide a little heat and light, at least, which is more than you can say for the school."
Deutsch to Head
Prof. Stuart L. Deutsch, assoc. dean at Chicago Kent College of Law, has been named the ninth dean of Rutgers Law School in Newark, N.J. Deutsch is a graduate of Michigan, Yale, and Harvard.
Miller to Teach for
Concord Law School
Harvard Law School Prof. Arthur R. Miller will teach civil procedure for the new, online, Los Angeles-based law school run by Kaplan Education, the nation's largest LSAT preparer.
W. Page Keeton
Dies at 89
Tort authority W. Page Keeton, former dean of U of Texas Law School and noted casebook author, died Jan. 10 in Austin. He was 89.
Shepard's Now Lexis-Nexis
You can no longer Shepardize on Westlaw. West Group rival Lexis-Nexis, owner of the venerable Shepard's Citations, did not renew its Westlaw contract, and made Shepard's a Lexis on-line exclusive. Westlaw users still have West's new Keycite citator.
New Deans: Daniel R. Fischel, U. of Chicago Law School. Fischel is a graduate of Cornell, Brown, and Chicago LS. Eric Neisser, acting dean of Rutgers-Newark LS, has been named dean of Franklin Pierce. Neisser is a graduate of Yale LS and the U. of Chicago. Symeon Symeonides, educated in Greece and at Harvard, named dean of Willamette College of Law in Salem, Or.
Compensation for associates continues to soar as New York's Wachtell Lipton announces salary-plus-bonus of $200,000 for new graduates.
Starr to Teach
at NYU Law
Kenneth W. Starr, the independent counsel who withdrew his acceptance of the deanship of Pepperdine Law School, will instead be an adjunct prof at NYU in 1999 and will teach `Current Constitutional Issues,' a one-credit course.
Wallenstein to Head Duke Center
Stephen M. Wallenstein has been named executive director of Duke Law School's new Global Capital Markets Center. A former attorney with the World Bank, Wallenstein is a graduate of Yale LS, Cornell, and Harvard.
State Limits Tulane Law Clinic
Louisiana's Supreme Court has adopted new rules restricting law students' ability to practice law, after challenge by business groups and La. governor to Tulane's environmental successes.
Kaplan Launches For-Profit Law School
Kaplan Educational Centers, the test-prep subsidiary of the Washington Post Co., has announced a new degree-granting law school, offered on-line with tuition less than $5,000 per year. Kaplan said graduates will qualify for the Calif. bar exam. Dean of the law school is Jack Goetz, 45, formerly exec. v.p. of West Bar Review, a subsidiary of West Group that had enrolled more than 30,000 students when West closed it in 1997.
California Bar Exam Pass Rate
Drops to 39.99% for Winter '98
The pass rate on California's Feb. '98 bar exam dropped to 39.99%. Of 3,896 first-time takers and repeaters, 2,338 failed and only 1,558 passed. The pass rate in '97 was 48.8%. The Winter '98 pass rate for the Calif. attorney's exam also dropped, to 54.6%. The pass rate was 69.1% in Winter '97.
MPRE Changes Announced
The Multistate Professional Responsiblity Exam will change in 1999. The ABA Model Code will no longer be testable, and the ABA Code of Judicial Conduct will be reduced in weight. A few questions will now test malpractice and the "law of lawyering."
8 Law School Deans
Fired in 1998
At least eight deans were asked to leave last year. They include Rudolph Hasl (St. John's), Michael Gerhardt (Case Western), Peter M. Shane (Pitt), Aviam Soifer (BC), Samuel Thompson, Jr. (Miami), Barbara Aldave (St. Mary's), Roger Abrams (Rutgers-Newark), and Judith Areen (Georgetown). After protests, Dean Areen's tenure was extended.
Winter N.Y. Bar Exam Pass Rate Drops
The NY Bar Exam pass rate dropped to 47.9 per cent on the Feb. 1998 exam, down from 51.4 per cent on the Feb. 1997 exam and 55.8 per cent on the Feb. 1996 exam. Of the 2,979 candidates who took the 1998 exam, 1,552 failed.
Meanwhile, the NY Ct of Appeals has relaxed the academic requirements for out-of-state applicants to qualify to take the state bar exam and eased the process by which out-of-state lawyers, after 5 years, can "waive in" to the NY bar, without taking the NY exam.
Bar Exam Format
The New Jersey Bar Exam will include the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) beginning in 1999. The new grading balance will be 35% MBE, 10% MPT, and 55% Essay.
Deaths: Prof. William L. Lamey, former dean of Loyola-Chicago School of Law, died Dec. 27at home in Glenview, Ill. He was 84. Columbia Law Prof. Curtis Jay Berger, a specialist in urban affairs and former head of the AALS, died July 6 in Manhattan. A Yale Law grad, Berger was 72. Former Northwestern Prof. Fred E. Inbau, a noted scholar and criminologist, died May 25, 1998, in Chicago. A graduate of Tulane LS, Inbau was 89. Yale Law School Prof. Emeritus Myles Smith McDougal, an authority on intern'l law and author of 6 major treatises, died May 7, 1998, after a long illness. Born in 1906, McDougal, a Rhodes scholar, had also taught at NY LS.
$4 Million Naming Gift
"We had a $4 million gift and lost it because of the inept management of this university," former Rutgers-Newark LS dean Roger Abrams was quoted in the Newark Star-Ledger. Alum Bernard Yudowitz will instead give millions to Cornell, his undergrad alma mater.
LSAT Prep Courses
At Rate Almost That of Whites
A study by the Law School Admission Council shows 28% of African-Americans, 31% of whites, 35% of Mexican-Americans, 38% of Hispanics, and 36% of Asian-Americans take a commercial LSAT prep course. March Wall Street Journal article had indicated greater disparity between blacks and whites.
Texas Law Grads
Some U of Texas LS alumni and students say placement office "fails to serve most of the law school's students." This follows US News dropping Texas from 18th to 29th place in 1998, citing alleged placement weakness. UT dean Mike Sharlot has challenged rankings.
Lynn to Head
Interim Dean Richardson Lynn is named dean of Pepperdine Law School, after disclosure that Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr had declined post.
Kentucky Dean David E. Shipley, a '75 U of Chicago LS grad, is named dean of U of Georgia School of Law.
Law School Applicants Increase
In a reversal of 7 consecutive down years, the number of persons applying to law school this year increased by 1.7% over 1997 figures, according to a report from the Law School Admission Council.
U.Chicago Tops With Big Firms
American Lawyer lists law schools, adjusted for size, most popular with top 100 firms in 1st-year recruiting: 1 U. Chicago. 2 NYU. 3 Columbia. 4 Harvard. 5 Yale. 6 Penn. 7 Stanford. 8 Duke. 9 Northwestern. 10 Cornell.
Law School Enrollments Shrink;
Minorities Decline; Women Up
Law school enrollments dropped again, off 2.1% in 1997, with the number of minority students dropping 2.7%, according to the ABA. The number of female students increased by 7.
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Lawyers May Bypass Wash. Bar Exam
Washington State plan will allow attorneys to practice in corp. law dep'ts without taking and passing state bar exam, effective Sept. 1. This is similar to "limited licenses," without bar exam, permitted by Florida, Missouri, Kansas, and Idaho. Other states may follow.
NY, California Publish Exam Results Online
You can now get NY Bar results before those envelopes arrive in the mail. The listings, and past NY bar exams, are at www.nybarexam.org. California results are at www.calbar.org.
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