U.S. War on Arizona Escalates: Feds Say Arizona Violates Rights of its ELL Students

Arizona Republic:  “Two federal investigations have concluded that Arizona is violating the 1964 Civil Rights Act by shortchanging thousands of students whose first language is not English.  Unless remedied, the violations could lead to a loss of federal funding for education in Arizona.”

See also “Feds probing bias claims against Arizona’s non-native English speaking teachers” and “Arizona agency defends English-language teacher scrutiny.”

By |September 10th, 2010|General|0 Comments|

Law School Employment Data Under Fire

A National Jurist story examines the omission, misrepresentation and manipulation of some law schools’ law grad work statistics.  The story says:

“U.S. News changes rankings to avoid manipulation over employment data.  But critics argue that the data is ‘junk’ to begin with and change is needed.  ‘It’s clear that more law schools have decided whether to report their graduation employment based on how their actual percentage will compare to the estimate U.S. News will make for them,’ wrote Robert Morse [Director of Data Research at U.S. News]  . . .  . Morse said that 74 law schools did not report their at-graduation employment, up from 38 … in 2005.”

By |September 7th, 2010|Law School Reality|0 Comments|

LA County Now Spending $1.6 Billion a Year on Just 3 Illegal Immigration Costs

The Los Angeles Times reports that Los Angeles County is now spending $1.6 billion a year on only three illegal immigration items:

  • $600 million a year for welfare and food stamps for children of US citizenship being raised by parents who are illegal aliens
  • $500 million a year on healthcare for illegals
  • $550 million a year on public safety costs, mostly the costs to jail criminals who are illegal aliens.

A Pew Center study found that 2.7 million children of illegal alien parents were born into U.S. citizenship in 2003, but the number rose to 4 million in 2007.

Makes one wonder what the total cost to Los Angeles County is for all illegal immigration related expenses.  It’s clear now why LA must oppose Arizona’s illegal immigration law, SB 1070.  If Arizona’s law were to go into effect, the law would cause a big increase in illegals moving into LA County instead of going to Arizona.  The result would mean the broke county would have to pay many more millions to support the increase in its illegal immigrant population.

By |September 6th, 2010|General|0 Comments|

Man Sues Arizona DPS After He Had a Romance with Director’s Daughter & Was Fired

Arizona Republic:  “A dismissed Department of Public Safety officer [named Geoff Jacobs sued DPS and] alleges he lost his job after his romance with the daughter of DPS Director Robert Halliday went badly.”

By |September 6th, 2010|Arizona Litigation|0 Comments|

Does Your Hotel Have or Did It Previously Have Bedbugs?

Bedbugs are infesting America and its hotels and motels.  Before you book a room, you may want to check the bedbug registry to see if anybody has reported a problem at place where you intend to stay.  For an in depth story on bedbugs in the U.S., see the New York Times story “They Crawl, They Bite, They Baffle Scientists.”  See also a September 4, 2010, editorial in the New York Times called “In Search of a Bedbug Solution.”

“Don’t be too quick to dismiss the common bedbug as merely a pestiferous six-legged blood-sucker.”

USA Today has a bedbug story called “Bedbugs bite pop singer Lauren Hildebrandt in NYC luxury hotel.”  See also “The bedbug can breathe easy in Ohio; Feds won’t OK bedbug killer,” “Letting the Bedbugs Bite” and “Bedbug fighters pleading for help,” which states:

“governments have been reluctant to treat the pests as a public problem.  ‘The response is just totally inadequate,’ said Susan Jones, an Ohio State University entomologist and member of the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force. ‘There has been so little done’.”

By |September 6th, 2010|General|0 Comments|

Back to School?

Roger Simon, author of a critique of higher education called “Tenured Radicals” has a post about the upcoming burst of the higher education bubble.  Four years at America’s so-called “top colleges” (Harvard, Yale & Princeton) now cost over $200,000 in tuition alone.  Add room, board, books and incidentals and the total for four years at these schools is $250,000 – $300,000.  How is it possible that schools can charge such high tuition and why are there suckers parents and students willing to pay such outrageous amounts?

“the housing bubble resulted from about a 4-time increase in home prices between 1978 and 2006, and college tuition has now increased by more than twice that amount since 1978 —  it’s gone up by more than a factor of ten times.”

See also Michael Baron’s story in the Washington Examiner called “Higher education bubble poised to burst.”

By |September 6th, 2010|Law School Reality|0 Comments|

Public Support Tests – Public Charities: An Update

Nonprofit Law Blog:  “Satisfaction of one of the public support tests under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code is one way that an organization can qualify as a public charity rather than a private foundation. . . . There is an alternative and different “one-third support test” under Section 509(a)(2) for organizations seeking public charity status under this Section.”

By |September 5th, 2010|Nonprofit Corporations|0 Comments|

A Shocking Lawsuit: 18 Year Old Acting on a Dare Attached Electrical Lines to His Nipples Shocked When He was Shocked Now Sues School & Teacher

Boston Herald:  “The family of the Dover High School student shocked in his electrical trades class last school year has filed a lawsuit alleging negligence on the parts of the teacher, school district and City of Dover.”

Are Law School Faculties Part of the Problem with Legal Education?

Wall St. Journal:  “It’s often struck us as an obvious question: how can law schools provide better real-world training to students when their faculties are made up of article-writing academics? The answer: they can’t, at least according to a new article called “Preaching What They Don’t Practice: Why Law Faculties’ Preoccupation with Impractical Scholarship and Devaluation of Practical Competencies Obstruct Reform in the Legal Academy.”  Here’s the abstract of the article:

“In response to decades of complaints that American law schools have failed to prepare students to practice law, several prominent and respected authorities on legal education, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, recently have proposed significant curricular and pedagogical changes in order to bring American legal education into the twenty-first century. It will not be possible to implement such proposed curricular and pedagogical reforms if law schools continue their trend of primarily hiring and promoting tenure-track faculty members whose primary mission is to produce theoretical, increasingly interdisciplinary scholarship for law reviews rather than prepare students to practice law. Such impractical scholars, because they have little or no experience in the legal profession and further because they have been hired primarily to write law review articles rather than primarily to teach, lack the skill set necessary to teach students how to become competent, ethical practitioners. The recent economic recession, which did not spare the legal profession, has made the complaints about American law schools’ failure to prepare law students to enter the legal profession even more compelling; law firms no longer can afford to hire entry-level attorneys who lack the basic skills required to practice law effectively. This essay proposes significant changes in both faculty composition and law reviews aimed at enabling law schools to achieve the worthy goals of reformists such as the Carnegie Foundation. “

The author, Brent Evan Newton, adjunct Georgetown law professor, says:

Especially at law schools in the upper echelons of the U.S. News & World Report rankings, the core of the faculties seem indifferent or even hostile to the concept of law school as a professional school with the primary mission of producing competent practitioners.”

By |September 5th, 2010|Law School Reality|0 Comments|

Suing a School They Loved

New York Times reports on a lawsuit filed by parents of a student of the prestigious Horace Mann School in New York because the school suspended the student for three days when it learned that the boy had pictures on his laptop computer of two topless female students at the school.  The pictures of the topless Horace Mann girls were found by other students who searched the boy’s computer without his knowledge or consent.  Despite the girls giving their pictures to the suspended student voluntarily, the boy was punished and given a black mark on his school record that will affect his applications for colleges.