Arrogance was just one ingredient—but a crucial one—in the trouble at Hawaii’s powerful Bishop Estate. It finally boiled over in 1999, when all five trustees were removed from office after the Internal Revenue Service threatened to strip the estate of its status as a tax-free charitable organization.No one was ever convicted of wrongdoing. In fact, the trustees continue to deny they did anything that wasn’t in the best interest of the Bishop Estate. But for years, the trustees—all well-connected members of Hawaii’s tight-knit power structure—had run Bishop Estate as their own fiefdom. Though they paid themselves $1 million each, they had no job descriptions, no agreed-upon objectives, no annual reviews, no staff executive and no oversight to speak of.Our 2006 book, Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement and Political Manipulation at America’s Largest Charitable Trust, chronicled the controversies that have swirled around the Bishop … [Read more...] about Erosion of Trust
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Criticism over plans to change questionnaire rules for law school-funded employment—which some legal education critics say would negate all recent action for transparency—has led to the council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar on Friday referring the matter to the Standards Review Committee for its October meeting. memo (PDF) the council received from Barry Currier, the ABA’s managing director of accreditation and legal education, and Bill Adams, the deputy managing director of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.The council adopted the revisions at its May meeting, forgoing an assessment from the Standards Review Committee. A memo (PDF) from council member Paul Mahoney, a professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, led to the revisions. Criticism came after the council posted details about the revisions last week, and Gregory G. Murphy, a Montana lawyer who chairs of the council, announced … [Read more...] about After transparency criticism, ABA law school employment questionnaire revisions postponed
Editor’s Note:When this article was posted online on December 12, 2007, it was titled “Lawyers of the Year 2007 and 2008.” The article defined that term as the year’s biggest legal newsmaker, identifying former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales as the major newsmaker of 2007. The Journal regrets that we did not make this theme clear.We appreciate the feedback we’ve received, and we’re acting on it. So that there can be no confusion, the term “Lawyers of the Year” has been changed in the headline and story to “Newsmakers of the Year.” The story is otherwise unchanged from its original version.This article, like all in the Journal, is the work of the magazine’s editorial staff. As is the magazine’s practice, it was not reviewed by the Journal’s volunteer Board of Editors, the ABA’s Board of Governors, or its officers, prior to publication. The Journal will continue to strive to provide high … [Read more...] about Newsmakers of the Year 2007 and 2008
Podcast TranscriptRachel M. Zahorsky: The impact of federal loan programs in relation to the massive debt of legal grads and their dim prospects for repayment is a critical issue for the legal profession as it continues to navigate changing dynamics, or paradigm shift.I’m Rachel Zahorsky of the ABA Journal, and today I’m joined by Deans Craig Boise of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University, Paul McGreal of the University of Dayton School of Law, and Washington University law professor Brian Tamanaha, author of the forthcoming book Failing Law Schools.We’ll explore the merits of the Law School Bubble story, examine any dissenting views, and hopefully continue the thought-provoking discussion fueled by the nearly 200 commentors on the piece on ABAJournal.com.Dean McGreal, would you like to begin today’s discussion with your thoughts on the consequences of a law school bubble and ways law schools can combat the situation?Paul E. McGreal: … [Read more...] about Law Deans and a Law Professor Respond to the ‘Law School Bubble’
In a debate today at Widener University Law School, Republican U.S. Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell of Delaware disagreed with her opponent that there might be something expressly unconstitutional about teaching creationism in public schools.“Where in the Constitution is separation of church and state?” O’Donnell asked.Later, her Democratic opponent Chris Coons, a Yale Law School graduate, stated that the First Amendment establishes that the federal government shall not establish any religion.“You’re telling me the separation of church and state is found in the First Amendment?” O’Donnell asked in reponse.Widener constitutional law professor Erin Daly told the Washington Post that while there are some questions about what activities fall under government promotion of religion, there is little debate over whether the First Amendment forbids the government from making laws establishing religion.“She seemed genuinely surprised that … [Read more...] about Senate Candidate: Where in Constitution Is ‘Separation of Church and State’?
The Nominating Committee of the ABA House of Delegates announced in February its candidates to hold the association’s top two leadership posts.The Nominating Committee also announced its choices for 12 seats on the Board of Governors, which oversees the ABA’s administrative operations and addresses certain policy matters between meetings of the policymaking House of Delegates.The House will vote on the nominees in August when it convenes at the 2012 annual meeting in Chicago. The Nominating Committee’s selections are virtually assured of being elected by the House.Under the ABA Constitution, the association’s presidents are not actually elected to that office. Rather, the House elects a candidate—invariably, the choice of the Nominating Committee—to the office of president-elect. After a year, the president-elect automatically becomes ABA president.Accordingly, James R. Silkenat will serve as president-elect after he is formally elected by the House … [Read more...] about ABA Announces Nominations for Two Highest Offices and 12 Board of Governors Seats
Blobs of 300-degree tar hit Koch, 36, on the right side of his face and ear, and adhered to his right arm, causing first- and second-degree burns. The pain was so severe that doctors had to give him several doses of morphine.Koch’s burns eventually healed, but more than a year after the accident, he complained that he continued to feel pain in his right arm, which prevented him from working or helping around the house.He sued his employer, Western Emulsions, for damages, claiming that the nerves beneath his right arm never fully healed, and that he suffered from chronic neuropathic pain. The company’s attorney alleged that Koch was faking.Koch’s lawyer, Roger Strassburg, needed to prove that his client really was in pain. But that was going to be tough. There was no such thing as a pain meter to measure or confirm its existence. Pain is subjective, its sensations and intensity known only to the person experiencing it.“I asked my clients’ chronic pain … [Read more...] about Personal injury lawyers turn to neuroscience to back claims of chronic pain
Has Kenneth Feinberg become such a brand unto himself—at once unique and ubiquitous as the nation’s problem solver—that a truck running over him would end forever the Feinberg Way for mass-dispute resolution? Is he sui generis? Answers vary. Feinberg’s own suffices for the moment. He seems surprised when asked, which is saying a lot given how much press he gets. Feinberg stops fidgeting for brief seconds, suddenly still in a beige leather lounge chair at one end of his long, narrow office in the Willard Office Building, barely more than a block from the White House. A broad smile quickly curls up. “That’s an interesting question,” he says. “No one seems to be doing what I’m doing.”That answer is perhaps more loaded than he intends. The role was created half for him, half by him. Feinberg has become the go-to guy for our national disasters and vexing problems, from Agent Orange to the Dalkon Shield, from the 9/11 fund to the … [Read more...] about Master of Disasters: Is Ken Feinberg Changing the Course of Mass Tort Resolution?
Chief Justice Of India Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar has delivered the convocation address in the fifth Convocation Ceremony at National Law University, Delhi.In his address, Justice Khehar told the graduating students that a lawyer or a law teacher who does not understand or empathise with his or her society, can never be a good lawyer or a good judge or a good law teacher. He also said that “India is free but it is yet to taste the true glory of this freedom”, reminding the audience of lawyers’ duty to the constitution. He encouraged the graduating class to ensure that the country is governed justly, and to “make the people of India attain their glorious future”.The Chancellor of the University Justice Gita Mittal presided over the function. The Vice Chancellor of National Law University, Delhi, Professor (Dr.) Ranbir Singh complimented the faculty and the students for their rich academic contribution. He assured all present that the students of NLU Delhi … [Read more...] about You Must Follow And Defend The Great Traditions Of Advocacy: CJI Khehar Delivers The Fifth NLU-D Convocation Address [Full Text &Video]
Law Faculty, BHU witnessed a historic moment on August 6, 2017 when more than 200 of its alumnus gathered under one roof for the first time in the campus of Law School BHU.The alumni meet workshop started with the inaugural ceremony at 10.00 a.m. Thereafter it was carried forward by Mr. Arvind Kr. Mishra, ADJ, Kanpur district, Prof. S.K. Gupta (Head of Legal Aid and Services Clinic). The famous dignitaries included: Omprakash Srivastava (Chief Information Commissioner, Bihar) Ambika Chaudhary (MLC) B. C Nirmal Siddh Vidya (lawyer, Bombay HC) M. C. Bijawat G.P. Verma Sharmistha Sharma Abha Trivedi D. K. Sharma (Head and Dean of Law School, BHU) Pradeep Rai (Senior advocate,SC) Surabhi Rai (Managing editor of APN channel).The dignitaries were honoured by giving basil plant, rudraksha mala, book, and a momento.Mr. Ambika Choudhary mentioned that BHU is a pilgrimage for him and Law school is its sanctum sanctorum. Mr. Choudhary emphasized on clinical legal education programme … [Read more...] about Law School, Banaras Hindu University: Alumni Meet Workshop held on 6th August, 2017