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Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and an Overlawyered America Hardcover – March 1, 2011
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As such, Walter Olson explains in his new book, Mr. Obama was subjected to an environment of overwhelming leftism.
Democrats outnumber Republicans 28 to 1 on the Stanford law school faculty, 23 to 1 at Columbia, Mr. Olson reports.
Mr. Olson's book describes the various ways that law schools have shaped public policy. Clinics on the law school campuses get involved in political issues. He writes that Yale's Legislative Advocacy Clinic "attempts to move the state of Connecticut toward 'a more progressive agenda in taxing.'" CUNY law school, meanwhile, is "itself a unit of the same New York City government it regularly sues on welfare issues. The website of Fordham's Community Economic Development clinic says it works to "limit gentrification."
Law schools, including professors who profited personally from their work on anti-tobacco litigation, helped shape changes in product liability law. They also helped spawn "public law litigation" suits under which, Mr. Olson recounts, courts "in more than half the states took control of school financing systems" and "took over control of child welfare departments in thirty-five states, prisons in more than forty, and jails in all fifty..... The process thrust courts deeply into management, with reform orders often going on for hundreds of pages specifying such details as the required square footage of prison cells, the wattage of light bulbs, the temperature at which food had to be served, and so forth."
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Maybe Shakespeare was right, "first kill all the lawyers" but unfortunately that is not an option.
In Schools for Misrule: Legal Academia and An Overlawyered America by... Read more
Upon opening this excellent book, I soon found that I couldn't put it down. Overall, this is an outstanding document showcasing the ideological corruption of our law schools and... Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Bernard Chapin
I read this book, then saw the author speak on CSPAN at The Heritage Foundation.
I rate if FAIL (1 star) for good reason. Read more
This is another attempt for a prejudiced person to attempt to polarize the population into "left" and "right" people. WE ARE ALL "AMERICANS" OR AT LEAST "NORTH AMERICANS". Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by John Boland
The author writes in a balanced and often witty manner about law schools and their effect on US Law - and thus on all Americans.