Archive for April, 2010

AM Law Daily: Welcome to the Future: Are Law Schools “Beached”?

Welcome to the Future: Are Law Schools “Beached”?                                                                                         April 10, 2010

The best part of this article is this statement: “Simply put, whereas medical and other professional schools generally train students in the context of the world they’re about to enter, law schools have almost created an “anticontext,” a world divorced from client reality.”

The field of law existed for how many hundreds of years and it took from 2010 for people to realize it?  Then again the practice of law was originally on par with what many are exhorting as ‘reform’ that is bringing bag the type of apprenticeship practice. At some point in history the legal field changed to nearly anecdotal academic exercise with smatterings of realistic legal teaching.  Of course members of the legal community knew this for decades, but only until money isn’t falling into the pockets of the expected “well-deserved” elite does it make headline news. Similar to the banking and housing collapse, evidence continued to mount, signs were becoming more and more manifest but ignored. Either those in authoritative and managing aspect of the industry assumed that if enough marketing and advertising materials continued to state otherwise it would buy them time to fix it or many were actually delusional to think the current state of the legal field was in a temporary regression but would rise again, with no plan, no actual use of collaborative intelligence or honesty. The legal field is floundering like a beached whale but I doubt if it wasn’t being monitored before the collapse of the industry…the next step; it appears people have some ideas but either are stifled, ruined by student loans, or already view the legal field for the most part as permanently dismantled.

Black Unemployment: “I Have Mine and You Have Yours to Get”

“I Have Mine and You Have Yours to Get.” This is the mentality of many Americans, but I find it significant among black Americans. Excluding the black upperclass, I notice a difference in the recruiting, networking and effort of minorities to help one another. This is likely due to several factors: 1) as in previous posts, “Blacks” have been disproportionately excluded from advancement in this country: municipal slavery, Black Codes, Jim Crow, institutionalized racism, ebbs and flow in the overall economy, difficulty in assimilating despite education advancement; 2) Blacks are reluctant to help one another, many are of the persuasion that they worked so hard to advance that if they recommend the wrong black person their job/job prospects will be damaged 3) Wealth: Those blacks who are wealthy see no purpose in helping middle class blacks, as it is ‘not their problem,’ so long as they can attend their 100 Black Men Meetings, Links Club meetings, send their children to ‘Jack and Jill’ and boat the existence of their fellow human beings suffering is of no consequence. As many of these wealthy blacks embody this mentality, on the rare, such as the former owner Bob Johnson who sold BET several years ago as he was satiated with the stereotype and redundancy of the music business. He started BJI Industries with the portfolio of seeking highly skilled black businessmen and women.

As various persons (Congressional Black Caucus, lawmakers) mail the U.S. President for resolution to the hardest hit population of the current economic crisis-Black Americans, it is a mystery whether an answer will be in the affirmative. The following are more stories concerning black unemployment:

Obama lobbied on black unemployment, immigration, March 11, 2010,

DR. BOYCE: Obama Needs To Fix The Black Jobs Situation,  April 5, 2010, News One

Obama ignores black joblessness at his own peril, April 06, 2010,
White Unemployment Goes Down as Black Unemployment Goes Up: Experts Explain Why, April 7, 2010, The Seattle Medium:
Was the recession more difficult for state’s people of color?, April 7, 2010,
This may be an opportunity for professional blacks to do what working class blacks did in the early 1900s when shut out of the greater society, create one’s one opportunities and reciprocate for the fellow man who suffers from the same trial.

A Slightly Somber Note

Well, I haven’t posted in a short while. As the reality of the legal industry seems to burrow in my brain like cystic tumor which is nearly impossible to remove even by the most skilled, I have beeen contemplating next steps. There are no easy answers. I noticed JD Underdog has come to terms with leaving the legal field.

The problem is, most fields aren’t doing that much better–which is why people STILL are fleeing to law school as an economic refuge. It is highly ironic to bear tens of thousands of dollars where there is no job awaiting in the vastly oversaturated legal field as a ‘good idea.’ Anyway, I digress. I wonder if things are truly over. Readers what have you been doing to survive, maneuver through or leave the legal field, I guess in some ways many people are forced out…

That’s what’s been going on, attempting not to be crushed by some stark realities. Of course everything is not about career…but in terms of this blog it is!