June 12, 2011 |
Four months nearly to the day after Villanova University disclosed its law school had inflated grade-point averages and other admissions data, seemingly to improve its ranking in the pernicious yet all-too-closely followed U.S. News & World Report survey, the university appears to have settled on a communications strategy. And that would be to say nothing. Neither law school dean John Gotanda, who took over in January after the falsifying of data had ended, nor university spokesman Jonathan Gust is returning phone calls on this one. Although the disclosure deeply shamed the university and set off a wave of campus anxiety, Villanova has decided the most comfortable course of action is to, in a public-relations and marketing sense, plead the fifth.
September 2, 2011 |
As a Washington reporter for The Inquirer during the tumultuous years of the President Bill Clinton impeachment proceedings and, later, the 9/11 attacks and the war in Iraq, I certainly knew of Jerome J. Shestack, the prominent Philadelphia lawyer who died Aug. 18 at age 88. He had been the American Bar Association president in 1997 and 1998, and earlier had sat on the ABA screening committee that split on the U.S. Supreme Court nomination of...
September 19, 2010 |
It would appear that all's quiet on the western front. For law firms, the devastation that swept through the legal marketplace in 2008 and 2009 has come to an end. Layoffs have stopped or at least have been sharply curtailed, firms that suspended hiring are recruiting once again, and profits, though flat or down, have stabilized at numbers that would make average middle-class American wage earners click their heels with delight. Even the sky-high starting salaries for first-year lawyers, long the source of client frustration and complaints, appear to have come through largely unscathed.
July 23, 2012 |
When the legal markets imploded in 2008, and law firms started to ratchet back on hiring first-year associates and filling summer classes, it wasn't at all apparent that law schools, too, would need to tighten their belts. Some law-school administrators bravely claimed that while it was true there were fewer legal jobs, the potential uses of a law degree were so varied that graduates would find a way to land somewhere. There was, at the same time, the hope that the job-market troubles would be temporary, that the economy would revive and things would return to normal.
December 28, 2011 |
It has been almost two months since Philadelphia lawyer Michael Kwasnik was charged with stealing more than $1 million from an elderly Cherry Hill widow and accused in a lawsuit by New Jersey Attorney General Paula Dow of running a Ponzi scheme that bilked investors of many millions more. What comes through most from conversations with the people in the New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics is just how satisfied they are with the way they have handled this matter. Kwasnik, according to the agency's own records, has been on its radar since at least 2006, with multiple allegations of fraud and misconduct.
November 1, 2010 |
Stephen G. Breyer is acutely, perhaps painfully, aware that the Supreme Court is the weakest branch of government. It has no police force or army, nor can it get its way by funding someone's favorite program - or putting it on the chopping block. It has only the force of its own legal reasoning and precious reserves of credibility with citizens it earns over generations by often, although not always, correctly resolving the most divisive disputes facing society. "It is the weakest branch of government, no purse, no sword - and obscure," says Breyer, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1994.
May 27, 1993 |
If I didn't know Lani Guinier, the University of Pennsylvania Law professor who is President Clinton's nominee to head the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, and I based my opinion of her on what has been written about her since her nomination, I would think that she was an irrational, racial separatist with radical and revolutionary leanings. I would think she is hellbent on overthrowing our democratic process. She has been characterized as a "quota queen," as a person who is outside of mainstream America.
April 20, 2013 |
C. Clark Hodgson Jr., 73, of Center City, a lawyer who spent more than 40 years in private practice, died Monday, April 15, of cancer at his home. Mr. Hodgson, who specialized in commercial and securities litigation, was former chairman and senior partner at the law firm of Stradley, Ronon, Stevens & Young, where his father, C. Clark Sr., also had been a partner. In 1987, Mr. Hodgson successfully defended Shearson Lehman Bros. Inc., then the nation's third-largest brokerage, in a federal criminal jury trial in Philadelphia against charges of conspiring to launder more than $1.1 million in illegal gambling profits.
May 7, 2013 |
Jeffrey Rosen, a professor of law at George Washington University, legal-affairs editor for the New Republic, and a fellow at the Brookings Institute, has been named president and chief executive of the National Constitution Center, according to NCC officials. In making the announcement Monday, Jeb Bush, the center's chairman, praised Rosen as "a constitutional scholar, journalist, and an educator. " Rosen was an adviser during the planning of the center, which opened on the July Fourth weekend in 2003, and served as a visiting scholar throughout that summer.
March 2, 2002 |
Esther F. Giaccio Clark, 72, of Wallingford, a criminal-defense lawyer, law professor, and the first female president of the Delaware County Bar Association, died of cancer Wednesday at Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia. Mrs. Clark was once voted "Man of the Year" by the Lawyers Club of Delaware County, a distinction, colleagues say, that reflects not only the club's 1980s sensibilities, but also Mrs. Clark's toughness as a lawyer and a career marked by firsts. Mrs. Clark worked for $40 a day as a public defender in Chester during the 1960s.