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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Tweedle-Dumb and Tweedle-Dumber

At around 7:00pm EST, the Naples News updated their previous story that we linked to on Fumare. It is within that update that new quotes from our illustrious Dean and Alumni Board President are included. Consider this from the Alumni Board President:

Alumni Association Board President Alex Vernon said the released statement doesn’t reflect the opinion of everyone on the board.

Vernon said the decision to relocate is in the best long-term interest of the school.


Very interesting that he makes the conclusion that relocation is in the best long-term interests of the law school. Perhaps he had a change of heart and read the Falvey Report after all. I can only assume that he did, given that a full and informed opinion on the matter would consider all evidence at one's disposal. I assume that his scruples were put to rest, in order to be very candid about his judgment on the matter. I will ignore the fact that he obviously knew of this decision prior to today and did not bother to communicate this to the rest of the Alumni Board--his colleagues. I will also ignore the fact that he knew--or should have known--that the powers that be would utilize him in his capacity as Alumni Board President to make the statements that he did today in front of the media. Finally, I will ignore the fact of his implicit concession that support of the law school = doing the Dean's and the Board's bidding. His actions speak loud and clear and in contradiction to--as it is reported to me--at least 9 members of Alumni Board. What explains this? Perhaps, he is beholden to the administration for some reason.

Now consider the wisdom of Bernard Dobranski in response to the Alumni Board's statement today:

Dobranski said the school of law isn’t under investigation. The school received full accreditation from the American Bar Association in August 2005 after five years of lobbying.

Tell it to the ABA, Bernie! Not an investigation? Excuse moi..."inquiry." Semantics my good fellow. The fact of the matter is that some faculty filed a complaint. You responded--and under ABA rules, the burden of proof is on you to demonstrate that school's governance is in compliance with the ABA standards. In the event that it is not, the ABA sends an investigator. This is where AMSL is at. Yet, the Board decided this anyway in the midst of this situation--possibly violating yet another standard (see below). Sorry, Sir, we don't buy crazy here.

I suppose that we'll let the Carol(e)s defend their husbands.

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