Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne's finest unaccredited law school, offers a Global Law & Leadership Concentration.


(Pondering whether to obtain an Indiana Tech JD with a concentration in Global Law & Leadership)

What did you major in in law school? This question is preposterous to lawyers above a certain age, but maybe not to more recent graduates. Concentrations, specialties, certificate programs-- you know, majors-- are among the well-meaning, but almost certainly useless, reforms that law schools are adopting in response to the crisis in legal education.

Recently-opened Indiana Tech Law School has embraced this reform, consistent with its announced focus on real-world training. Accordingly, the school offers its students their choice of four concentrations: transactional law, international property/technology law, advocacy/dispute resolution, and global law and leadership.

Wait. Global Law and Leadership? 

Yes. If you aspire to world leadership, whether you are a megalomaniac cartoon lab rat or, far less promisingly, a kid with a 143 LSAT score, you definitely should consider obtaining a JD at Indiana Tech in your quest for primacy. As the Indiana Tech Law view book explains, "Enrollment in this concentration will expose you to a wide variety of courses that will prepare you to assume leadership roles in areas such as human rights, international trade, and international litigation."

Here is how to prepare to take your rightful place as a global leader via the innovative training that is only available at Fort Wayne's finest unaccredited law school. 

First, you must lay the foundation for your career as a transformative global leader by mastering seminal theoretical and empirical leadership theories. This three credit hour course should do the trick.
Law 7001, Leadership Theory & Research  
This is a foundational course in the critical analysis of seminal theoretical and empirical leadership theories, research and best practices.  The concepts and dimensions of leadership are evaluated from the early trait and behavioral theories to the more recent theories which emphasize transformational and servant leadership models.  Ethics and morality in leadership decision-making and case studies that examine emerging leadership situations are also analyzed.
After mastering leadership theory, you must develop the effectiveness of your models and modes of leadership. I can think of no better way than taking a course that uses the word “leadership” four times in a three-sentence long course description. 

Law 7005, Global Leadership Development  
From a global perspective, leadership development models are analyzed with a focus on organizational and individual outcomes.  Leadership development practices are evaluated as they relate to and impact the development of intellectual capital, organizational innovation, talent management, succession planning and executive selection criteria. Leadership development programs for expatriates and effective modes of leadership development for different countries and cultures are analyzed.   
Given the horrors perpetrated by world-bestriding conquerors throughout human history, it is a relief to know that you future Indiana Tech Law global masters will be of the socially responsible variety, and adhere to a personal code of ethics appropriate to your grave responsibilities.

        Law 7004, Ethics, Governance & Social Responsibility 
Ethical theories and research are examined, along with professional codes of conduct and best practices for effective ethical leadership in global organizations.  A review of recurring ethical dilemmas results in the development of a personal code of ethics appropriate for global leadership.  The literature and best practices related to the leader’s role in promoting effective governance for a healthy organization along with social responsibility and sustainable development are examined.
Your ethics may be irreproachable, but even so you will be a formidable contender on the global playing field, exhibiting strategic and tactical best practices as you deploy your assets to achieve maximum competitive advantage.

Law 7007, Global Strategic Leadership  
Literature and best practices in the development of strategic initiatives are analyzed with the goal of achieving competitive advantage in the global marketplace.  Qualities of strategic leadership and strategic processes are examined including strategy formation, tactical planning and decision-making throughout the organization, as well as pro-activity in addressing environmental challenges and cultural differences.  Also analyzed are systems-thinking, “Best-in-Class” benchmarking and partnerships, and employee empowerment.
Recall: It is global leadership to which you aspire, the USA being too small a pond for your Indiana Tech nurtured leadership talents. Consequently, you need to understand foreign laws and legal systems and have strategies for dealing with the effects of the differences between the US legal system and every other.  Fortunately, comparative law is an Indiana Tech Global Law and Leadership concentration requirement.

Law 9503, Comparative Law 
This course examines the problems and issues that arise when a lawyer deals with foreign clients, foreign lawyers, or foreign law. It focuses on the differences in substance, procedure, methods and ways of thinking between the United States and other countries, revealing the many ways in which the United States legal system is unique and evaluating the implications of this uniqueness.  The course examines foreign laws and legal institutions and identifies ways in which lawyers can learn about and better understand systems other than their own and develop strategies for dealing with the effects of differences between systems.
An enlightened global leader thinks weighty thoughts about humanity. For instance, the baffled public will appreciate your critical perspective and discourse on the meaning and enforceability of human rights. 

        Law 9502, Human Rights Law
. . .Topics include the debate over the definition of human rights (and whether rights are universal or culturally relative), the basic legal mechanisms for enforcing human rights, and the practical political realities of promoting human rights. The course will also develop critical perspectives on the relationship between human rights ideology and enlightenment values and on whether human rights are a function of international media or international law.
But the most important lesson in becoming a leader, acknowledged across every culture and all historical epochs, is this: Dress for Success. Here too, Indiana Tech law students have the upper-hand. The second issue of the twice-a-year Indiana Tech Law School newspaper states that the school has launched a new inititative called “Law Suits” to offer its students donated used professional attire to boost the students’ wardrobes:
"If you or someone you know has professional clothing or accessories that may be useful to one of our law students, you are encouraged to send your items to the Student Bar Association c/o Indiana Tech Law School, 1600 E. Washington Blvd., Ford Wayne, IN."
So if you encounter somebody striding down the boulevards of Fort Wayne in second-hand sartorial splendor, I suggest you take note: that person may be an Indiana Tech law student on his or her way to the summit of global power.

58 comments:

  1. Excellent take-down.

    This "concentration" is the JD-turned-MBA, nothing more. A blatant attempt to draw the "JD Advantage" crowd into the fold, or make the K-JD types feel like they have options on the other side of graduation, when the student loan checks have been spent.

    And what is up with "Human Rights Law"? Apparently all academics love this stuff, if for no other reason that it is more "interesting" that bogbite law or slip-and-fall law. I can't imagine that people are coming up with new and novel interpreations of Human Rights that are currently being debated in the Hague, however. What more can possibly be really said on this issue that is worlds different from what has been said since the 60s?

    Anyway, back to doing what we do every night, Pinky...keep the lemmings from going to law school!!!

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  2. Imagining The Open ToadSeptember 3, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    "Yes. If you aspire to world leadership, whether you are a megalomaniac cartoon lab rat or, far less promisingly, a kid with a 143 LSAT score, you definitely should consider obtaining a JD at Indiana Tech in your quest for primacy. "

    I'm seriously disappointed in this post for two reasons.

    First, I can't help but thinking that somehow, someway, you should have worked the phrase "leading from the rear" in there close to the mention of the median LSAT.

    Second, I thought I was going to be able to yell "FOIST!", but DNT had to ruin that.

    All in all, a lousy start to the day.

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    1. would have been funnier if youd have said 'lousy start to a lousy day'

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    2. Imagining The Open ToadSeptember 3, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      Dang. Missed that one. OTOH, just proof positive it was a lousy start.

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  3. Imagining... That I'm Larry The Cable GuySeptember 3, 2014 at 7:33 AM

    "Enrollment in this concentration will ... prepare you to assume leadership roles in areas such as human rights, international trade, and international litigation."


    Now that right there's funny, I tell yoooo. I don' care who y'are!

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  4. I would assume that to take your rightful place as a global leader today would be to learn other languages first, not mastering horseshit theoretical and empirical theories.

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    1. Speaking multiple languages hasn't landed me a job, still less made me a "global leader" (whatever that means).

      Old Guy

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  5. Got to admit dybbuk, you have a wonderful wit. That female prof who took you on never had a chance. A child vs a master
    No contest

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    1. Exactly. The female-prof-who-shall-not-be-named-but-everyone-knows-anyway was pretty much the "Angry Studies" kind of LawProf, so anything dybbuk said that was an actual valid critique was going to be ignored or blown out of proportion, because Tenure and Paychecks and Narrative.

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    2. That female prof was practicing racial capitalism at its worst. She had unwisely borrowed large sums of money to acquire the credentials she considered necessary to market her racial identity. Or one of her racial identities, at least. So when her marketing campaign, aka law review articles, got criticized on the basis of content, quality, and scholarship rather than identity, she went berserk to try to incapacitate her most articulate critic. It never occurred to her to write a better article, but that's racial capitalism for you. Competition, criticism, and improvement are strictly forbidden once your identity has been monetized.

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    3. I like that term, 'racial capitalism'. It perfectly ravages the "left" identity these charlatans try to claim. There is nothing more non-left than capitalism.

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  6. Oh my Lord.
    (does a double facepalm).

    I cannot begin to imagine the level of cretinism amongst Indiana Tech's Lemmings. If I lived a little closer to Fort Wayne, I would be tempted to visit their campus, just to get an idea of what a room full of utter morons looks like. I suspect it would be a lot like Chuck E cheese or Pump It Up on a Friday night, except with more alcohol.

    None of these poor, deluded fools has the faintest idea that this curriculum is worse than useless. Indiana Tech Lemmings, you might as well take those federal loan dollars and burn them, because at least they'll keep you warm in the winter.

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    1. Your first 3 words truly say it all.

      (On the other hand, I am in the running for the Sultanate of Brunei, is Indiana Tech for me?)

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  7. "Fort Wayne's finest unaccredited law school"

    Effin' golden. If this dump accepted tuition in Monopoly money you'd still be out your time.

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  8. Perhaps I'm thick as a brick but I fail to understand what those course descriptions even mean. It sounds like word salad to me.

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    1. The Imagining Toad OpenSeptember 3, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      The sheep languished blue trains suffer, but while windows books dogs hands run, and rally run desk making dinner sunglasses menu so folders pile swimming red clouds though sadness, sadness, truly cups coffee printer power outage and the porch steps run come here, even though dogs sleep chicken pencil trees and E-mail purple orange swims blackened and garbage pink composition solely bags speak deodorant.

      Still one can take sharpness filling soda cans with wetness smooth dancing sheep
      despite horse paper handbags skipping forests play together and in worlds with pencils, schools page drink slime, loving living nectar of bees of pollen and butterflies run amok like elephants or children bikes cars sliding or typing while sleeping and running while cat shat over the hills, cloud blue a shelf lay fuschia labels (Ha!) and rash, files are landing lading aiding iding ding in ng, but wall speaks windy hot mess (oooh!) with brightness foresees the rug - that's the rub - whilst dirty slime amidst antiquated hoopla, whoopla, shooplah! they take shirt skirt smirt slam crazy bike tires in afternoon.

      All amongst all, confused working fly, by, and try.

      What I that's think.

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    2. Your word salad is too evocative-- blue trains suffer and red clouds through sadness? That nonsense sounds good. To match Indiana Tech, you've got to string together obnoxious buzzwords.

      The developing counternarrative of innovative, emerging, and transformative concepts and modes of analysis is systematically, sustainably, competitively, and proactively empowering.

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    3. That's what I was thinking when I read the description that was about strategic initiatives for the strategic formation of strategic strategies, or whatever the hell it said.

      But you can bet that there's no shortage of nincompoops who imagine that Global Leaders™ are trained in six-course programs at unaccredited law schools.

      Old Guy

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    4. You guys . . . You are such damn good mockers. I envy.

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    5. Twas bryllyg, and ye slythy toves
      Did gyre and gymble in ye wabe:
      All mimsy were ye borogoves;
      And ye mome raths outgrabe.

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    6. And hast thou slain the doubletalk?
      Come to my arms, my beamish blogger!
      Oh frumbjuos day, callooh, callay!
      They chortled in Fort Wayne!

      OR . . .

      Oh the moonlight's clear tonight along the Maumee,
      From the Dean there come the pleas that you should stay,
      Through the specialties reality is gleaming,
      On the banks of the Maumee far away.

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  9. I could see naive 22-year-olds buying this boncombe but IITLS is mostly filled with non-trads who "should" know better.

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    1. Exactly. While I still facepalm to this day over my own prior decisions re: law school, at least I knew better than to fall for something like Indiana Tech. I can sort-of-see why someone might try this (e.g. go to school at night, family-location obligations) but still...no thank you.

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    2. Honestly duped, attending law school was objectively a bad decision for you, but it allowed you to experience the scam and help other people to avoid it. I feel that there is great and profound meaning in what you did and what you're doing now. You've also proven yourself to be a humane and thoughtful person through this blog. How many lawyers have ever had a chance to prove that about themselves?

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  10. I'm holding out for their specialty in Neo-Rawlsian Hip-Hop.

    Old Guy

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  11. "Enrollment in this concentration will expose you to a wide variety of courses that will prepare you to assume leadership roles in areas such as human rights, international trade, and international litigation." Yeah, and it will also prepare you to assume your place in the unemployment line.

    Old Guy

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    1. Indiana Tech Law OCI

      http://www.snagajob.com/job-search/w-fort+wayne,+in/q-fast+food

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  12. Professional clothing or accessories that may be useful to one of our law students? Well, I think I can part with an apron, a pair of rubber gloves, and some old steel-toed boots. Those should be useful to your law students in their new "JD advantage" positions in "business and industry".

    Old Guy

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  13. "What did you major in in law school? This question is preposterous to lawyers above a certain age, but maybe not to more recent graduates."

    the most ironic part about this is that the median age at Indiana Tech is/was 33 the last time i checked

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  14. The 7001 course descripTTTTTion actually employs the word leadership FIVE times in one paragraph. Apparently, the pigs never heard of a thesaurus. Nor have they heard that using a key word so many times in the span of a few sentences looks idiotic.

    By the way, when will Indiana TTTTTech Law Sewer offer an International Sports Law Leadership major?!?! Perhaps, they feel that a Left-Handed Animal Law Civil Rights seminar is a bigger priority.

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  15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fnmhj58o0k

    Now, imagine if the leader from this Simpsons episode had obtained such academic "credentials" in his field of expertise, from an American law school! Then, he surely would have achieved his dystopian fantasy.

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  16. The absolute turdishness of this school is incapable of being described in words.

    Anyone attending this school is a FUCKING MORON.

    So fucking moronic that I actually hope they stick it out and "graduate" with their "JD"s into a marketplace that laughs at them so they actually realize how fucking stupid they are.

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  17. By the way, how many people are there in this year's entering class at Indiana Tech? Enough for volleyball? bridge? solitaire?

    Old Guy

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    1. 30. (Last year's incoming class was 33, of whom 26 completed the year).

      Enough for this, If the Indiana Tech law students use their elite global leadership training for evil, rather than for good. . .

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty_Tyrants

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    2. And how many of them were bought with those "scholarships" that Indiana Tech announced this summer?

      Imagine a law school with thirty (or fewer) students per year but four concentrations. Even if everyone pursues a concentration, that's not even eight students per concentration on average. How can there even be elective courses, let alone multiple concentrations, at this thimble-sized law skule?

      Old Guy

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    3. They had planned on 100 students per class. How long can the university support a law school that cannot generate enough revenue to pay its fixed costs and faculty salaries?

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    4. dybbuk123 @9:18, where are you getting your numbers from? Indiana Tech reports an incoming class of 27 for last year, not 33, on their form 509

      http://law.indianatech.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Indiana_Tech_2014_standard_509.pdf

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    5. Here:

      http://bloombergcurrent.com/content/indiana-tech-law-school-opens-wednesday-32-students

      (The article says 32-- but in the text of the article, then-dean Peter Alexander said that he was admitting an additional student who completed his application the day before classes began.

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  18. Have you guys blogged about the Suffolk Law School buyouts for 50% of tenured faculty? I saw it in the ABA Journal feed this morning. The other shoe is dropping--gently, quietly, hoping nobody notices--but it's dropping just the same.

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    1. Imagining The Open ToadSeptember 5, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      I was swinging by to ask the same question. And note, the current report at ABAJ says they're offering to buy out 100% of any tenured or long-term contracted facs.

      http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/suffolk_law_school_offers_buyouts_to_all_tenured_faculty/

      Or see (more details)
      http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/08/27/suffolk-university-replaces-its-president-names-interim/WaFNrCGqjdFXYzluj7iwoM/story.html

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  19. At the top of its home page, Indiana Tech still features a smiling student named David Felts, bedight with a tie in Indiana Tech's ugly orange-yellow and a matching lapel pin (could it be the one awarded at that dumb ceremony last autumn?), saying "If the current Circuit Court Judge for Allen County recommends a certain law school, it is definitely a school to consider and attend." What is not mentioned is that "the current Circuit Court Judge for Allen County" ever so coincidentally happens to be David Felts's father.

    We lifted the lid on this act of deception (not to say fraud) more than four months ago, yet Indiana Dreck has done nothing.

    Old Guy

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    1. Jeez. Your old man's a judge in one of Indiana's biggest counties and he couldn't even get you into Valpo?

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    2. That's a good point. Why did this guy go to Indiana Tech? At most admissions offices, Daddy's letterhead must have been worth at least a dozen points on the LSAT.

      Now, Felts the Younger evidently isn't the brightest of bulbs. After all, he at least pretends to believe that one should "definitely … attend" a law school solely on the strength of the recommendation of one person who may not know what he is talking about. (Hell, the law school hadn't even opened when Felts the Elder issued his recommendation! How could he possibly have recommended a law school that did not yet exist?) So I should not be surprised if even Daddy's string-pulling would not have lifted him out of the muddy bottom of the law-school pond. Even so, he didn't have to resort to an unaccredited law-skule-to-be. Why exactly did he go to a toilet that wasn't even connected to the fucking sewers?

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  20. In breaking news, an American U professor has been charged with burglary and destruction of property. Police found 5,431 prescription pills in his apartment. No connection to Indiana Tech has been established.

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    1. But not a lawprof, Public Administration chair with a PhD from U of Georgia. He set some fires, too, denied it all despite several cops witnessing it. Then said he was just going into his shrink's office to pick up a prescription (after 3:00 a.m.). Must have been running low on pills at home. Check out his picture, he looks a little too tightly wrapped.

      Man works his whole life in a glass factory and then one day he feels like picking up a hammer.

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    2. Public administration you say? Maybe he can help some naïve American U law student (of which there are plenty) to put together a "joint" degree program.

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    3. Imagining The Open ToadSeptember 7, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Wow, imagine the Pitts of despair this professor must have been mired in, to commit such acts.

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    4. Aren't there a lot of law professors with serious drug and alcohol problems?

      And Brian Leiter's blog has exposed numerous cases of erratic, antisocial, and predatory behavior by philosophy professors. Do you think there's something about the academic lifestyle that turns hard-working, intelligent people into rapacious monsters?

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    5. Yeah, unfortunately 5:54 academia draws from a dare-I-say bright crowd, who also love sitting in a quiet nook reading and writing all day. Not exactly your entreprenureal, show-business or factory-worker types. Even the "extroverts" in the field can only talk to peers in peer-related settings for the most part.

      I get it to some degree. However, academia goes off the rails by allowing these loner-types to be come so isolated that they mutuate into sociopaths that ignore the fact that the world is right outside their office door. Even introverts need to get out once in a while and realize there are other human beings in the world and other things to consider besides their work product, and I say that as a strong introvert myself.

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  21. Has anyone read up on this lamparello guy who is a prof at Indy tech screwal of law? Apparently he published a book about what a wreck his life is/was and now this guy is going to mold minds at this place? I don't want to come down on a guy down on his luck but damn what kind of freak show have they put together on the faculty with this cat and andre Douglas ponds Cummings oh sorry I mean andre douglas ponds cummings

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    1. http://outsidethelawschoolscam.blogspot.com/2013/09/indiana-tech-law-prof-adam-lamparello.html

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    2. As the original post made clear, Adam Lamparello is not just molding minds. He's creating leaders!

      This "teaching students how to think" business is just so 2012. It really doesn't matter what a new generation of global leaders at Indiana Tech are thinking. The thinking has already been done for them by the likes of Adam Lamparello and andre "Dougie Fresh" pond cummings. Our new global leaders are learning from distinguished scholars how to innovate, strategize, and get things done!

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    3. I read lamparellos book. Hard to see this guy as a ladies man after seeing his pic. Maybe he's a smooth talker though.

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    4. Wasn't the point of his lurid biography that he had to pay the "ladies" to be with him?

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    5. I'm surprised that as many as four people have read Lamparello's pornographic, self-promotional biography.

      And I agree with 4:42: he's fugly.

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  22. Leadership is, by definition, something that leaders do. If you pay roughly $18,000 to an unaccredited law school for 6 courses on global leadership, then you're a follower, not a leader. On the other hand, the Indiana Tech officials who got a few big donors to pay for most of this disaster have got some serious leadership going on. They've proven themselves to be effective leaders. Not entirely ethical, but effective nonetheless. Too bad it won't rub off on their credulous students.

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  23. Look at the latest money-making hackademic project: "a master's in gaming law and regulation":

    http://m.reviewjournal.com/news/education/financial-stresses-challenge-unlv-law-school

    The law skule at the U of Nevada at Las Vegas is celebrated as a source of "bragging rights" for being "ranked among the top 100 by U.S. News and World Report". Hell, there are law skules in the "top" 20 that I wouldn't brag about.

    Old Guy

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    1. Would screwing a lawprof for money count as a JD advantage job?

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