Saturday, May 18, 2013

Dual Roles

     Suzanne Reynolds has two titles -- Executive Associate Dean and Professor.  The conflict only involves her administrative responsibilities.

     Dean Reynolds became involved in the accreditation issues about a month into the semester I was enrolled in her family law course.  The conflict did not change the way I was treated in class.  She was an excellent teacher.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

re: Above the Law's article today

     On May 16, 2013, Joe Patrice wrote: "Hints to the source of Wake's irritation with Skinner can be found at his blog where Skinner makes the case for revoking Wake's accreditation because it fails to keep track of student complaints.  If true, this is a violation of ABA Standards, though the blog doesn't provide much evidence that it's true."

     I contacted Above the Law on June 9, 2012 and offered to provide evidence of violation of accreditation standards.  The email, however, was sent to Mr. Mystal.  I wrote, "I'm working on a formal complaint to the ABA.  When it is submitted, I will send a copy of the complaint to Above the Law if you are interested in the story.  Written documentation can also be provided.  Please let me know how you want to proceed."

     I never got a response.  Mr. Patrice was probably unaware of the offer when he wrote his article.  He did note, however, that if the information posted on my blog were true, it would be a violation of accreditation standards.  The information posted on my blog is true, and there was a violation of accreditation standards.

Sunday, February 24, 2013


      Ron Wright, a law professor at Wake Forest, was a visiting professor at Washington and Lee from August 2006 to December 2006.  Blake Morant was a professor and administrator during that time. 

     According to a news release, “Suzanne Reynolds, professor of law, chaired the committee” that “recommended Morant’s appointment following a nationwide search.” [FN1]

     Shortly after Blake Morant’s appointment was announced, Ron Wright was promoted to Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, a position he held from July 2007 to June 2010.

     When he stepped down, Suzanne Reynolds was promoted to Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs by Dean Morant.

[FN1] Wake Forest University appoints new dean of law school, Wake Forest University News Releases (May 15, 2007), (last visited Feb. 24, 2013).

Sunday, February 17, 2013

It's "our" year.

      Ann Gibbs, Associate Dean of Administrative and Student Services, sent this email last Thursday:

               Dear Students:

           Every few years, the Princeton Review surveys Wake Forest
           law students to gather information about their experiences 
           at Wake Forest.  This is "our" year for a new survey through 
           the link provided below.  I would certainly encourage you to 
           give honest opinions, with the caveat that this may not be the
           place to memorialize more minor complaints about 
           your experience (I'm HAPPY to hear those and to try to 
           work through any concerns you may have!).   These 
           surveys quickly become used by organizations to rank or 
           categorize schools.  Please feel free to make thoughtful 
           comments with the awareness that they have an impact that 
           may resonate broadly and impact the manner in which our 
           school is perceived by others.


     The surveys are part of the research the Princeton Review uses to prepare a guide to selecting law schools.  According to the review of the 2013 edition posted on amazon:

           We can help you make the right decision.   

           The Princeton Review's The Best 168 Law Schools gives you
           student survey-driven profiles of the nation's top 168 law 
           schools as well as detailed statistical information about 
           accredited law schools.  Each profile provides 
           information on academics and campus life, and also 
           provides answers to all the practical questions you should 
           ask when applying to law school...

     Prospective students may have an interest in learning about the "more minor complaints," and that interest was not served by Dean Gibbs' warning
-- "These surveys quickly become used by organizations to rank or categorize schools."  The warning appealed to the self-interest instead of candor.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

McNabb v. United States

     "The history of liberty has largely been the history of observance of procedural safeguards."  McNabb v. United States, 318 U.S. 332, 347 (1943).

How to Stop [Law Schools] From [ _______ ] Us

      This article is about transparency in medicine, but the concepts are relevant to legal education: How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us, by Marty Makary.

Monday, January 28, 2013


Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants;
electric light the most efficient policeman.  

Louis D. Brandeis, "What Publicity Can Do," Harper's Weekly, 10 (Dec. 20, 1913).