Sunday, June 26, 2016

Department of Education Fails to Appreciate the Virtues of De Facto Regulatory Capture

The Department of Education - Thanks, Obama! - is apparently jumping on the anti-law school bandwagon by going after the ABA:
A Department of Education panel on Wednesday recommended that the ABA’s accreditation power for new law schools be suspended for one year, on the basis that the organization failed to implement its student achievement standards and probationary sanctions, while also not meeting its audit process and analysis responsibilities regarding students’ debt levels.
What Stalinist abuse of bureaucracy is this?  It's like having someone in your back pocket and then suddenly they start fucking you in the ass like a woodpecker on crack.  Has the DOE not been sent the latest scholarly literature?  Is the DOE overlooking the crucial importance of legal education in upholding the Rule of Law?  Is the DOE aware of the effective task forces, studious conferences, non-partisan position papers, and essential trade fiction published by the ABA?

Instead of making idle threats on withdrawing accreditation power from America's foremost lawyer association and indirectly threatening the very foundations of American democracy, the Department of Education should be providing a bailout for California Southern, whose pending closure ends an era of non-accredited educational advancement in a part of the country that is starved for lawyers and law schools.


  1. Wish this happened earlier in Obama's term. Not when he's practically out the door.

  2. Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance KingJune 28, 2016 at 1:36 PM

    We have Brexit. Wouldn't it be nice to have Abexit? The ABA is a trade group. Nothing more than the National Retail Federation or American Trucking Association. Those organizations do not have direct regulatory power. George Bush was correct in "de-authorizing" them from having any sort of influence or veto power over Supreme Court Nominations.