The federal lawsuit (the complaint is included in full here), as it was in the previous blog, contained allegations as to how BarBri uses law school professors to promote its monopoly:
I obtained names of professors who teach for BarBri from BarBri's own online advertisements, and then grouped them by states and by schools.
Here are the lists.
From BarBri advertisements of faculty, here and here, I counted
- 54 professors from
- 18 jurisdictions and
- 38 law schools:
The 18 jurisdictions where BarBri hired law professors for its bar-prep courses (let's note that BarBri did not hire professors evenly from all 50 states):
- New York
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- Washington, D.C.
The 38 law schools, with states and numbers of professors from that school involved in teaching for BarBri:
|Loyola Law School||California||2|
|University of Califronia, Irvine School of Law||California||1|
|Pepperdine University School of Law||California||1|
|University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)||California||1|
|University of Southern California Law School||California||1|
|University of Connecticut Law School||Connecticut||1|
|Yale Law School||Connecticut||1|
|Widener University School of Law||Delaware||1|
|Florida International Univeristy College of Law||Florida||1|
|University of Miami School of Law||Florida||1|
|Emory School of Law||Georgia||4|
|Northwestern University School of Law||Illinois||1|
|University of Illinois College of Law||Illinois||1|
|University of Baltimore School of Law||Maryland||1|
|Boston University School of Law||Massachussetts||1|
|Harvard Law School||Massachussetts||1|
|Seton Hall University School of Law||New Jersey||2|
|Brooklyn Law School||New York||1|
|Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Yeshiva University||New York||1|
|Columbia Law School||New York||2|
|Cornell Law School||New York||1|
|Fordham School of Law||New York||2|
|University of North Carolina School of Law||North Carolina||1|
|Duke University School of Law||North Carolina||2|
|Ohio State University Moritz College of Law||Ohio||2|
|University of Pennsylvania School of Law||Pennsylvania||1|
|University of Texas School of Law||Texas||1|
|University of Houston Law Center||Texas||2|
|SMU Dedman School of Law||Texas||1|
|South Texas College of Law||Texas||1|
|University of Texas School of Law||Texas||1|
|George Mason School of Law||Virginia||1|
|Univeristy of Richmond School of Law||Virginia||1|
|Seattle University School of Law||Washington||1|
|University of Washington School of Law||Washington||1|
|University of Washington School of Law||Washington||1|
|Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law||Washington, D.C.||1|
|George Washington University School of Law||Washington, D.C.||3|
The list of 54 professors teaching for BarBri, as advertised by BarBri today:
|Brian, Robert||Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Loyola Law School||California|
|Chemerinsky, Erwin||Dean, University of California, Irvine School of Law||California|
|Levenson, Laurie||Loyola School of Law||California|
|Pushaw, Robert||Pepperdine University School of Law||California|
|Talley, Eric||University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall)||California|
|Altman, Scott||University of Southern California Law School||California|
|Lahav, Alexandra||University of Connecticut Law School||Connecticut|
|Harrison, Robert||Yale Law School||Connecticut|
|Scheuer, Luke||Widener University School of Law (DE)||Delaware|
|Carbot, Christopher||Associate Director of Recruitment Adjunct Professor of Legal Skills and Values, Florida International University College of Law||Florida|
|Stotzky, Irwin||University of Miami School of Law||Florida|
|Satz, Ani||Associate Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law||Georgia|
|Andieh, Robert||Emory School of Law||Georgia|
|Freer, Richard D.||Emory School of Law||Georgia|
|Holbrook, Tim||Emory University School of Law||Georgia|
|Redish, Martin||Northwestern University School of Law||Illinois|
|Bilz, Kenworthey||University of Illinois College of Law||Illinois|
|Sloan, Amy||Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Law, Univeristy of Baltimore School of Law||Maryland|
|Lawson, Gary||Boston University School of Law||Massachusetts|
|Goldberg, John||Harvard Law School||Massachusetts|
|Klass, Alexandra||University of Minnesota Law School||Minnesota|
|Sebok, Anthony||Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Yeshiva University||New York|
|Ponsa, Christina||Columbia University School of Law||New York|
|Cornwell, Kip||Seton Hall University School of Law||New Jersey|
|Franzese, Paula||Seton Hall University School of Law||New Jersey|
|Reiss, David||Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School||New York|
|Rossi, Faust||Cornell Law School||New York|
David E. Kaufman & Leopold C. Glass
Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University School of Law
|Neustadt, Frederick||Fordham School of Law||New York|
|Flaherty, Martin||Fordham University School of Law||New York|
|Arlen, Jennifer||Norma Z. Paige Professor of Law, New York University School of Law||New York|
|Kennedy, Joseph||Associate Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law||North Carolina|
|Metzloff, Thomas||Duke University School of Law||North Carolina|
|Salzman, James||Samuel Fox Mordecai Professor of Law, Duke University School of Law||North Carolina|
|Cole, Sarah||Ohio State University Moritz College of Law||Ohio|
|Dressler, Joshua||Professor & Frank R. |
Strong Chair in Law, Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
|Robinson, Paul||University of Pennsylvania School of Law||Pennsylvania|
|Williams, Sean||Assistant Professor of Law, University of Texas School of Law||Texas|
|Tilton-McCarthy, Lisa||Associate Professor, University of Houston Law Center||Texas|
|Forrester, Julie||SMU Dedman School of Law||Texas|
|Ryan, Meghan||SMU Dedman School of Law||Texas|
|Rensberger, Jeffrey||South Texas College of Law||Texas|
|Moll, Douglas||University of Houston Law Center||Texas|
|Johanson, Stanley||University of Texas School of Law||Texas|
|Alvare, Helen||George Mason School of Law||Virginia|
|Epstein, Paul||Univeristy of Richmond School of Law||Virginia|
|Ramasastry, Anita||D. Wayne & Anne Gittinger Professor of Law Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law||Washington|
|Ahrens, Deborah||Seattle University School of Law||Washington|
|Said, Zahr||University of Washington School of Law||Washington|
|Scordato, Marin||Catholic University of America and Columbus School of Law||Washington, D.C.|
|Schooner, Heidi||Catholic University of America—Columbus School of Law||Washington, D.C.|
|Schaffner, Joan||George Washington University Law School||Washington, D.C.|
|Fairfax, Lisa||George Washington University Law School||Washington, D.C.|
|Schechter, Roger||George Washington University Law School||Washington, D.C.|
And, in view of information in the federal complaint that BarBri may be squashing competing scholarship, professors who work for BarBri may be participating in that squashing (of competitors' scholarship), to their own benefit.
BarBri boasts in its advertisements that the list of its "faculty" reads like "Who's Who".
Yet, in view of the class action, participation of professors in BarBri can demonstrate the opposite - that BarBri picks professors who are willing to bend to its ways.
Had I been in law school at this time, I would be really interested if what my professor is teaching me is the best available scholarship, or if the best available scholarship was squashed through BarBri methods, as part of the bargain between BarBri and participating professors.
After all, that's what BarBri was alleged to have done before,
and by settling before trial, BarBri does not allow these issues to be tried and the truth revealed.
The issues are significant.
The federal lawsuit alleges that
- law school professors and "student representatives" were "co-opted" to drive competitive and good courses out - like the Bar Secrets that was created by a lawyer and psychologist and produced a 16% higher bar passage rate than BarBri,
- student government of law schools engaged in blocking advertisement of competitors;
- moles hired to discredit competitors;
- FBI agents hired to break into competitors' databases to obtain competitive materials.
- their law professors;
- student government and
- the law review student team
Let's not lose the perspective here in all these details.
We are talking about training in the profession that gained monopoly for court representation in this country based specifically on claims of superior training of licensed professionals.
At this time, consumers of legal services are REQUIRED to accept help from the government by having to choose for their court representation - in civil, family, and criminal cases, including death penalty cases - from only government-approved individuals, while the government controls those individuals' livelihoods, and the government actually is on the other side of cases where the most significant loss of constitutional rights may occur.
The government imposes upon the public its "vetted" individuals by the fairy tale of the alleged superior training of those government-vetted individuals.
THIS is how the licensed professionals are trained, in the allegations of law students themselves (all plaintiffs in the class actions were law students and law graduates).
So, when we, as consumers of legal services, are told that we cannot choose a court representative of our choice because the government "helps" us by training an army of such professionals to "protect us"
- while those same trainees are suing in court to get good training, alleging that the good training is blocked by a monopolist that is buying up their law professors, imposing false advertising, blocking superior training courses and individuals from the market, and employing various tricks worthy of a bad TV crime story
- we have a problem here, a matter of public concern of constitutional dimensions, and the settlement, which does not reach the issues raised in the lawsuit, will certainly not resolve this problem.
The quality of training of court representative is a serious issue of public concern, and any efforts thwarting provision of the best possible training of those exclusive, monopolistic court representative, undermines our democracy and access to court and justice for every one of us.
Therefore, in the context of this blog article, my question is - are those "star" professors participating in the process of undermining our democracy by financially benefiting and condoning the actions of the monopolist in the training of this country's exclusive court representatives?
My personal opinion is - they are. They are paid to promote the monopoly, and they do promote the monopoly, and the monopoly of BarBri hurts every one of us.