You probably already heard that law school students, first at Columbia, then at Harvard, were permitted to seek postponement of their final exams if they were feeling “traumatized” by the two recent grand jury decisions making headlines.
Those reports were followed days later by another involving an exam question written by UCLA Law Professor Robert Goldstein that asked attorneys-to-be “to write a memo discussing the relevant First Amendment issues” in the putative prosecution for incitement of a riot by Louis Head. Head, stepfather of the late Michael Brown, had St. Louis County prosecutors evaluating whether he had in fact crossed a line when he urged a crowd in Ferguson to “burn this b*tch down,” referring to the community.
UCLA students were so incensed by the “racially insensitive and divisive” question that they mounted a protest against Goldstein, who ultimately apologized. This despite the fact that the presenting “legal conundrums ripped from headlines of the day” is common practice in law schools.
If there is a lesson to be taken from these recent “lapses” and crises of conscience it is that the next generation of lawyers all seem — to borrow a line from “A Few Good Men” — to have been absent from law school the day they taught law.
Not that this is anything new. The billboard in the photograph below is making the rounds on Twitter:
— Dr. Marty Fox (@DrMartyFox) December 14, 2014
I don’t where Larry Archie went to law school, but I hope for his sake and that of his clients that the claim in his ad is a typo.
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