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News Discussion / Meg Whitman controversy
« on: September 30, 2010, 11:43:29 PM »
What is your take on the Meg Whitman controversy?  Do you think she took the right steps when she found out her maid was here illegally - or did she really know in 2003 that she was an illegal alien?

My take:  (opinion)
Meg used an agency to vet a potential hiree -- this agency guaranteed the status of the maid and she was paid very well for her services. (how many maids do you know that make $23 an hour - most technicians barely make that much)  When Meg found out about her status, she terminated her employment.  Why do I beleive this?  Because it is logical and beleivable.  Frankly the timing of these charges by none other than the queen of media lawyers, Gloria Allred, makes this suspect (IMHO Ms. Allred is the very reason why so many in the general populace don't like or respect the profession). 

I am not a big Meg supporter.  Up until  yesterday, I was leaning towards a vote for Brown (although I didn't vote for him in previous governor races because he was flakey - remember the Med Fly mess?)  Now, I am voting for Meg.  I have no doubt that Brown is involved in this.  Reading various message boards, a great number of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents are not fooled by this move.  I may even send a donation to the Meg Whitman campaign. 

Just my take - what are your takes?

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Distance Education Law Schools / Concord School of Law
« on: September 23, 2010, 11:46:28 PM »
I came across the Concord School of Law which is DETC accredited, but apparently not CALBar accredited.  What does this mean?  You can take the bar exam and they have a higher passage rate than other Tier 3 and 4 schools like Lincoln and JFK -- any input?  Any value to this degree?


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Where should I go next fall? / Deciding which route to take
« on: September 12, 2010, 04:38:02 AM »
Since being a bailiff in the early 1980's, I have been interested in the law and becoming a lawyer.  Now that the kids are all grown up, I was considering a change of career.  I am currently a electrical engineer.  I have a AA in AJ, Electronics, a BS in Engineering, and an MBA.  My objective is not to become rich as I am already comfortable and at 50 years old, am not interested in that route.  I do want to help people who can't help themselves (I am not a do-gooder - just feel that people tend to get run over by the system).  Something in advocacy law, public defender, perhaps the innocence project. 

For this type of law, would a third tier law school like the Lincoln School of Law in San Jose suffice?  Anyone have any opinions as to the quality of the school?  What about the Silicon Valley School of Law (newer school) -- or GGU School of Law in SF?  I know that Berkeley, Stanford, or SCU would be better choices, but I don't want to make it a career  just getting into and completing law school.

Any advice?  Suggestions, etc? 

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