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General Off-Topic Board / The Ohio and Indiana Thread
« on: March 14, 2007, 08:38:55 AM »
anyone live in these areas?


like it?

Choosing the Right Law School / 2008 Rankings
« on: March 14, 2007, 07:03:33 AM »
anyone making a trip to the bookstore on the 1st?

General Off-Topic Board / The North Carolina Thread
« on: March 11, 2007, 07:20:02 PM »
for those that live there or want to.

give us the scoop!

pics of raliegh

General Off-Topic Board / Smileys
« on: March 11, 2007, 12:17:09 PM »
add more

General Off-Topic Board / The Alabama Thread
« on: March 10, 2007, 08:21:50 AM »
Anyone from there?

like it? hate it?

General Off-Topic Board / The Kentucky Thread
« on: March 09, 2007, 07:12:26 AM »
Who lives there?

like it?

General Off-Topic Board / Posting online - A warning
« on: March 07, 2007, 08:03:50 AM »

Harsh Words Die Hard on the Web
Law Students Feel Lasting Effects of Anonymous Attacks

By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 7, 2007; Page A01

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa, has published in top legal journals and completed internships at leading institutions in her field. So when the Yale law student interviewed with 16 firms for a job this summer, she was concerned that she had only four call-backs. She was stunned when she had zero offers.

Though it is difficult to prove a direct link, the woman thinks she is a victim of a new form of reputation-maligning: online postings with offensive content and personal attacks that can be stored forever and are easily accessible through a Google search.

The woman and two others interviewed by The Washington Post learned from friends that they were the subject of derogatory chats on a widely read message board on AutoAdmit, run by a third-year law student at the University of Pennsylvania and a 23-year-old insurance agent. The women spoke on the condition of anonymity because they feared retribution online.

The law-school board, one of several message boards on AutoAdmit, bills itself as "the most prestigious law school admissions discussion board in the world." It contains many useful insights on schools and firms. But there are also hundreds of chats posted by anonymous users that feature derisive statements about women, gays, blacks, Asians and Jews. In scores of messages, the users disparage individuals by name or other personally identifying information. Some of the messages included false claims about sexual activity and diseases. To the targets' dismay, the comments bubble up through the Internet into the public domain via Google's powerful search engine.

The site's founder, Jarret Cohen, the insurance agent, said the site merely provides a forum for free speech. "I want it to be a place where people can express themselves freely, just as if they were to go to a town square and say whatever brilliant or foolish thoughts they have," Cohen said.

The students' tales reflect the pitfalls of popular social-networking sites and highlight how social and technological changes lead to new clashes between free speech and privacy. The chats are also a window into the character of a segment of students at leading law schools. Penn officials said they have known about the site and the complaints for two years but have no legal grounds to act against it. The site is not operated with school resources.

Nor is it the only forum for such discussions, but it may be the largest "and is certainly the highest profile," said David A. Hoffman, a Temple University law professor who has conducted research on AutoAdmit.

Employers, including law firms, frequently do Google searches as part of due diligence checks on prospective employees. According to a December survey by the Ponemon Institute, a privacy research organization, roughly half of U.S. hiring officials use the Internet in vetting job applications. About one-third of the searches yielded content used to deny a job, the survey said. The legal hiring market is very competitive. What could tip the balance is the appearance that a candidate is a lightning rod for controversy, said Mark Rasch, a Washington lawyer and consultant who specializes in Internet issues.

The trend has even spawned a new service, ReputationDefender, whose mission is to search for damaging content online and destroy it on behalf of clients. Generally, the law exempts site operators from liability for the content posted by others, though it does not prevent them from removing offensive items.

"For many people the Internet has become a scarlet letter, an albatross," said Michael Fertik, ReputationDefender's chief executive. The company is launching a campaign to get AutoAdmit to cleanse its site and encourage law schools to adopt a professional conduct code for students.

Kurt Opsahl, a staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy and free speech advocacy group, said anonymous cyber-writers can be sued for defamation. A judge can require a Web site host or operator to disclose a user's identifying information. Also, he said, the Internet allows those who feel slandered to put forth their own point of view. "The cure to bad speech is more speech," he said.

The chats sometimes include photos taken from women's Facebook pages, and in the Yale student's case, one person threatened to sexually violate her. Another participant claimed to be the student, making it appear that she was taking part in the discussion.

General Off-Topic Board / Tennessee Thread
« on: February 28, 2007, 06:15:59 AM »
Anyone live there?

Like it?

what can you tell us?

General Off-Topic Board / Auto Insurance
« on: February 18, 2007, 05:56:52 PM »
special on CNN shows that the companies are trying to take you to court instead of paying anything.

policy is to try and drag it out for YEARS!

worth a look if it plays again

Politics and Law-Related News / UNC - Charlotte to get a Law School?
« on: February 15, 2007, 09:20:30 AM »

UNC Charlotte could surge to nearly 35,000 students in little more than a decade, a growth spurt that would lead to a radically different school.

By 2020, some of those students could be studying medicine and law. Others could board light rail to study at the new Center City campus. Still more could take classes online or at satellite sites in nearby counties.

But will the university be ready -- or will a lack of resources hurt UNCC's ability to grow?

That is a question facing Chancellor Phil Dubois and the board of trustees as they begin discussing a long-range enrollment study this morning.

Officials stress that the enrollment figure -- about a 67 percent increase over the current size -- isn't a firm goal. It's the number that data suggest may want to attend the school in the heart of a growing metropolitan area.

Further studies will tell how many students, faculty and staff the school should handle and what new facilities and personnel will be needed.

4 Big Questions

Continued from 1B

Who will get in?

Last fall, UNC Charlotte had 21,519 students. But as the region grows, so will the school -- by as much as 13,000 students by 2020. The enrollment report says 25 percent of the students should be in graduate school, up from 21 percent.Lawmakers recently asked the University of Texas at San Antonio to raise admission standards to help curb enrollment. UNCC leaders worry about letting the freshmen class get too big, but fear too-stringent admission rules could turn too many away.

What will they study?

UNCC has added more graduate programs in recent years. But a larger student body and a push to add graduate students could mean programs in public health, medicine and law.

Leaders will keep an eye on a UNC Chapel Hill and Carolinas Healthcare System study of the possibility of teaching third- and fourth-year medical residents in Charlotte. Should Chapel Hill later want to expand the program, UNCC leaders say it might make sense for them to offer the courses.

More campuses?

Students will increasingly study away from the main campus.About 95.6 percent of students now take classes there, with the rest enrolled in courses on the Web, uptown or in other distance-education programs. The school will open a Center City building in 2010.

Campus space remains at a premium despite a recent construction boom. There are 4,417 beds, enough for 20.5 percent of enrollment.

The current master plan calls for 30 percent of students living on campus, which would mean about 6,000 more beds by 2020.

Who pays?

Ideally, more state money will cover the costs of new students and programs and put less pressure on tuition.

Though UNCC is the state's fourth-largest university, it ranks near the bottom in state money per student.

Tuition has risen 107 percent for in-state undergrads since 2000.

On the facilities side, a new state bond proposal could speed up campus construction, as it did in 2000. The school also has asked students to pay for many nonacademic buildings, like housing and a new Student Union.

4 Big Questions | 3B

Some of the issues UNCC must consider:

Who will get in?

What will they study?

More campuses?

Who pays?

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