Jeffrey Evans Stake
Given their central role in the training and socialization of lawyers, law schools are uniquely obliged to present themselves honestly to the public and to their prospective students. In recent years, law schools have failed to live up to that simple standard. As Ben Trachtenberg documents in detail, some law schools have lied or deliberately presented misleading information. More broadly, all law schools have followed the ABA mandate to report employment statistics that, until recently, were defined in ways that would have surprised many law school applicants. The ABA has taken steps to improve the flow of information from law schools to the public. It has punished perpetrators and reformed reporting rules. What more should be done?
Kyle P. McEntee 
I once overheard a non-lawyer tell a popular lawyer joke. How can you tell that an attorney is about to lie? Without missing a beat the jokester quipped. The attorney’s lips begin to move. The group found it funny, while I began to wonder what happened to my sense of humor. I smirked, sure, but more than anything the familiar joke diverted my attention from comedy to comity.
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Issue 91 of the Nebraska Law Review features an article by Professor Ben Trachtenberg of the University of Missouri School of Law which details a recent and controversial topic within legal education: the release of misleading employment statistics by law school administrators. In Law School Marketing and Legal Ethics, Professor Trachtenberg advocates a novel approach to combating this deceitful practice through the use of professional liability under Model Rule 8.4(c). As part of a special series of responses from other notable academics in the area, the Nebraska Law Review Bulletin is proud to publish the thoughts of Kyle McEntee of Law School Transparency and Professor Jeffrey Stake of Indiana University’s Mauer School of Law. In their responses, each author will detail his respective take on professional liability as advocated by Mr. Trachtenberg and offer an alternate approaches to combating the release of misleading employment statistics by law schools. Finally, Professor Trachtenberg will again offer his thoughts in a final response. Due to the unique nature of this series, the usual emphasis on word length for Bulletin submissions is downplayed in order to best retain the full substance of the contributing authors’ response.
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Below you will find an attachment containing the materials for the 2013 University of Nebraska College of Law annual write-on competition.
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