Monday, January 25, 2010

Thieving Lawyers--Thieving Law Schools [re-edit]

Above The Law points us to a depressing story of Lawyers stealing from clients; this time en masse in California.  The story from Saturday's Fresno Bee perfectly captures the insidious and incremental way lawyers find their way into positions in which there really is no way back.   In some instances it's the age old problem of lawyers managing significant sums of money from settlements of lawsuits that do not belong to them, that belongs to the client and borrowing from the money with a plan (?) to return the money to the account in time to make a distribution. 

California and (probably) every state is dealing with hundreds of attorneys involved in mortgage modification scams, a form of active fraud, that involves taking money from folks facing foreclosure and doing nothing for the fees paid. 

The only scams the bar associations and disciplinary counsel ignore are the fraudulent misrepresentations by law schools that induce bright young men and women to incur an average of$120,000 worth of debt only to enter a profession with few jobs, no mentoring, and a non-existent skill set. 

These pathetic over-educated hordes are unleashed on the world twice a year unable to competently represent clients, pay debt, pay taxes, pay the light and telephone bills, or afford to employ staff.  These law school scams (check UCLA Law School's  website, if you don't believe me)  with their fasle promise of a remunerative career in a respected profession are chimeras and need to be shut down.  Law schools are as bad, certainly more pernicious than the trade schools that sprung up to scam federal dollars for work trasitioning when that program came into being during the last recession.  Think about it, those phony trade schools didn't unleash licensed hordes of ill-skilled, indebted "professionals," on the public to perpetrate further harm.

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