Barry University struggles to gain ABA accreditation

first_img“It’s a difficult one to describe, because we were going outside procedures to do this,” said Dean Stanley Talcott, explaining he had tried a tactic to short-circuit the usual appeal for provisional accreditation to the ABA House of Delegates, which was already in the works. “We were looking for an extraordinary remedy.” Barry University struggles to gain ABA accreditation Associate Editor Orlando’s Barry University School of Law suffered another setback in its quest for accreditation from the American Bar Association, sending its students into a distressing limbo about the fate of their legal careers.The latest twist in Barry’s struggle for accreditation came June 4, when the ABA’s Council for the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar rejected a request to reconsider an application the council had rejected in February. July 1, 2001 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Dean Stanley Talcott center_img Barry University struggles to gain ABA accreditation There is no formal process in the ABA rules for reconsideration by the council, but Barry was hoping that the provisions of Robert’s Rules of Order would govern the procedure for a motion for reconsideration. That strategy was turned down.The urgency is sparked by the desire that Barry’s 110 graduates and 320 law students be allowed to practice law in Florida, which they are not allowed to do without Barry’s ABA accreditation.Students who pay $20,000 a year at the private law school are worried whether they will ever be able to practice law.“Obviously, the students have understandable anxiety and concern about their futures,” said Talcott, two days after he gathered many of Barry’s students and graduates together to explain the next step, which is to ask the ABA House of Delegates in August to intervene. If that fails, a new application could push accreditation into 2003.“We’re doing everything we can,” Talcott continued. “We’re going forward with our current application process, and we’re also going to examine other means that can benefit our students. I think, understandably, they are disappointed in the decision, but it’s one of those things where a glimmer of hope has been erased, not a milestone.”Meanwhile, Barry’s lawyers continue to petition the Florida Supreme Court to allow Barry’s latest graduates to take the bar exam and embargo the scores until accreditation, as has been allowed in the past.A supplement to the May petition on behalf of Barry’s January, June, and July 2001 graduating classes, as well as its January, June, and July 2000 graduating classes, was quickly filed June 6 to reflect the latest turn of events.In the original May 25 petition to the high court, “Barry explained the status of its current application for accreditation, which greatly depended upon the actions the Council of the Section on Legal Education could have taken on Barry’s petition for reconsideration at its June meeting,” Barry’s attorneys, Lucinda Hofmann and Rachel Blechman, wrote in the supplemented petition.“Unfortunately for the petitioners, the council’s actions were not those anticipated or hoped for. Although the status of Barry’s application has changed somewhat since the filing of the May petition, this change, as we will show, does not affect Barry’s legal argument or the relief requested in its May 25 petition.”The revised petition went on to explain that Barry Law School is currently pursuing “the last recourse available to it, under the ABA rules, on its current application for accreditation: It has appealed the council’s denial of provisional approval to the ABA House of Delegates. The House of Delegates will hear and rule on the appeal at its August 7-8 meeting. At this August meeting, the House of Delegates may vote to send Barry’s application back to the council for reconsideration. This mandatory reconsideration will then take place at the council’s November 2001 meeting. If, upon reconsideration, the council decides to grant Barry provisional accreditation, the House of Delegates could approve that decision at its February 2002 meeting.”It’s been an uphill battle for Barry, which Talcott touts as “the most diverse law school in the country,” where students are 45 percent female and 33 percent minorities, and half of the faculty are members of minority groups.The ABA turned the law school down for accreditation in September 1998, even before Barry purchased the former University of Orlando in 1999, again in May 2000 and most recently in February, when the cited reasons for denial included:• Concerns about the admission of three students who had low LSAT scores that statistically show reduced likelihood of success in law school and passing the bar exam.• Concerns about the rigor of the education program, the examination process, and whether the school would adhere to its retention policies.• Concerns about the lack of a formal study about the potential impact of the new Florida A&M University law school that will be located in Orlando.After the February denial, Talcott said in a prepared statement: “Those who are most familiar with the school and its students have uniformly praised the quality and professionalism of our students. Barry University and its law school have consistently demonstrated that our students’ performance in legal competitions, in the workplace, and in community service activities meet the highest standards. We intend to take all steps necessary to clearly demonstrate this to the ABA.”After the latest setback, Talcott acknowledged at the meeting with students that chances of success are diminishing, but he tried to restore some hope in asking the ABA House of Delegates to intervene in August.And Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, president of Miami-based Roman Catholic Barry University, remains committed to keeping the law school running until accreditation in finally achieved.“We are disappointed, but undaunted,” she said. “We certainly owe it to our students to go through this whole process.”last_img read more

NDDC to Collaborate with NFF for Football Academies in Niger Delta

first_imgHe declared: “I want to invite the NFF to collaborate with the NDDC to support the game of football in the Niger Delta. We are in the process of setting up football academies in the Niger Delta region. The NDDC Board has already approved it and we want to start with two football academies.“We believe that it is one of the ways of taking our youths off militancy and getting them meaningfully engaged. We hope to give them the opportunity to develop their talents and empower them because football is now big business and a good source of employment.”Ekere said the NDDC would encourage Niger Delta youths to take to football as a profession and that was the essence of setting up the football academy.According to him, “that is why we need the technical support of the NFF so that the venture will become a success. There will also be need to link up the beneficiaries of the academies to international opportunities.”The NDDC boss said that there was every reason for Nigerians to celebrate the current NFF leadership under Pinnick, noting that there was a time when Nigerian football made everyone happy and proud.Unfortunately, he said, a few years ago, we nose-dived and nobody was hearing about Nigeria again in the international arena. “This was until God blessed our football administration with Amaju Pinnick, a proud son of the Niger Delta,” Ekere eulogized the NFF chief who is also an elected CAF Executive committee member.He said further: “I want to congratulate you and members of your team for what you have done for Nigerian football. You have brought back our lost glory. You also brought back the pride of Nigerian football. You have given us reason to be proud again as Nigerians. You have elevated Nigeria to a position where the entire world will pay attention when Nigeria is mentioned in football.”Ekere noted with pride and admiration the way the NFF had piloted football administration in the country, stating that football was a unifier for Nigerians and they were indeed passionate about it.He expressed delight that the NFF had been able to tap into the talents of Niger Delta youths, giving them the inspiration and support they needed to excel in the game. “I am looking forward to the day Nigeria will win the World Cup. The NDDC will stand by the NFF as it marches to the World Cup in Russia. We will work with NFF to make sure that the Nigerian team comes out in flying colours,” Ekere said.The NFF President, Mr Amaju Pinnick, acknowledged the role of NDDC in developing Niger Delta region. He stated: “I am proud to say that the nine states of the region account for about 50 per cent of all the players in our national teams. Even for the inaugural Under-17 team that won the World Cup in 1985, Niger Delta provided most of the players.In addition, he said, the region has produced more captains for the national teams than any other region. “It is a region that is very well endowed. We want to prepare the players properly and we want the NDDC to support us to produce productive youths in the oil-rich region,” Pinnick concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ernest Chinwo in Port HarcourtThe Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has called for partnership with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in its plans to set up two football academies in the Niger Delta region.The NDDC Managing Director, Mr Nsima Ekere, made the proposal when the NFF President, Mr Amaju Pinnick, led a delegation of the federation to pay him a courtesy visit at the Commission’s headquarters in Port Harcourt.last_img read more

Masters 2019: Final round brought forward with storms forecast

first_imgThe final round of the Masters will begin much earlier than usual, with players grouped in threesomes and starting from the first and 10th tees as organizers seek to complete the tournament before the potential arrival of thunderstorms at Augusta National.A statement posted on the official Masters website during Saturday’s third round confirmed Sunday’s play would begin at 7:30 a.m. ET. Masters 2019: Webb Simpson charges up leaderboard with second-best round ever at Augusta National The first and 10th will be used as starting holes, with the leaders due to begin their rounds at 9:20 a.m. ET, in the hope a winner can be decided before an anticipated burst of inclement weather in the afternoon.There has not been a Monday finish at the Masters since 1983, when the tournament was heavily affected by rain. Related Newscenter_img Masters 2019: Tiger Woods still stalking leaders after front 9 Given the possibility of severe weather Sunday afternoon, groupings and tee times for the final round will be adjusted.:— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 13, 2019Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters tournament, said: “The safety of everyone on our grounds is paramount.”We also believe the earlier start will give us the best opportunity to complete the Masters on Sunday.”This decision should benefit everyone — the players, our patrons and our fans watching around the world. Given the competitiveness and drama of this year’s tournament, we look forward to an exciting conclusion tomorrow (Sunday).”last_img read more