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

Odizor Weeps for Nigeria’s Sports

first_imgDuro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s greatest ever tennis player, Nduka Odizor, was in tears wednesday at the Sports Reform Committee Retreat in Abuja while recalling how administrators denied the country the opportunity of reaching the World Group stage of the Davis Cup because of greed and selfishness.Odizor who achieved a world ranking of 52 in 1983 and reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon the previous year insisted that tennis officials at the time were “not straight forward” in dealing with players. The former tennis professional whose paper was titled: “Recognition of Athletes” said for any country to excel in sports, athletes and coaches have to be accorded maximum recognition and respect.“Recognition and appreciation will ensure that athletes are assured that they will get their allowances and entitlements as at when due.“This will lead to younger ones emulating and striving to achieve like those ahead of them and bring up sports men and women who can create wealth for the nation,” he said.Odizor stressed that the matter of graft in the running of sports has been there all along.“My biggest disappointment was when I was approached by some government officials to give them some money so they can recommend me for a national award.“That was unthinkable and absurd. My achievements (in tennis) speak for themselves and I do not have to have a national award to be recognised around the world,” the tennis star reasoned.Before Odizor’s presentation at the retreat, one of Nigeria’s most achieved football coaches, Chief Adegboye Onigbinde, in his paper said that there was an urgent need to reform the process that throws up incompetent and self-seeking persons as sports federation presidents and board members.The gaffer who led the Green Eagles to a second place finish at the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations said that football clubs currently run as government parastatals can be financially viable if they instituted a membership plan and worked out partnerships with companies.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

GOP leader says ‘good chance’ sports book legalized in Iowa this year

first_imgDES MOINES — The 2019 Iowa legislature convenes on Monday and odds are that lawmakers will consider a bill to make it legal to bet on sporting events.“I think we have a really good chance to get sports betting passed here in the State of Iowa this year,” said Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, a Republican from Ankeny who decides which bills get debated in the state senate.The U.S. Supreme Court ruled last May that all states may legalize wagering on sporting events.“As I travel to conferences across the country and meet with other leaders, there’s a lot of states that are looking at that right now,” Whitver told Radio Iowa today. “I think right now the conversations have progressed pretty well in the state of Iowa. You have a lot of people interested in that bill seem to be on the same page and that makes it a lot more feasible this year.”Over the past couple of years, casino industry lobbyists urged Iowa legislators to prepare for the Supreme Court’s ruling and set up a system that would give the state-licensed casinos authority run sports book operations. New Jersey and Delaware immediately legalized sports betting this past spring and Whitver says Iowa casinos seem the likely host for wagering on sports — if it’s legalized here.“We have a fairly good system set up with the casinos and our Racing and Gaming (Commission) overseeing gambling and so I think you’d largely use that structure as you look at how to implement sports betting,” Whitver said.Iowa Lottery officials say several of the state’s largest lottery retailers want the option of offering a sports lottery — similar. perhaps, to the one now legal in Delaware. Whitver said it “makes more sense” to have sports wagering managed by the casinos.“There’s a lot of people that want a piece of the action,” Whitver said. “…The casinos are used to the regulation. They understand the process. The systems are all set up there. It would be totally different to allow the lottery to get into the gambling world and so, right now, I would be more focused on the casinos, but open minded to listen to what those who are advocating for the lottery would say.”Estimates indicate Americans illegally bet hundreds of billions of dollars on sporting events every year. Bills to legalize sports betting in Iowa have been introduced in the Iowa legislature since 2010, but none advanced beyond the committee level.last_img read more