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beskeptigal
SFN Die Hard

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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  03:09:13  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I posted this and split it off from the Gonzales scandal thread in the JREF forum: "Scandal puts spotlight on Christian law school".

Bush has put 150 of these new grads from the barely accredited Pat Robertson Christian law school in his administration.
quote:
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The title of the course was Constitutional Law, but the subject was sin. Before any casebooks were opened, a student led his classmates in a 10-minute devotional talk, completed with "amens," about the need to preserve their Christian values.

[snip]

One of those graduates is Monica Goodling , the former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales who is at the center of the storm over the firing of US attorneys. Goodling, who resigned on Friday, has become the face of Regent overnight -- and drawn a harsh spotlight to the administration's hiring of officials educated at smaller, conservative schools with sometimes marginal academic reputations.

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"It used to be that high-level DOJ jobs were generally reserved for the best of the legal profession," wrote a contributor to The New Republic website . ". . . That a recent graduate of one of the very worst (and sketchiest) law schools with virtually no relevant experience could ascend to this position is a sure sign that there is something seriously wrong at the DOJ."

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"We've had great placement," said Jay Sekulow , who heads a non profit law firm based at Regent that files lawsuits aimed at lowering barriers between church and state. "We've had a lot of people in key positions." ... Their path to employment was further eased in late 2002, when John Ashcroft , then attorney general, changed longstanding rules for hiring lawyers to fill vacancies in the career ranks.

Previously, veteran civil servants screened applicants and recommended whom to hire, usually picking top students from elite schools.

[snip]

As the dean of a lower-ranked law school that benefited from the Bush administration's hiring practices, Jeffrey Brauch of Regent made no apologies in a recent interview for training students to understand what the law is today, and also to understand how legal rules should be changed to better reflect "eternal principles of justice," from divorce laws to abortion rights.

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Seven years ago, 60 percent of the class of 1999 -- Goodling's class -- failed the bar exam on the first attempt. (Goodling's performance was not available, though she is admitted to the bar in Virginia.) The dismal numbers prompted the school to overhaul its curriculum and tighten admissions standards ... The bar exam passage rate of Regent alumni , according to the Princeton Review, rose to 67 percent last year. Brauch said it is now up to 71 percent, and that half of the students admitted in the late 1990s would not be accepted today.

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n light of Regent's rapid evolution, some current law students say it is frustrating to be judged in light of Regent alumni from the school's more troubled era -- including Goodling.

One third-year student, Chamie Riley , said she rejected the idea that any government official who invokes her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination could be a good representative of Regent.

As Christians, she said, Regent students know "you should be morally upright. You should not be in a situation where you have to plead the Fifth."

And I thought I'd already seen it all.

From Slate we have, How Pat Robertson's law school is changing America.
quote:
...A former career official there told the Washington Post that Goodling "forced many very talented, career people out of main Justice so she could replace them with junior people that were either loyal to the administration or would score her some points."

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Goodling is only one of 150 graduates of Regent University currently serving in this administration, as Regent's Web site proclaims proudly, a huge number for a 29-year-old school. Regent estimates that "approximately one out of every six Regent alumni is employed in some form of government work." And that's precisely what its founder desired. The school's motto is "Christian Leadership To Change the World," and the world seems to be changing apace. Former Attorney General John Ashcroft teaches at Regent, and graduates have achieved senior positions in the Bush administration. The express goal is not only to tear down the wall between church and state in America (a "lie of the left," according to Robertson) but also to enmesh the two...



And from the school's own web page:
quote:
... we thoroughly integrate a Christian perspective in the classroom. We are committed to the proposition that there is truth--eternal principles of justice--about the way we should practice law and about the law itself. ... As you consider attending a law school, I encourage you to think about a legal education that recognizes the critical role the Christian faith should play in our legal system and your professional life. I trust that in so doing, you will be drawn to Regent Law for your legal studies.


There's a lot more in the Slate article but I can't take any more right now. It's so disgusting it's overwhelming.


filthy
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  03:52:12   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send filthy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As Robertson is a Christian reprobate of stature, I have been following the Goodling case with some interest. At this point, I'm wondering if those 150 Christian lawschool "graduates" might, in the long run, prove to be something of an undoing for our favorite prognosticator of hurricanes. He's been going great guns with Republicans in power, but "the times they are a'changin'."

I read the other day that dear Monica is to be granted immunity and forced to testify. How do you like them apples, Pat?




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beskeptigal
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Posted - 04/26/2007 :  21:49:28   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You did see this quote in my post I assume:

"One third-year student, Chamie Riley , said she rejected the idea that any government official who invokes her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination could be a good representative of Regent.

As Christians, she said, Regent students know "you should be morally upright. You should not be in a situation where you have to plead the Fifth."


Just like the Evangelicals turned on their own when the split happened over the "Rapture means we can trash the planet" and "God wants us to take care of his creation" it seems.


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Dave W.
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Posted - 04/27/2007 :  06:39:00   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Dave W.'s Homepage Send Dave W. a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The Daily Show on this subject.
I'm being told that Regent is tied with Jiffy Law.
Great stuff.

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