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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Ind. Law - "Indiana Tech Law School receives library collection"

The FWJG has posted this news release; here are some quotes:

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Indiana Tech Law School Dean Peter C. Alexander announced today that the law school has received an anonymous donation of a significant library collection for the Fort Wayne law school start-up effort.

The donor, a businessperson who lives out of state, acquired the library collection of a law school that was not able to earn ABA accreditation. The donor stored the collection with the hope that the books and microfiche it contained would be put to good use someday.

The exact volume count of the collection is unknown, but Alexander has inspected the collection and he is very impressed.

“There are so many books that they are currently being stored in eight tractor-trailers, and the microfiche collection has been stored in a large climate-controlled storage area,” he said. “Everything is in very good condition.”

ILB: Okay, the real story here is, what law school is it that is apparently giving up the ghost after not being able to earn ABA accreditation?

The ILB's first guess is Duncan Law School in Tennessee. This fledgling law school, located in Knoxville, has been mentioned in a number of ILB posts on new schools' efforts to acquire ABA accreditation.

In addition to the stories linked in those posts, the WSJ Law Blog reported on Oct. 25th that:

The saga of Lincoln Memorial University’s Duncan School of Law has taken another turn, after the American Bar Association affirmed its denial of provisional accreditation for the school this summer. Now, Duncan has lost its dean, and may consider dropping a lawsuit against the ABA.

Dean Sydney Beckman, who has been with the school since 2008, stepped down and plans to return to teaching, the school told the Knoxville News Sentinel. Dean Beckman will be taking a research leave until the end of the school year and resume teaching in the fall.

Duncan is located in Tennesse, where graduates of unaccredited law schools can take the state bar without a degree from an ABA-approved school, so it is possible the school will continue even without the ABA approval. The Duncan Law website accreditation page states that:
On February 24, 2009, the Lincoln Memorial University – Duncan School of Law received approval from the Tennessee Board of Law Examiners rendering graduates eligible to take the Tennessee Bar Examination pursuant to Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 7, Section 2.03.
A Dec. 24, 2011 NYT story referenced "a businessman":
Mr. [Pete] DeBusk, Duncan’s principal backer, appears undaunted. Mr. DeBusk, the founder of a medical device company who was raised in a trailer home in Kentucky, said the school was part of his mission to bring education to the people from the Appalachian Mountains.
The ILB thinks Mr. DeBusk was featured on 60 Minutes, but could be wrong.

[More] The ILB has elected not to address the "gift horse" issue - many firms are getting rid of print books by the truckload; law books are expensive to maintain in a useful status because they must be continually updated; etc.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 6, 2012 03:13 PM
Posted to Indiana Law