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Lawyer Education Fabrication - Bar Complaint?

My super-boomer attorney has Princeton listed as his alma ma massivelydelicious07/24/18
Probably a public reprimand - nothing, really, but a black m dingbat07/25/18
Per dingbat, drop the dime. They'd do it to you in a heartb esquirewalletsmatter07/25/18
Listed as his law degree? Or just as his alma mater? therewillbeblood07/25/18
Report it anonymously and watch the fire. He'll probably jus isthisit07/25/18
They will probably tell him to change it and that will be th fettywap07/25/18
Did he go there for undergrad or get some other credential t flharfh07/25/18
So I can't win a suit against him for an unfavorable outcome massivelydelicious07/25/18
If he went to Princeton undergrad and Touro law school, ther wolfenstein07/25/18
Elite UG -> 4th tier JD is rare, but it does happen. Maybe t onehell07/25/18
massivelydelicious (Jul 24, 2018 - 11:47 pm)

My super-boomer attorney has Princeton listed as his alma mater on his firm's web page. Turns out he went to Touro. What favorable repercussions can arise from this?

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dingbat (Jul 25, 2018 - 12:37 am)

Probably a public reprimand - nothing, really, but a black mark for the next problem
Just drop an anonymous complaint, or have a friend do it if your state doesn't allow anonymous complaints. Boomer will be one step closer from involuntary retirement

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esquirewalletsmatter (Jul 25, 2018 - 8:00 am)

Per dingbat, drop the dime. They'd do it to you in a heartbeat. Time's up.

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therewillbeblood (Jul 25, 2018 - 9:00 am)

Listed as his law degree? Or just as his alma mater?

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isthisit (Jul 25, 2018 - 8:56 am)

Report it anonymously and watch the fire. He'll probably just get a reprimand.

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fettywap (Jul 25, 2018 - 9:37 am)

They will probably tell him to change it and that will be the end of it.

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flharfh (Jul 25, 2018 - 11:46 am)

Did he go there for undergrad or get some other credential there, or is it a straight up lie?

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massivelydelicious (Jul 25, 2018 - 12:19 pm)

So I can't win a suit against him for an unfavorable outcome in the case? Like, saying that I wouldn't have gone with him if I had known he was a Tuoro loser vs. a Princeton man?

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wolfenstein (Jul 25, 2018 - 12:41 pm)

If he went to Princeton undergrad and Touro law school, there is nothing for you complain about (especially since Princeton does not have a law school - which is well-known enough to make Princeton Law the butt of many jokes). However, if he really did that (B.A. Princeton + J.D. Touro) he is crazy. That particular degree combo is so unlikely though, I don't believe it exists IRL.

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onehell (Jul 25, 2018 - 2:31 pm)

Elite UG -> 4th tier JD is rare, but it does happen. Maybe they went to law school later in life after having kids and stuff and couldn't relocate just for prestige, and/or maybe they had connections to hire them who just needed them to have a license and didn't care where they got their JD.

And in any case, OP described this lawyer as a boomer. In his day, prestige probably didn't matter nearly as much as it does now. Back in the day, there wasn't anywhere near the kind of disparity in pay or exit opps between biglaw and everything else that there is now, nor were there nearly as many law schools, and student loan debt was negligible or nonexistent.

We all know how there really is no such thing as a "bad" medical school in the USA; getting into any of them will take you far and almost no one fails to match into residency unless the school is one of the ones in the Caribbean. It was probably more like that back in the day because supply and demand were in much better sync. Similarly, back then, getting into ANY law school was a significant accomplishment. USNWR rank didn't even exist yet and the phenomenon where half the law schools out there are almost to the point of being open-admission was decades away. Back then, the idea that anyone who could finish a BA (in anything, from anywhere) could be admitted to law school and allowed to take on 200k of government-issued or guaranteed debt to attend would have been inconceivable. Plus, the proportion of people that even completed a bachelor degree was much smaller to begin with.

Even having a non-elite BA back then was a somewhat big deal. Having a JD in 1965 or whatever would've put you in a very rarified group no matter where the JD was from.

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