Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Presentation is loading. Please wait.

The Hidden Costs of Outsourcing: Why Alaska Needs its Own Law School Timothy R. Watts, J.D. Instructor of Law & Justice The United States shall guarantee.

Similar presentations


Presentation on theme: "The Hidden Costs of Outsourcing: Why Alaska Needs its Own Law School Timothy R. Watts, J.D. Instructor of Law & Justice The United States shall guarantee."— Presentation transcript:

1 The Hidden Costs of Outsourcing: Why Alaska Needs its Own Law School Timothy R. Watts, J.D. Instructor of Law & Justice The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government ….. ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4 Constitution of the United States The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government ….. ARTICLE IV, SECTION 4 Constitution of the United States

2 Before we begina little disclaimer… Any statements made, views expressed, or opinions given represent my personal views and opinions alone. Any statements made, views expressed, or opinions given represent my personal views and opinions alone. None of these statements, views, or opinions given by me (nor any of the information appearing on these slides) are endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect, the opinions of the University of Alaska, UAA, nor any other colleges or organizations affiliated with these institutions. None of these statements, views, or opinions given by me (nor any of the information appearing on these slides) are endorsed by, nor do they necessarily reflect, the opinions of the University of Alaska, UAA, nor any other colleges or organizations affiliated with these institutions.

3 Re-introducing and Old Debate Alaska is the only state in the U.S. without its own law school. Alaska is the only state in the U.S. without its own law school. North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming each have a law school and a lower population. North Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming each have a law school and a lower population. So why dont we have one? So why dont we have one? Do you really want more lawyers around? Do you really want more lawyers around?

4 Objections anyone? Lawyer A Lawyer A I objectquestion is leading! I objectquestion is leading! Lawyer B Lawyer B I object too! Question has been asked and answered! I object too! Question has been asked and answered! Legal Scholar A: Wait! Maybe we should research this first….. Legal Scholar A: Wait! Maybe we should research this first…..

5 Number of Active & Resident Lawyers Per Capita by State Light Greenfewer lawyers hanging around Dark Greenmore likely to find lawyers wherever you go…

6 Lawyers by State (Data is as follows: State -- Population -- # of Lawyers -- # of Lawyers per 10,000 otherwise normal residents) 1.D.C.632,32351, New York9,570,261163, Massachusetts6,646,14442, Connecticut3,590,34720, Illinois12,875,25560, New Jersey 8,864,59040, Minnesota 5,379,13923, California 38,041,430159, Missouri6,021,98824, Colorado5,187,58220, Louisiana4,601,89318, Rhode Island1,050,2924, Pennsylvania12,763,53648, Maryland5,884,56322, Vermont626,0112, Puerto Rico3,706,69013, Florida19,317,56866, Washington6,897,01223, Michigan9,883,36033, Oklahoma3,814,82012, Alaska731,4492, Ohio11,544,22537, Oregon3,899,35312, Delaware917,0922, Source: Lawyer Statistical Report & Law School Tuition Bubble Blog

7 Incoming……..

8 Employed Lawyers by State 41New Mexico2,033,8753, New Mexico2,033,8753, Michigan9,931,23514, Michigan9,931,23514, Iowa3,023,0814, Iowa3,023,0814, South Carolina4,596,9586, South Carolina4,596,9586, North Carolina9,458,88813, North Carolina9,458,88813, Indiana6,445,2959, Indiana6,445,2959, Alaska708, Alaska708, Wyoming547, Wyoming547, Oregon3,855,5365, Oregon3,855,5365, Mississippi2,960,4673, Mississippi2,960,4673, Puerto Rico3,721,9783, Puerto Rico3,721,9783, Source: Lawyer Statistical Report & Law School Tuition Bubble Blog

9 Idle Attorneys by State 1 Puerto Rico13,2823,9499, % 1 Puerto Rico13,2823,9499, % 2 Alaska2, , % 2 Alaska2, , % 3 New York157,778 66,695 91, % 3 New York157,778 66,695 91, % 4 Oregon11,7665,0496, % 4 Oregon11,7665,0496, % 5 Michigan32,73114,79017, % 5 Michigan32,73114,79017, % 6 Connecticut20,3099,20811, % 6 Connecticut20,3099,20811, %…… 44 D.C.49,20741,6697, % 44 D.C.49,20741,6697, % Source: Lawyer Statistical Report & Law School Tuition Bubble Blog

10 Why so many idle attorneys? When idle attorneys are excluded, Alaska has among the fewest attorneys per capita in the U.S. When idle attorneys are excluded, Alaska has among the fewest attorneys per capita in the U.S. With its relatively large proportion of governmental employers, this result seems counterintuitive. With its relatively large proportion of governmental employers, this result seems counterintuitive. There appears to be a high number of otherwise qualified attorneys that do not practice. There appears to be a high number of otherwise qualified attorneys that do not practice.

11 A Law School as a Public Good Alaska appears to be singular in this respectis has no internally trained lawyers (focused on Alaska law), while still having lawyers coming into the state but choosing other work. Alaska appears to be singular in this respectis has no internally trained lawyers (focused on Alaska law), while still having lawyers coming into the state but choosing other work. Alaskas prevailing rates cannot attract a sufficient number of lawyers to practice. Alaskas prevailing rates cannot attract a sufficient number of lawyers to practice. Does this relate to the failure to maintain a body of knowledge dedicated to furthering and improving the practice of law and judicial decision-making? Does this relate to the failure to maintain a body of knowledge dedicated to furthering and improving the practice of law and judicial decision-making? Is the routine practice of law in Alaska weakened as a result of the dearth of scholarship typically relied on by practitioners to better use their time? Is the routine practice of law in Alaska weakened as a result of the dearth of scholarship typically relied on by practitioners to better use their time? Does the dearth of scholarship result in lower quality lawyering, and as a result, judicial decision-making? Does the dearth of scholarship result in lower quality lawyering, and as a result, judicial decision-making?

12 Ummm… Okay, you are trying to convince me we need a law school, right? Not just me: Early this year, Rep. Scott Kawasaki (D–Fairbanks) introduced a bill, HB 43, to create the UA School of Medicine and the UA School of Law at the Fairbanks and Anchorage campuses. Alaska needs more skilled professionals in medicine and law, Kawasaki explains. The costs for medical and legal services will only continue to grow unless Alaska makes changes today, and preparing Alaskans to meet that demand and fill those high- paying jobs is a great first step. (I dont think his bill has gone far…. But it keeps the discussion going.

13 House Bill No. 43

14 We have been talking about this since statehoodwhy now? Or ever? The questions of Alaska law and medical schools keeps coming up. The questions of Alaska law and medical schools keeps coming up. However, not only have Alaskans been considering itstudies have been done on the question. However, not only have Alaskans been considering itstudies have been done on the question. Most recently by ISER Most recently by ISER Answer is always basically the samewe have enough doctors and (especially) lawyers. Answer is always basically the samewe have enough doctors and (especially) lawyers.

15 How Should Alaska Invest is Citizens Money On higher education? On higher education? On a law school? On a law school? On a medical school? On a medical school? Is each question the same, essentially, does supply meets demand for graduates ? Is each question the same, essentially, does supply meets demand for graduates ?

16 Depends on the purpose of each… Do law schools and medical schools, for example, serve different functions? Do law schools and medical schools, for example, serve different functions? Have we considered all the costs of foregoing each of these? Have we considered all the costs of foregoing each of these? Is there any reason why we should approach each question differently? Is there any reason why we should approach each question differently?

17 Beyond the Numbers: Our States Duty to its Citizens Under our constitutionally guaranteed republican form of government, each state has a duty to its citizens to assure that its laws are studied and improved through scholarly works and the teaching of law to its citizens who desire to learn it. Under our constitutionally guaranteed republican form of government, each state has a duty to its citizens to assure that its laws are studied and improved through scholarly works and the teaching of law to its citizens who desire to learn it. Seen that way, Alaska should be among the first, rather than the last, to recognize the importance that a law school has to the furthering of its own state's lawgiven that it holds a unique place in the United States. Seen that way, Alaska should be among the first, rather than the last, to recognize the importance that a law school has to the furthering of its own state's lawgiven that it holds a unique place in the United States. Alaskans deserve scholarly attention to the laws of their home state law and the benefits that come from it. Alaskans deserve scholarly attention to the laws of their home state law and the benefits that come from it. Any cost/benefit analysis that asks this larger question would return a clear answer: built itit has been too long in coming. Any cost/benefit analysis that asks this larger question would return a clear answer: built itit has been too long in coming. The teaching and learning of Alaska law cannot and should not outsourced. Nor should the standards to which it adheres. The teaching and learning of Alaska law cannot and should not outsourced. Nor should the standards to which it adheres.


Download ppt "The Hidden Costs of Outsourcing: Why Alaska Needs its Own Law School Timothy R. Watts, J.D. Instructor of Law & Justice The United States shall guarantee."

Similar presentations


Ads by Google