Adjunct Law Prof Blog

Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The American Dream

An interesting Op Ed. in the December 8, 2016 NY Times, here attempts to quantify a phrase we always here-"The American Dream."

So what is the American Dream? According to this author, it is to have a better standard of living than your parents. The article is full of economic analysis and includes a chart showing that for someone born in 1980 they only have a 50% chance of making more than their parents. As the article states:

                    The resulting research is among the most eye-opening economics work in recent years. You’ve probably                     heard some of the findings even if  you don’t realize it. They have shown that the odds of escaping poverty                     vary widely by region, for instance, an insight that has influenced federal housing policy.

                    After the research began appearing, I mentioned to Chetty, a Stanford professor, and his colleagues that I                     thought they had a chance to do something no one yet had: create an index of the American dream. It took                     them months of work, using old Census data to estimate long-ago decades, but they have done it. They’ve                     constructed a data set that shows the percentage of American children who earn more money — and                     less money — than their parents earned at the same age.

                    The index is deeply alarming. It’s a portrait of an economy that disappoints a huge number of people who                     have heard that they live in a country where life gets better, only to experience something quite different.

                    Their frustration helps explain not only this year’s disturbing presidential campaign but also Americans’                     growing distrust of nearly every major societal institution, including the federal government, corporate                     America, labor unions, the news media and organized religion.

                    Yet the data also helps point the way to some promising solutions.

I am not a fan of economic statistical analysis, but this article makes an interesting read. Frankly, I do not see how the American Dream can be quantified.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein 


December 13, 2016 in Information, News | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, March 18, 2016

Non-JD Program At Hamiline Law School in Cybersecurity and Information Privacy

 Gregory M. Duhl, Rolf and Nancy Engh Distinguished Professor, Mitchell Hamline School of Law writes to inform us of a new non-JD 13 week program which readers may find of interest. A description of the program is below:

The thirteen-week, intensive online certificate program in Cybersecurity and Information Privacy is designed for practicing lawyers who want to develop their privacy and information security expertise or expand their practice areas to advise clients on how cybersecurity law affects business operations.  It is also designed for executives or in-house counsel who need to identify and apply privacy and information security law to make effective decisions.  The program includes courses in information privacy, information systems, risk management, and data breach liability. Professionals who enroll in the program watch lectures from nationally recognized experts, participate in discussions, and complete practical hands-on exercises. The program description can be found here:


Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 18, 2016 in Information, Law Schools | Permalink | Comments (3)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Can Labor Turn Out The Vote

Readers may be interested in this NY Times article by former NY Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse entitled Can Labor Still Turn Out The Vote. As the article states:

With its shrinking ranks, organized labor, which tilts strongly Democratic, was already struggling to compete with Republican-leaning “super PACs” financed by wealthy conservatives like the Koch brothers, who have vowed with their allies to spend $889 million on this election. Now the labor movement is being buffeted by another force: Donald J. Trump, whose attacks on trade deals, illegal immigrants, Chinese imports and the shifting of jobs overseas are winning over white, blue-collar workers.

Can a weakened labor movement still provide the money, voters and get-out-the-vote muscle to elect the Democratic nominee in crucial swing states, as it has in the past?


Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 6, 2016 in Information, Unions | Permalink | Comments (1)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

BA in Law

The University of Arizona has become the first college in the nation to offer a BA in law. A Findlaw article about the program, which still requires the student to attend law school if they want to be a lawyer, is available here. A press release from the school is available here

Personally, I think it is a good idea. It may give a student some idea whether they really would like to become a lawyer. I also think that legal concepts are important in a whole host of fields where people work with lawyers as clients. I am thinking of accountants, insurance agents, real estate brokers and even labor relations professionals.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

August 27, 2014 in Colleges, Information | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


The BLS just published a report researchers may find of interest and very useful. As the report states:

This report describes the labor force characteristics and

earnings patterns among the largest race and ethnicity

groups living in the United States—Whites, Blacks, Asians,

and Hispanics—and provides detailed data through a set

of supporting tables. The report also includes a limited

amount of data for American Indians and Alaska Natives

and for Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders,

people who are of Two or More Races, detailed Hispanic

ethnicity and, for the first time, detailed Asian groups.

Among the interesting statistics, Whites make up 79% of the workforce while Blacks and Asians make up 12% and 6%. The report can be downloaded at no charge here.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein




August 26, 2014 in Information, Legal Research, Misc., Legal, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Best Paying Jobs of 2014

Yahoo Finance posted an interesting article about the best paying jobs of 2014. They report on a survey done by the job portal which utilized data from the BLS. Below is a useful chart published by Yahoo:



August 19, 2014 in Information, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, December 6, 2013

41st Conference -National Center For Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Ed

The 41st Annual Conference by the National Center For The Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education will be held April 6 to 8th at Hunter College. 

I have gone to this conference and it is run well. This year's program features former NLRB Chair Wilma Liebman as well as a host of other experts. The program will be held in CUNY's graduate center. 

Other important topics which may be of interest to readers include  

 Research Panel: The Impact of the Use of Contingent Faculty on Higher Education Results
Michelle Kiss, Executive Assistant, Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, California State University System 
Dan Maxey, Dean's Fellow in Urban Education Policy, Pullias Center for Higher Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California 
Hongwei Yu, Research Assistant, University of Illinois, Champaign, Office of Community College Research 
Jeffrey Frumkin, Associate Vice Provost and Senior Director, Academic Human Resources, University of Michigan, Moderator

 Collective Bargaining Results Regarding Contingent Faculty 

Ken Hawkinson, Provost and Academic Vice President, Western Illinois University 
Rudy Fichtenbaum, President, American Association of University Professors 
Karen L. Roberts, President, Long Beach Certificated Hourly Instructors-LBCC-CHI/NEA
Holly Lawrence, Secretary, Clerk, Massachusetts Society of Professors/MTA/NEA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst 
Pamela Silverblatt, Vice Chancellor, Labor Relations, City University of New York, Moderator 

Views from Our Community: Labor Strategies in Organizing Contingent Faculty 
Phil Kugler, Special Assistant to the President for Organizing, American Federation of Teachers
Michelle Gallagher, Esq., Consultant for Higher Education, Massachusetts Teachers Association
Harris Freeman, Professor of Legal Research and Writing, Western New England University, Moderator
Panel in Formation

 Views from Our Community: Administrators' Perspectives on the Organizing of Contingent Faculty

Theodore Curry, Associate Provost and Associate Vice President for Academic Human Resources; Professor, School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, Michigan State University
Susan Pearson, Associate Chancellor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Moderator 
Panel in Formation

 International Perspectives on Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Robyn May, Griffith University, Melbourne, Australia
Helen Fairfoul, Chief Executive, Universities and Colleges Employers Association, United Kingdom
Laurence Hopkins, Head of Research, Universities and Colleges Employers Association, United Kingdom
Cindy Oliver, President, Federation of Post-Secondary Educators, British Columbia, Canada
Michael Zweig, Professor and Director, Center for Study of Working Class Life, Stony Brook University, State University of New York, UUP, Moderator

 Legal Issues in Higher Education: Year in Review

Richard Griffin, NLRB General Counsel 
Nicholas DiGiovanni, Esq., Morgan, Brown & Joy 
Aaron Nisenson, Esq., Senior Legal Counsel, American Association of University Professors

 Additional information can be found  by downloading  Download 41st Annual National Conference--Updated Preliminary Program (1)

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

December 6, 2013 in College Professors, Conferences, CLE, Information | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Winning the Lottery, but Keeping Your Job

 Two-thirds of Americans say they would continue working even if they won $10 million in the lottery, a Gallup survey finds.

Would you??

Mitchell H. Rubinstein


September 12, 2013 in Information | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Top Labor Songs

The Nation, of all publications, ran an interesting Sep't. 4, 2011 story for Labor Day which listed the top ten labor songs. No surprise for the top spot. Pete Seeger, “Solidarity Forever”

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

September 6, 2011 in Information | Permalink | Comments (1)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

My 13 Year Old Daughter Needs A Kidney. Can you help?

My 13 year old daughter (seen here in the blue with her sister Mollie (in pink) with my wife Lisa) has a genetic Kidney disease and now needs a Kidney transplant.

In the process of being evaluated to be a donor, it was discovered that I have Kidney disease (polycystic Kidneys) and cannot donate. My wife's blood type does not match. Our other daughter is too young to donate.

Linda's blood type is "O." We are looking for a doner with "O" blood type. If your type "O," other blood tests need to be performed to see if your a match.   

If you think you can help out, please contact me at 

If your unable to be a donor, but know someone that might be, I would appreciate if you could pass this information along.

Linda's sister Mollie created a Facebook page entitled My Little Sister Needs A Kidney which provides additional information about Linda. Mollie also created a You Tube Video which is wonderful.

Thank you very much for caring.

Mitchell Rubinstein  


May 22, 2011 in Information, Misc., Non-Legal | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Article on Sexting

Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D., who is the director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use recently wrote an article on sexting which lawyers and researchers may find of great interest. A pdf version of this article, which spans 23 pages is available here. The article's introduction provides:

The term “sexting” is a combination of two terms “text” and “sex.” The term is being applied to
situations to sending self-created nude or semi-nude sexually provocative images or sexually
explicit text. Most of the focus has been on sending nude images - because these are far more
likely to be more widely disseminated and because the distribution of these images can place
young people at higher risk.2
This document will outline the research findings about this phenomena, discuss the concerns
about current degree of overreaction, address legal issues, and provide recommendations for
changes in criminal statutes and for the establishment of an effective multidisciplinary approach
to investigate and intervene in these situations.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

May 9, 2010 in Articles, Information, Misc., Legal | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Michigan State Ct holds That Personal Email Messages Maintained By Public Body Are Not Subject To FOIA

The Michigan Court of Appeals has held that
personal email messages, including intra-union communication, maintained
on the email server of a public body are not subject to the Michigan
FOIA as they were not written in the exercise of an official function. This appears to be a significant decision.

The case is attached, Download Howell

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

March 11, 2010 in Information, Interesting Cases | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Elementary student in Arkansas vows to refuse to recite Pledge until gays and lesbians attain equal rights

An elementary school student told CNN during an interview that America isn't following the meaning or spirit behind the Pledge of Allegiance, and had decided he won't say the Pledge until gays and lesbians are given the same rights as everyone else. According to Will Phillips, the last line in the Pledge says 'with liberty and justice for all.' But Will says that line is not being applied to people in the gay and lesbian community because they do not enjoy the same rights or liberties as people who are not gay. Will says he has endured taunting and name-calling from fellow students, but he's determined to stand by his First Amendment right to free speech.

Source: KSLA 12 News, 11/17/09, By CNN

January 12, 2010 in Information, Science | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Internet Archive Research

Ever wonder if you could retrieve old postings of web pages on the internet? Well you can and its free! Its called the Wayback Machine. The web site's list of FAQ describes their wonderful service as follows:

What is the Internet Archive Wayback Machine?                              

The Internet Archive Wayback Machine is a service that allows people to visit archived versions of Web sites. Visitors to the Wayback Machine can type in a URL, select a date range, and then begin surfing on an archived version of the Web. Imagine surfing circa 1999 and looking at all the Y2K hype, or revisiting an older version of your favorite Web site. The Internet Archive Wayback Machine can make all of this possible.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

October 30, 2008 in Information | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)