February 15, 2008
Bailout Possible at American Justice School of Law
The ABA Journal is reporting that the American Justice School of Law in Paducah, Ky. which last week had about 25% of its faculty resign in an attempt to ouster the Dean has been issued a loan by Dr. Meriwether , a retired surgeon, to cover immediate expenses and to receive a purchase option to be determined in the next two months. Meriweather says he plans to seek ABA accreditation if he does purchase the school. The buyout has even taken the rather unusual turn of Dr. Meriwether inviting American Justice students to his house to have a meeting to better understand how the students want their school to be run. In conjunction with this loan three top administrators have left the school in what appears to be the beginning of a reorganization of the for profit school. There is also , another prospective buyer in the wings as Paducah attorney, Tom Osborne, is also considering purchasing the law school. Osborne was formerly a director and chairman of the board of American Justice School of Law. [BB]
Editor's Note: With this post, I am delighted to announce that Brian Barnes has joined Law Librarian Blog as a contributing editor. Brian is the Research, Instructional Services & Circulation Librarian at the Mississippi College School of Law Library. He also contributes to the Mississippi Law Blog.
Brian's post is a follow-up to our February 11, 2008 post, More Trouble at the American Justice School of Law. On a personal note, I have worked with some of the present and former staff at AJSL. This is a very difficult time for the School and its students. I have no idea if any of the allegations are true but hopefully the situation will reach a resolution that benefits the student body, staff and law faculty. [JH]
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