Wednesday, October 30, 2019

End Law Porn: Save a Tree, Stop Global Warming, Save the Planet

Every year, in late September and early October, it starts to get cooler, the leaves turn into bright colors--and law porn starts to appear in everyone's mailboxes.  Law porn, for those who still haven't checked their mailboxes since May, is academic marketing waste.  It is a brochure from law school A proclaiming to the world how they prepare students to be practice-ready.  It is a postcard from law school B declaring that they have the best program in medieval Icelandic law in the nation.  Why do law schools send out law porn?  To improve their rank in U.S. News!  (Haven't you been paying attention.)  But, it has absolutely no effect on any law school's rank.  Why not?  Because all recipients of law porn throw it in the waste basket, usually by their secretaries' desks.  In other words, Nobody Reads Law Porn.  NOBODY.

Now, a group of law professors has recognized that law porn is environmental waste.  It kills trees, it fills up landfills, and it is the number three cause of global warming.  Maybe the last sentence is a little exaggerated, but law porn does contribute to environmental waste.  So, several law professors have started a petition to cut down on law school porn.  You can find the petition at Law Prof Pledge To Reduce Academic Marketing Waste.

I would go further than the petition.  We should not just reduce law porn; we should eliminate it completely.  As I said above, nobody reads it.  Moreover, in this modern age, with all kinds of great gadgets, marketing materials can be sent by email.  (Not that I'm happy to get spam in my email.)

Law professors are supposed to be overwhelmingly liberal.  A major part of the liberal agenda is to reduce global warming.  Yet the law schools we work for spew out environmental waste.  (Spew is definitely the right verb here.)

Stopping law porn is not going to save the planet by itself.  But, if everyone does their small bit, it adds up.

Stop Law Porn Now!!!

(Scott Fruehwald)

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