The National Law Journal and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog recently interviewed Prof. Ben Trachtenberg about recent ethical controversies resulting in “pretty significant” bar sanctions for two former law school officials. Prof. Trachtenberg caught the national news media’s attention with his June law review article, “Law School Marketing and Legal Ethics,” which argues that misleading law school marketing justified the imposition of bar discipline on participating lawyers.
Last month, Villanova Law’s former dean was suspended from the practice of law for three years for knowingly giving incorrect law school admissions data to both the American Bar Association and U.S. News & World Report. In addition, a former admissions dean at Illinois was reprimanded by the bar for falsifying the credentials of the school’s incoming law students (LSAT scores and undergraduate GPAs) and for not properly supervising his subordinates.
In the Wall Street Journal article, Prof. Trachtenberg stated that attorney disciplinary boards are usually more lenient when sanctioning lawyers for misconduct than they were to the former Villanova dean, unless the lawyer was convicted of a crime or found to have misused client money.