Lerach joins the Ranks of Ex-Cons and Disgraced Lawyers Teaching Law
by Kai Falkenberg
Bill Lerach the former class action lawyer released from prison last month may soon be teaching at UC-Irvine law school. Lerach, who served a two year sentence for paying kickbacks to lead plaintiffs, is apparently developing a course called "Regulation of Free Market Capitalism -- Why Have We Failed?" He won't be the only ex-con or disgraced lawyer among the nation's law school faculty. It seems, they're a sought after bunch.
- Bernadine Dohrn. The former member of the Weather Underground, has been on the law faculty at Northwestern for decades. She was once on the FBI's 10 Most Wanted List and served seven months in prison for refusing to testify before a grand jury investigating a robbery.
- Lynne Stewart. The radical lawyer, convicted in 2005 of assisting terrorism, was invited by Hofstra Law School to lecture on legal ethics during an October 2007 legal conference. She is now incarcerated at the MCC in Manhattan, awaiting re-sentencing this summer.
- Eliot Spitzer. The disgraced former NY governor taught a class called "Law and Public Policy" at City College during the fall 2009 term.
- Jim McGreevey. The ex-NJ governor who resigned after admitting to an affair with a male staffer taught a course on ethics, law and leadership at Kean University back in 2007. He's now in training to become an Episcopal priest at a church in Hoboken, NJ.