Protest Commenced by Ethan Haines on Behalf of Law Students and Recent Law Graduates; Targets Ten Prominent Law Schools Across the Country.
On August 5, 2010, Ethan Haines, self-designated J.D. Class Representative, emailed an Official Notice of Hunger Strike to administrators of ten randomly selected law schools ranked in the Top 100 of the 2010 U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings. These schools were selected because they stand to gain the most from keeping the current rankings structure in place.
Ethan intends to bring awareness to the concerns of law students and recent law graduates by having them addressed by law school administrators. Their primary concerns are inaccurate employment statistics, ineffective career counseling, and rising tuition costs. The strike was motivated by a recent American Bar Association (ABA) investigate Report, which concluded that educational leaders are unable to timely combat the adverse affects of U.S. News' rankings on legal education.
The Notice sets forth two conditions that administrators can satisfy to end Ethan's hunger strike. One condition is to provide written confirmation of their intent to cooperate with the Law School Transparency (LST) organization's information request regarding employment statistics. Ethan is not affiliated with LST, but is an avid supporter of the cause and intends to forward the compliance statements to the organization.
The following law schools received an Official Notice of Hunger Strike from Ethan Haines on August 5:
1. University of Pennsylvania Law School (Philadelphia, PA)
2. Fordham University School of Law (New York, NY)
3. William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI)
4. Florida State University College of Law (Tallahassee, FL)
5. American University Washington College of Law (DC)
The remaining five law schools will be announced Friday, August 6, on the blog http://www.unemployedJD.com. The blog chronicles Ethan's hunger strike, dealings with law school administrators, and will feature personal stories from law students and recent law graduates. A Twitter petition (http://twitition.com/wqtfs) is also circulating the internet in support of the cause.