Interview on CBS Boston, NightSide with Dan Rea


Listen to the radio interview on the CBS Boston site, in which I discuss, among other topics, the dangerous elasticity of wire fraud and mail fraud, or listen to the embedded audio after the jump.

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Boston Globe letter: Higher Education’s Administrator Overload


While in recent weeks the Boston Globe has penned a number of stories about the rising costs of higher education, the articles ignore one of the most significant factors behind the inflation of tuition: the massive student-life bureaucracy taking over the institutions. In a letter to the editor published today, I write how these bureaucracies not only siphon off money better used for education, but they also fuel the increasingly disturbing tyranny exerted over the daily lives, and beliefs, of students.

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What Yale's President Should Have Said about the Frat Boys


No one can deny that Yale University is in a difficult position. In late March, the Department of Education began investigating the New Haven campus for allegedly maintaining a sexually hostile environment. Last month, Yale enacted changes to lower the standard of proof in sexual assault cases, and last week, College Dean Mary Miller announced that a fraternity would be banned for five years, a result of an incident last fall in which pledges shouted sexually-graphic chants. Yale, under pressure from Washington, is by all appearances capitulating. It didn’t have to. On Minding the Campus, my research assistant Kyle Smeallie and I explain how Yale President Richard Levin could have stood tall, on behalf of educators and liberal arts institutions (and their students) everywhere, in the face of Washington’s unwelcome—and ultimately destructive—intrusion.

"What Yale's President Should Have Said about the Frat Boys," Minding the Campus (May 23, 2011)

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Liability Reigns Supreme at the Corporate University


Campus administrators, alas, have become true believers in the mantra of "risk management." But in guarding against every potential exposure to threats of litigation, no matter how specious, university lawyers and administrators squeeze important elements out of academic life and learning, as well as moral and educational principles, from the collegiate experience. Enter the Department of Education's "Dear Colleague" letter sent nationwide earlier this month, which mandates changes in how universities should investigate instances of sexual harassment--including those that involve student speech.

Now, at the intersection of protected speech and so-called verbal "harassment," administrators have all the more incentive to favor the latter at the expense of the former, I write on Forbes.com. Rather than fight these incursions into the academic enterprise, we can count on academic leaders and administrators, and their lawyers, to fold. The days of principled stands by academic leaders appear to have ended because of those leaders' modern-day obsession with making every student's college experience pleasant.

"Liability Reigns Supreme at the Corporate University," Forbes.com (April 22, 2011)

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An Informant in Our Midst


It was shocking enough, in the course of representing one Sheldon Seigel, a member of the feared Jewish Defense League (JDL) accused, with other JDL members, of a bombing-murder in 1972, that our client turned out to be a government informant. But it was even more shocking to learn that our informant-client had tape-recorded the law enforcement agents who were making promises to him that they might not have intended to keep.
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