Recent Issues

April 2008 Issue

Cover Story

The Rankings Czar

Tropical Storm Allison blasted through Houston killing 22 people, flattening homes and drenching the University of Houston Law Center in mud and floods. That was 2001, closing out Nancy Rapo­port’s first year as law school dean.

“Our computers survived only because our IT director risked his life to move classroom PCs to higher floors through the night of the storm,” Rapoport says.

The faculty and staff—some of whom lost their own homes—removed debris from buildings, scrounged supplies and aided students displaced by the storm. Despite the stress, Rapoport was exhilarated by the camaraderie. She never shed one tear of frustration.

Maybe that’s why her tears at a meet­ing with students and faculty six years later became a law school legend. The school had learned, just a week earlier, that it had fallen five spots (to 70th) in U.S. News & World Report’s annual law school rankings.

Distraught faculty and students wrote scathing critiques of her performance on blogs and computer bulletin boards, noting the school had plummeted nearly 20 spots during her six-year tenure.

Rapoport resigned.

Feature Section

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ABA Connection

Making the Case for Change

Recent developments are affecting how commercial cases are litigated in the federal courts.

McElhaney on Litigation

Rejiggering Jury Selection

Associates

Rut or Role?

President's Message

An Investment in Our Future

Report from Governmental Affairs

Court Call

Precedents

April 19, 1995

Letters to the Editor

Making Waves, Seeking Balance