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Corrupt business owners, unscrupulous local politicians, impossible odds and a highly unconventional student body are just a few of the obstacles faced by Lawrence R. Velvel, as he packs up his home of 16 years and heads north to become Dean of a brand new law school in Lowell, Massachusetts. When nothing in Lowell turns out to be what it first appears, Velvel and a handful of law students are forced to choose between giving up on their life long dream, and attempting the impossible. This page turning story of the little law school that did is a classic David and Goliath tale, pitting the working class taxi drivers, bank tellers and contractors with the dream of creating a better life for themselves, against wealthy business men, former US Senators, even The American Bar Association. It is a tale of the everyman overcoming adversity and achieving the impossible. It is a true story. "...an inspiring book..." Howard Zinn "A superb book, more compelling than most novels or movie scripts..." Michael Parenti

Corrupt business owners, unscrupulous local politicians, impossible odds and a highly unconventional student body are just a few of the obstacles faced by Lawrence R. Velvel, as he packs up his home of 16 years and heads north to become Dean of a brand new law school in Lowell, Massachusetts. When nothing in Lowell turns out to be what it first appears, Velvel and a handful of law students are forced to choose between giving up on their life long dream, and attempting the impossible. This page turning story of the little law school that did is a classic David and Goliath tale, pitting the working class taxi drivers, bank tellers and contractors with the dream of creating a better life for themselves, against wealthy business men, former US Senators, even The American Bar Association. It is a tale of the everyman overcoming adversity and achieving the impossible. It is a true story. "...an inspiring book..." Howard Zinn "A superb book, more compelling than most novels or movie scripts..." Michael Parenti
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Corrupt business owners, unscrupulous local politicians, impossible odds and a highly unconventional student body are just a few of the obstacles faced by Lawrence R. Velvel, as he packs up his home of 16 years and heads north to become Dean of a brand new law school in Lowell, Massachusetts. When nothing in Lowell turns out to be what it first appears, Velvel and a handful of law students are forced to choose between giving up on their life long dream, and attempting the impossible. This page turning story of the little law school that did is a classic David and Goliath tale, pitting the working class taxi drivers, bank tellers and contractors with the dream of creating a better life for themselves, against wealthy business men, former US Senators, even The American Bar Association. It is a tale of the everyman overcoming adversity and achieving the impossible. It is a true story. "...an inspiring book..." Howard Zinn "A superb book, more compelling than most novels or movie scripts..." Michael Parenti

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English


Episodes

Chapter 9, The Tide Starts To Turn, Part 3 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/23/2007
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-In this episode: By the spring of 2000 the tide appeared to finally have turned. Fourteen years after it had first opened its doors, MSL boasted 1500 graduates who had gone on to careers in law, politics, real estate, education, law enforcement... the list goes on a

Duration: 00:32:18


Chapter 9, The Tide Starts To Turn, Part 2 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/22/2007
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-In this episode: At his invitation, MSL brings their case to Senator Kennedy's office one more time, but come to realize that their initial faith in justice amounted to no more than pure naivete. Beaten, but not defeated, MSL realizes that if it is to survive, it mu

Duration: 00:33:01


Chapter 9, The Tide Starts To Turn, Part 1 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/21/2007
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-In this episode: MSL continues to fight the ABA in the courts as well as with the US Department of Justice, but time and again finds that political agendas and incompetence thwarting their efforts. Finally MSL turns to Senator Ted Kennedy just as Congress is preparin

Duration: 00:32:21


Chapter 8, MSL vs ABA, Part 3 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/20/2007
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-In this episode: MSL takes its case all the way to the White House, and believes it finally has an ally in the form of the Anti-Trust Division of The United States Department of Justice. With the DOJ firmly on their side, MSL must finally prevail...but would they?

Duration: 00:28:10


Chapter 8, MSL vs ABA, Part 2 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/19/2007
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-In this episode: When a lawyer from The US Department of Justice informs MSL that not only had the DOJ procured evidence that proved the ABA's antitrust conspiracy, but that the judge presiding over MSL's antitrust case had not fully disclosed his involvement with th

Duration: 00:37:41


Chapter 8, MSL vs ABA, Part 1 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/18/2007
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-In this episode: In a dimly lit modern court room, MSL's anti-trust case against the ABA finally begins. The Judge, J. William Ditter Jr. claims to never have thought about the issues involved in MSL's conspiracy suit, however it soon becomes clear that Ditter is fa

Duration: 00:23:27


Chapter 7, ABA Inspection, Part 3 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/17/2007
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-In this episode: From the Board of Governors, to The Department of Justice, to The Department of Education, and finally to the ABA House of Delegates, MSL pursues their accreditation case against the ABA. Has the case been stacked against them from the start, or has

Duration: 00:26:03


Chapter 7, ABA Inspection, Part 2 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/16/2007
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-In this episode: The ABA report finally arrives and what Velvel reads makes him physically ill. Never content to suffer the slings and arrows however, Velvel and the MSL faculty swiftly switch back into offensive gear. Meanwhile the mystery of the law school fire a

Duration: 00:27:58


Chapter 7, ABA Inspection, Part 1 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/15/2007
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-In this episode: In 1992 the faculty at MSL spent six months researching and writing a 500 page self study that they considered a valuable discourse on legal education. Entitled "The Deeply Unsatisfactory Nature of Legal Education Today". But would their

Duration: 00:31:24


Chapter 6, American Bar Association, Part 3 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/14/2007
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-In this episode: Could MSL satisfy the ABA standards without sacrificing everything MSl stands for, or in order to survive must they turn MSL into another eilitist law school? Although the ABA claimed to applaud innovative and diverse law schools, a visit by the ABA

Duration: 00:33:16


Chapter 6, American Bar Association, Part 2 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/13/2007
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-In this episode: By the spring of 1991 MSL's enrollment had surged and the school had put down a million dollars on a beautiful new red brick building. It was time, thought Velvel and Coyne, to seek accreditation from the ABA. But the more they learn about the ABA

Duration: 00:22:28


Chapter 6, American Bar Association, Part 1 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/12/2007
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-In this episode: Despite a longstanding history of classism and snobbery in the legal profession, Velvel becomes more determined than ever to create a school that would belie commonly accepted stereotypes about and who and what makes up a lawyer. Meanwhile MSL's fir

Duration: 00:24:23


Chapter 5, Forged by Fire, Part 3 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/11/2007
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-In this episode: Whoosh! At 12:38 am on October 22, 1989, the MSL library explodes into flames. The evidence points soundly to arson, but who hates MSL so much that they are willing to risk their safety and future in an attempt to burn down the building? And could

Duration: 00:26:34


Chapter 5, Forged by Fire, Part 2 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/10/2007
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-In this episode: As Commonwealth struggles to survive, and Tsongas tries to wield his influence to bring a Law School to Lowell, Velvel and MSL find themselves drawn into a bigger and tougher battle than they had ever imagined.

Duration: 00:22:54


Chapter 5, Forged by Fire, Part 1 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/9/2007
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-In this episode: Amidst intense pressure on MSL to merge with Commonwealth, former Senator Paul Tsongas, Chairman of Commonwealth's Board of Trustees, is named Chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Regents. Tsongas' new position places him in charge of determining w

Duration: 00:24:55


Chapter 4, Birth of a Law School, Part 2 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/8/2007
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-In this episode: After months of endless, determined work The Massachusetts School of Law finally opens its doors. But soon after, former senator, Paul Tsongas, determined to bring a law school to Lowell, joins the board at their rival, Commonwealth. Can the outsider

Duration: 00:27:45


Chapter 4, Birth of a Law School, Part 1 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/7/2007
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-In this episode: Exhausted, broke, and disillusioned, Commonwealth students don't know were to turn next. Velvel, on the other hand, is staking everything he owns on a new law school. Is there room for both in The Merrimack Valley?

Duration: 00:31:55


Chapter 3, Black Saturday, Part 2 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/6/2007
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-In this episode: As President Michael Boland's past begins to come to light and his paranoia increases, Velvel finds his career, even his future, at stake. Could he, and the determined CSL students, attempt the impossible?

Duration: 00:27:33


Chapter 3, Black Saturday, Part 1 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/5/2007
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-In this episode: Packing up home, family and a sixteen year career in Washington DC, Velvel heads north to Lowell, Massachusetts to begin his new life as Dean of Commonwealth School of Law. But would the new dean succeed in fixing the ailing CSL, or did the schools'

Duration: 00:30:02


Chapter 2, The Dean, Part 2 - Against The Tide - MP3 edition

2/4/2007
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-In this episode: Amidst the national uproar of the Vietnam War, the sentencing of The Chicago Seven, and the horror of Kent State, Velvel finds himself labeled as an "enemy of the state" in conservative, 1960's Kansas.

Duration: 00:39:47

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