Tulane Law Post-Katrina:
Tulane lawprof John Eason offers a reflection about the recent past, present, and future of Tulane Law School over at TaxProfBlog. Hat tip: Dan Markel.
Mikeyes (mail):
This is an important story for me since I am a graduate of the Tulane Medical School (which is still in Houston)and the healthcare system in NO is "one major catastrophe away from failure." The law school is leading the way for a return to some kind of normalcy in the university and by extension the whole city since Tulane is the largest employer in New Orleans.

If the Law school and the university as a whole (88% of the students returned this semester)are reconstituting, then there is hope that both the cultural identity and the vital infrastructure will return somewhat intact. It is most likely that most of the lower income residents will not be able to afford to rebuild (NO had one of the highest percentages of black home ownership in the country) and there does not seem to be any effort made to help this group of citizens. This will remove a lot of what makes NO unique: the food, the ambience, the language, the music, etc. Of course there will be those who say that the crime statistics will improve, too, but that is only speculation.

My wife spent three weeks there (she is a Tulane medical school and Newcomb graduate) and she was devastated by the destruction. Nothing green survived in a city noted for its semi-tropical atmosphere. Large neighborhoods were utterly destroyed, especially near the levee break (which includes both the ninth ward and the Lakeside - read rich - area.) I doubt many had insurance to cover the flood damage. My concern is that corruption will rule the restructuring of the city and you will see New Orleas Lite show up with many condos and none of the diverse and interesting cultures that used to be there. (Another issue is where will the workers for the tourist industry live since there will be limited housing that they can afford?)

I applaud the Law school for what they have done and feel proud to be a Tulane graduate.
2.9.2006 11:02am
Jared K.:
I'm applying to schools for the fall of 2006, and as I'm sure many of you know, I have been receiving a healthy amount of promotional material. I was especially struck by a postcard Tulane sent me in the fall, near the beginning of the application cycle. It has two identical pictures of the law school, stating "Before" under one and "After" under the other. On the back it says "Three weeks after hurricane Katrina, Tulane Law School is the same highly respected center of learning that it was before. [...]"
I was just really impressed by the way they took the whole situation and addressed it right away.
2.9.2006 11:33am
Jack S. (mail) (www):
Loving it back here in NOLA. Lines are a bit long at the PJ's coffee shop on campus, but that won't last once the other shops open back up. Classes are top notch this semester, some with very small groups making the learning experience bar none. Not all classes are like that, nor will they continue to be so, but even if/when they return to pre-Katrina levels I believe the quality will not go down.

I know there's still lots of problems to be solved, and that my experience is not shared by everyone, but I can't think of one returning law or undergrad student that I've spoken to who has complained.

I'll reiterate previous comments I've made about a quote by Senator Frosh of the Maryland State Legislature printed in the Washington Post.

"My wife noted the other day that we don't even know if any good hospitals are open," said Maryland state Sen. Brian E. Frosh, whose daughter decided not to apply to Tulane.

To which I can only respond : If you're going to base your decisions on what CNN tells you without seeing it yourself firsthand, just stay where you are, NOLA doesn't want you anyway.
2.9.2006 12:07pm