The so-called “empty chair” defense represents a means for the defendant to deny responsibility for causing the victim’s harm by alleging that (some or all of) it was instead caused by someone else who is not a party to the litigation.
Everyone knows that the annual US News & World Report “league tables” that purport to rank American law schools are deeply flawed. US News, of course, likes to keep up the pretense of statistical validity by periodically assuring us that it doesn’t just stick a pin in a sheet of paper,
There have been calls for reform of the law school curriculum ever since law schools were created. Since the Great Recession hit in the late noughties, those calls have grown to a clamor. Yet many of those calls share a feature that is quite extraordinary — and even more so because it is a feature that has been consistently overlooked or ignored.