What Johnson's column did not tell you is that Bill Gibson, who barely got through high school, is a graduate of the Nashville School of Law. So what do you think he's going to say when asked if Nashville School of Law graduates are qualified? "Uh, gee, Ann....No, we're NOT qualified....In fact, I oughta be kicked out of here and sent back to the Holiday Inn to wash dishes. Except they wouldn't have me because I couldn't tell the hot water faucet from the cold water faucet."
And neither Johnson nor Gibson ever answered the reader's first question regarding the abililty of Nashville School of Law graduates to practice outside Tennessee.
The answer: No, they can't. They can't practice outside the state because the Nashville School of Law is not approved by the American Bar Association.
I'm sure that the Nashville School of Law has turned out many fine lawyers. But if you assume that the ABA's approval is a valid benchmark of the school's quality, then you must also assume that, on average, the school's graduates are less qualified than those who graduate from approved programs.
Because they cannot practice outside Tennessee, and because private law firms have no desire to take on under-qualified attorneys, the Nashville School of Law's graduates invariably enter public service. Billy Boy (or Billy Girl) hires on as an assistant DA, gets his name in the local paper a few times, then runs for district attorney or (even worse) a judge's office.
If Billy Boy plays the game and kisses up to the local bosses (like former chief of police Bill Bilyeu), his election will be assured. As a DA, Billy Boy hires other Nashville School of Law graduates to work as his assistant DAs (you don't think he'd hire someone smarter than himself, do you?). In time, his assistants go out into the world, as DAs and judges, where their legal bumblings affect the lives of ordinary people like you and me.
Thus, the Nashville School of Law's hideous progeny breed within the Tennessee justice system, and promulgate its sucking evil into the very heart and soul of every citizen in the state.
And you won't read THAT in the Herald-Citizen.