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  1. #21
    I feel like you eyeballin' me, dawg!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sainthamish View Post

    Grandmaster, (7th Dan) in Taekwondo, JungDoKwan Taekwondo, Korea
    This would mean he would have a WTF cert, as JungDoKwan was absorbed into the Kukkiwon.
    I feel like you eye-bawlin' me, dawg!

  2. #22
    Quote Originally Posted by Ninja Claus View Post
    My name is Samuel Browning and I am licensed to practice law in Connecticut. My Juris number is #417779. I was asked by the POW network to examine portions of Mr. Joseph F. Connolly II (aka) Joseph Francis Connolly's educational records. By contacting Jody Manchien who is an Assistant Register at Park University in Parkville MO, I was able to confirm that Mr. Connolly did graduate from Park College, with a BA in Sociology in December of 1971, and that he graduated Magna Cum Laude. (e-mail with Manchien, 11-24-09) However there are serious problems with his claims that he graduated from Law School.

    According to his profile at Connolly earned a Bachelor of Laws (hereafter LLB) from the Blackstone School of Law, Chicago Ill in 1972, and a Juris Doctorate (JD) from this same school in 1972. If one reviews Connolly's own entry in Marquis Who's Who he claims that the LLB was awarded in 1972, and the JD in 1977. Needless to say it would have been impossible for anyone to complete three years of law school for a JD, in only one calender year, especially since Connelly graduated from Park College in December of 1971.

    I stumbled on this post which you wrote awhile back and decided to respond to it.

    I'm a graduate of Blackstone School of Law (the paralegal program) when it was located in Dallas, Texas. The owner, James Fry, Jr., and his father, were also involved with it when it was based in Illinois.

    Prior to enrolling, I received a small booklet explaining the history of Blackstone School of Law and it mentioned the change from offering law degrees (LL.B) in Illinois to a legal/assistant certificate program in Dallas, Texas. It was also listed under Blackstone School of Law in the Martindale Hubbell directory during 1990s.

    Blackstone never offered a JD degree. Only the LL.B. I researched the school and you can still find some of the old advertisements they ran in magazines like Popular Mechanics, offering the LL.B entirely by correspondence.

    Also, one of the graduates I talked to whom had attended Blackstone in the 1970's, said that despite receiving a bachelor of laws that he was not permitted to sit the bar exam in Illinois, since the school was unaccredited. He then moved to California which was one of the few states that allowed out-of-state graduates of unaccredited law schools to sit the bar exam.

    The LL.B degree was based on the study of Modern American Law, the main textbooks used by Blackstone. It makes no sense that Blackstone would redesign their program to offer a JD to graduates.

    Blackstone School of Law maintained the same name in Illinois and in Texas, until it was sold in 2001, then switched to Blackstone Career Institute, which is now based in Pennsylvania. The only thing that changed was that it went from a correspondence LL.B program to a certificate legal assistantparalegal/program.

    Lastly, many graduates of correspondence law schools have went on to sit the California bar, which is one of the toughest in the nation. Your assertiion that a correspondence law degree is not worth the paper its printed on, is flawed. In fact, a recent
    gradaute of Concord Law School in California sued the Mass. Board of Bar Examiners, so he could sit the bar.

    The case ended up before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, where he successfully argued the case. See:
    Mitchell v. Board of Bar Examiners, 452 Mass. 582 (2008)

    A video of the oral arguments can be found at:

    Distance education is now mainstream and even Ivy league schools are offering programs entirely by self-study, including major providers of continuing legal education, like the American Bar Association.

    If you perform a google search, you will find that there are Blackstone graduates that are attorneys, judges and some
    even work for major companies.

    Hope this clarifies the issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtripp View Post
    Only in the mind of Bruce Bethers; and later Phil Porter when he was kicked out of USJA... :new_astha
    Mark, Bruce Bethers does not think the USMAF is an NGB; if you have evidence otherwise, please let me know and I will personally correct him on that. Also, Porter was never a part of the USMAF. Porter was/is, however, the "founder" of the USMA (sometimes called the USMAA) - a completely unrelated and unaffiliated organization. By the way, as a sidebar, after personal observation of Porter on the mat, he has NO BUSINESS teaching jujutsu or "self-defense" to anyone. It was painfully obvious to me that the man knew nothing of non-sport non-judo fighting. However, he was remarkably receptive to direct and pointed criticism, which I did not expect.

    Regarding the Connelly stuff, although I am an officer in the USMAF and member of the board of the USJJF, I have nothing to do with issuance of rank, except to my own students. All I can say is that it is being looked at.

    Before it is thrown in my face as a criticism, I was given judo rank by USA-TKJ. I did not seek it or ask for it. It is what it is. I do happen to hold dan rank in the USJA. I have been "given" rank by other organizations; whenever that has happened, I thank the folks who issue the rank, then I forget about it and get my ass back on the mat and back to work.

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