Abovethelaw.com's Staci Zaretsky reached out to Unviversity of Denver Stum College of Law Dean Martin J. Katz. She asked him about the tip from a source "that the administration was planning to slash 10 tenure-track positions due to additional class size cuts."
The Dean's response to ATL begins with this sentence, "The University of Denver Strum College of Law is committed to excellence in its programs and in its students." Here is that ATL coverage. Duh. What does excellence have to do with a generation's inability to get jobs related to the grueling training? In addition, what does it have to do with the possible loss of jobs of law professors who had worked so hard getting where they are? Yes, they will be offered buy-outs but losing a job is tragic, particularly in a field which is downsizing.
When I was an earnest doctoral student in the humanities at the University of Michigan, the ethos was the pursuit of excellence. To this day that term leaves a bad taste in my mouth. We who dedicated ourselves to excellence - which we really never stopped to define - found ourselves a Lost Generation. There were very few jobs.
Those who did get them found it hard to hold onto them. The rest of us had a brutal experience landing any work. Our persona was one of the intellectual. That doesn't go over with employers who have the goal of getting work done. To this day I still get lost in thought, which is probably why I lost my share of jobs in organizations and have been self-employed since 1987. Incidentally, no power that be in university life gave it to us straight to talk, look and maintain eye contact like real people.
Essentially, our Lost Generation has been underachievers. My default is thinking. In capitalism that's a disability.