Friday, August 6, 2010

Law school founder guilty of fraud

Okay, sadly not THAT kind of fraud. God willing, it's only a matter of time before law school administrators are hit with true-blue fraud charges for their knowingly-misleading, fraudulent, reliance-inducing misrepresentations. What we have today is a tale of a law school visionary who only gets caught for his fraud against old ladies. His role in the infinitely vaster, more lucrative law school scam hasn't landed him in court (yet).

From the Green Mountain State, we have this charming tale of octogenarian attorney, law school founder, and Grade-A shyster Anthony Doria, who has a problem with tax evasion and bilking old ladies out of six figures. "Doria had originally been charged with fraud for taking $115,000 from Barbara Umbrecht of Newport, N.H., in 1998 and 1999. In 2005 he pleaded guilty to the reduced charge of income tax fraud and was sentenced to one month in prison and ordered to pay back Umbrecht."

As the article points out, after founding Vermont Law School in the 70s, Doria has had little to do with this TTT. However, his spirit lives on in the institution itself. And would this ├╝ber-huckster ever be proud of the institution he spawned! According to Vermont Law School's website, tuition alone will run students a cool $41,795 a year. This does not include fees, books, or living expenses. US News suggests students tack on an additional $10,000 for those, bringing their yearly total north of $50,000 to attend a TTT in a sleepy backwater and tiny state that won't have enough jobs for them upon graduation. The school even is so noble to admit that only 60.4% of its graduates are employed at graduation, which is even then probably inflated. Having seen the ins-and-outs of law schools' dirty statistical tricks, it's safe to say that the percentage of grads actually employed as lawyers is much, much lower.

Just plunking down for tuition alone will run students $125,000 for their three years of law school, a number which exceeds Doria's $115k fraud on that poor old lady. This grizzled old mountebank clearly decided that relieving innocent bystanders of their cash on a person-to-person basis was no way to get rich. Sure, stealing $115,000 from someone and going on a spending spree would be nice, but that money can't last forever. If you set yourself up a law school, one which at last count has an enrollment of 567 students, you'll be in a much better position. ($41,795 x 567 = $23,697,765 a year. Wow-wee!)

Anthony Doria should be a model for common criminals and law school administrators everywhere. This guy clearly figured he could put his extensive knowledge of theft and fraud to much greater use, and step up into the big leagues. Better still, perpetrating six-figure fraud on a bunch of hapless law students in a quiet Vermont town has the blessing of the ABA, the academic establishment, and student loan lenders. This isn't like dipping into some old lady's purse, no, no! Here's a fully-sanctioned and approved means of defrauding clueless law students. Mr. Doria, thank you for siring this fine institution and imparting to it all of your best personal attributes.

The apple doesn't fall far from the TTTree?


  1. Great research! Anthony Doria apparently did not make enough money from clients. He "needed" to bilk those old ladies out of money, you see. After all, he has "given back to the community" - by founding a (much-needed) law school. May his sins be forgiven.

    The guy is a waste of water, food and oxygen. And Vermont Law School is a pathetic joke, on par with Cooley, Widener, WhiTTTTier, Thomas Jefferson COL, et al. Thanks for publishing their tuition. This dump may find itself in the TTR crosshairs sooner than I anticipated.

  2. Vermont Law School is ranked #1 in environmental law (US News). Also, the 2009 class had a 93% employment rate. Most students go into the public sector, the highest for most third tier schools. It is still a third tier, but it is nationally well respected for its environmental program. If you are serious about environmental law, this school is actually a great choice. The school also has a very comprehensive LRAP to assist the majority of students who engage in public interest.

  3. Comment 2: you must be working for the VLS Office of Institutional Advancement, I recognize the scammy pitch. The truth is that more than HALF of VLS grads has been consistently unemployed or employed outside law field which includes retail and table waiting. You will be exposed, the scam will not stand - brace for a fraud lawsuits you bloodsucking parasites. Bunch of figureheads, scammers and dirty hippys out of touch with reality.

  4. To the above poster, please state your qualifications for your comment. Are you a former alum in above mentioned non law related employment? Thank you.

  5. Environmental law?
    How relevant is tree humping in today's legal market?