Recently, in David Segal's irregular NYT column attacking law schools, Segal featured the Duncan Law School of Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee. Segal noted that Duncan was seeking provisional ABA accreditation and the school's dean Sydney Beckman had just appeared before the ABA's Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. Beckman had heard nothing on the application, according to Segal:
[The ABA did not] hint at whether they would give Duncan a thumbs-up. In the past, law schools have learned a few days after their hearings. But since Dec. 2, there has been nothing. “The last thing we heard — and they didn’t mean this to be rude or anything — was at the end of the meeting in Puerto Rico,” Mr. Beckman says. “They said, ‘You can let yourselves out.’ “
The ABA has now provided their answer: it is a thumbs down to Duncan's application. Whatever the merits, this certainly fits neatly into Segal's storyline.