The two faces of Law Prof. andre douglas pond cummings.

Here is a pair of interesting quotes from andre douglas ponddybbuk11/19/12
Rough translation of bad andre douglas pond cummings: "This abazungu11/19/12
His site plays hiphop music and he has a section entitled "sjdead11/19/12
"I will make up for the complete bullshit content of my clasrelater211/19/12
No shit, go look at his website and click on the biographiessparky11/19/12
What a weirdo. Not only does he write almost exclusively abogarga11/19/12
Also, his website looks like a geocities page from 1996.2tierreality11/19/12
Eh, this assertion strikes me as really essentialist and lazelitttist11/21/12
agree with elittist, I overlooked the academic blacks remarkdybbuk11/21/12
More bad writing from the same paper: "then I would most garga11/19/12
God this guy sounds like he's straight out if central castinanotherjd11/19/12
Speaking of two faces: J.D., Howard University School of jdead11/19/12
Expanding on garga's comments, I too noticed that andre dougdybbuk11/20/12
What. The. Fuck. Can you say "circle-jerk?" I guarantee ilolskewl11/20/12
LOL he is so bad I don't think I could parody it. The googarga11/20/12
Kind of interesting, I wonder how much of that article is antherewillbeblood01/27/13
And yet the student editors at Santa Clara Law Review publismassivemissive11/20/12
That's why legal scholarship is looked down on, no peer revitherewillbeblood01/27/13
Dybuk you need to start your own page. Your posts are as gooanotherjd11/20/12
Agreed, I really enjoy these posts both here and at ITLSS. Keifusdude11/20/12
Much appreciated!dybbuk11/21/12
"...Critical Race Theory espouses a tradition of 'looking toelectriclights11/20/12
There's your problem; why on earth do you think that what actherewillbeblood01/27/13
His deft writing is stupendously awesome: you all just don'chicagojoe11/20/12
Dude's fundamentally evil, but I'll admit I like the phrase mikoyan11/21/12
Yep, great phrase!relater211/21/12
What a fucking idiot. The fact that this guy is on the laiamerror01/27/13



dybbuk (Nov 19, 2012 - 9:02 pm)

Here is a pair of interesting quotes from andre douglas pond cummings, the white-as-dandruff apostle of the hip hop and the law movement, professor of law at West Virginia University, and soon-to-be Academic Dean at that exciting new law school, Indiana Tech. (earlier JDU profile of pond cummings linked below). The first quote is from pond cummings’s, uh, scholarly writing. The second is from the of the policies and procedures of his Entertainment Law course at West Virginia U. (2009).

http://www.jdunderground.com/scam/thread.php?threadId=36078

“At bottom, as hip hop has become the voice of a generation, and recognizing the sizeable global footprint that hip hop has created, two things seem clear: first, as the hip hop generation grows up, some of its members will become future leaders, including legislators, educators, lawyers, scholars and philosophers; and second, these leaders and educators will bring with them into their leadership roles the images, lessons and stark critiques that accompany all authentic members of this generation. As hip hop is truly impacting an emerging generation of leaders and scholars, then society should pay very close attention to the messages and lessons that hip hop has taught and continues to teach its generation.”

[Good] andre douglas pond cummings, Thug Life, Hip-Hop’s Curious Relationship with Criminal Justice, 50 Santa Clara L.Rev. 515, 525 (2010).

“Each and every student is expected to be prepared for each class session. I will call on students randomly to respond to questions and review assigned cases. If you pass when called upon or are unprepared, as evidenced by an answer that represents significant lack of preparedness, you will be counted absent for that day. I will allow students twice (2 times) during the semester to approach me before class (either through talking with me personally or by leaving a note on the lectern prior to class beginning—(no calls or e.mails) to admit to not being prepared and I will not call on you during that particular class period. However, if you choose to use this luxury, be on notice that I will likely call upon you a number of times in subsequent class sessions. Please see the “Grading Policy” section of this handout for an explanation on how class participation will be counted toward your final grade....I recommend that you do not use commercial outlines or any other “study aid” which purports to clarify or process the material for you. Everything you need to know for your final examination will be covered thoroughly in class. Further, I will strive to give you perspective consistently throughout the course so that we do not lose sight of the big picture....Finally, class participation and attendance will count toward your final grade. Keep in mind, if you are called on randomly and you pass because you are not prepared, you will be counted absent and your attendance grade will be adjusted accordingly.”

Bad andre douglas pond cummings

http://www.andredouglaspondcummings.com/in_the_classroom.html
(click on Entertainment Law Policies and Procedures)

The conclusion to be drawn from these two quotes is clear: andre douglas pond cummings may laud hip hop generation’s “clarion call of defiance [that is]...audacious in its raw starkly realized expose.” cummings, Thug Life, at 531. However, hip hop generation better not defy andre douglas pond cummings by passing when called on randomly in one of andre douglas pond cummings's classes, or hip-hop generation will be marked absent and graded down. As well, hip-hop generation is advised not to consult commercial outlines.

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abazungu (Nov 19, 2012 - 9:09 pm)

Rough translation of bad andre douglas pond cummings: "This class will consist of pointless fluff and BS. To hide the pointless nature of this class, I will use not-so-subtle intimidation to enforce the illusion that this class deals with Very Important Things."

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jdead (Nov 19, 2012 - 9:07 pm)

His site plays hiphop music and he has a section entitled "students doin' work" that has links to the now defunct bios of many students.

I really like your posts, keep them up!

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relater2 (Nov 19, 2012 - 9:29 pm)

"I will make up for the complete bullshit content of my class by imposing arbitrary strict rules to give it gravitas. By the way, thanks for the federal loan cash!"

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sparky (Nov 19, 2012 - 9:42 pm)

No shit, go look at his website and click on the biographies of the students he was pimping, half of them have dead links and the ones that work, a lot of those are not even working as lawyers.

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garga (Nov 19, 2012 - 10:07 pm)

What a weirdo. Not only does he write almost exclusively about black issues, his work contains a lot of bad writing habits common to black authors, in particular lots of stilted transition phrases and needlessly obscure word choice. Academic blacks also seem to lack the ability to ever use nouns without one or more adjectives, a habit Cummings also suffers from.

"for a range of reasons"
"my critique unfolds as follows"
"promulgates"
"historically disturbing role"
"the significant work that law school admissions committees' [sic] undertake"
"Most distressing is that"
"attaches the resolution of these problems on eliminating that scapegoat"

All this bad writing is just in the one-paragraph abstract. Also, a scapegoat is a physical object, you can't attach abstract concepts like "resolutions to problems."

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2tierreality (Nov 19, 2012 - 10:27 pm)

Also, his website looks like a geocities page from 1996.

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elitttist (Nov 21, 2012 - 10:14 pm)

Eh, this assertion strikes me as really essentialist and lazy. How would you even prove it? Bad writing plagues academics in general, as far I can tell. Black intellectuals don't fare significantly better or worse than the rest of the herd.

Also, why are adjectives bad?

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dybbuk (Nov 21, 2012 - 10:48 pm)

agree with elittist, I overlooked the academic blacks remark. Note, again, that andre douglas pond cummings is white. And I wouldn't be surprised if, deep down, andre douglas pond cummings regards African-American suffering and protest as his personal gravy train.

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garga (Nov 19, 2012 - 10:22 pm)

More bad writing from the same paper:

"then I would most assuredly have to question the veracity of these interviewees"

"Most assuredly," (again!)

"for the following reasons: First, as pointed" (colons are not periods)

"appeared in the form of a reply"

"then suspicion is shed"

"the following criticisms I make hereafter"

"arduous and risky proposition for a host of individuals" "host of other problems"

"Sander urges that African American students should—in Pied Piper fashion—follow him to the promised land of bar passage"

"This singular manipulation throws grave doubt" "stern retort" "highly respected law professors" "leading news programs" "tired arguments" "historically abhorrent Great White Father" (nouns are naked without adjectives!)

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anotherjd (Nov 19, 2012 - 10:57 pm)

God this guy sounds like he's straight out if central casting for douche, pseudo intellectual, academic. What a fraud.

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jdead (Nov 19, 2012 - 11:12 pm)

Speaking of two faces:

J.D., Howard University School of Law (1997)
B.S., Brigham Young University (1994)

He was probably the blackest guy at BYU and the whitest guy at Howard.

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dybbuk (Nov 20, 2012 - 12:34 am)

Expanding on garga's comments, I too noticed that andre douglas pond cummings is a godawful writer-- tormenting his readers with strained analogies, mixed and clunky metaphors and, especially, his unseemly enthusiasm in kissing the asses of his better known CRT colleagues.

andre douglas pond cummings is beyond caricature in his masterpiece, A Furious Kinship: Critical Race Theory and the Hip Hop Nation, 48 U. Louisville Law Rev. 499 (2010). In that work, he depicts his better known CRT colleagues as grenade-launchers, bow-shooters, fiery lightning bolts, flame-lighters, “eloquent flamethrowers,” torch-passers, torch-bearers, torch sharers, torch-accepters, and genre seizers, all delivering astonishing messages. (below)

“Richard Delgado shares a potent kinship with Ice Cube and the “dangerous” hip-hop group N.W.A. When Professor Delgado published The Imperial Scholar, its impact was a literary shot across the bow of the traditional legal academy in its aggressive repudiation of entrenched white male civil rights legal scholarship. Like a hand grenade launched into the upper reaches of the ivory tower, Delgado authored a fiery critique that condemned famed civil rights scholars for their own racism and failure to garner, appreciate, or represent the views of the very oppressed minority groups on whose behalf these scholars purported to advocate.” Kinship, at 532.

“Kimberlé Crenshaw and Queen Latifah, both powerful African American women, descended upon the legal academy and the hip-hop community like bolts of lightning—intense, powerful, and fierce.” Kinship, 544.

“Professor Neil Gotanda and hip-hop superstar Tupac Shakur share a genuine kinship wherein both men released enormously important and groundbreaking pieces in the 1990s....Professor Gotanda and Tupac are best situated in similarity as eloquent flamethrowers. The flames of CRT and hip hop had been lighted, imaginations across the world had been sparked, and Gotanda and Tupac fueled their respective movements by seizing their genres and delivering astonishing messages to the primed masses.” Kinship, at 550, 554.

“Just as Professor Butler seems poised to accept the torch from Derrick Bell and other CRT pioneers, Talib Kweli appears to have accepted the socially conscious hip-hop torch from socially conscious hip-hop pioneers Chuck D and KRS-One.” Kinship, at 561.

“Just as Professor Carbado seems poised to share the torch with Professors Gotanda, Delgado, Harris, and other CRT pioneers, hip-hop superstar Common appears to have accepted the socially conscious hip-hop torch from Ice Cube and Tupac Shakur. Pushing forward a progressive political message for the next generation of hip-hop aficionados, Professor Carbado, as a next-generation CRT scholar, shares much with Common.” Kinship, at 567.

"As Professor Perry stands ready to accept the torch from Kimberlé Crenshaw and other notable female CRT founders, hip-hop icon Lauryn Hill burst upon the twenty-first century hip-hop scene full of political and social relevance." Kinship, at 572.

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lolskewl (Nov 20, 2012 - 12:39 am)

What. The. Fuck. Can you say "circle-jerk?"

I guarantee if any of these lawprofs actually met real gang members they'd be shaking.

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garga (Nov 20, 2012 - 1:38 am)

LOL he is so bad I don't think I could parody it.

The good news is law school enrollment is down to 40K from 43K and applications this year will be LOWER than acceptances were a few years ago. One third of all law schools will soon have essentially 90%+ open admissions rates.

3K might not sound like a lot, but over 3 years that is around $300 million in lost tuition out of the mouths of these dickwads.

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therewillbeblood (Jan 27, 2013 - 9:38 am)

Kind of interesting, I wonder how much of that article is an attempt to get academics of color to accept a white academic as one their own.

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massivemissive (Nov 20, 2012 - 9:17 am)

And yet the student editors at Santa Clara Law Review published his article.

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therewillbeblood (Jan 27, 2013 - 10:02 am)

That's why legal scholarship is looked down on, no peer review and publications edited by people who are not qualified to do so.

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anotherjd (Nov 20, 2012 - 9:34 am)

Dybuk you need to start your own page. Your posts are as good as any out there.

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eifusdude (Nov 20, 2012 - 9:35 am)

Agreed, I really enjoy these posts both here and at ITLSS. Keep it up!

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dybbuk (Nov 21, 2012 - 11:05 pm)

Much appreciated!

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electriclights (Nov 20, 2012 - 9:51 am)

"...Critical Race Theory espouses a tradition of 'looking to the bottom,' that American purveyors of crime and punishment law consider the viewpoint of the hip hop nation, which espouses a better, more equitable theory of punishment and justice in the United States."

What would that be? I've never understood this. I work in a courthouse full of African American judges that craft sentences that are note for note to the guidelines, and therefore as harsh or light as those made by the white judges. Or does the hip hop nation espouse a more equitable theory of the begetting of stitches for snitches? Oh snap, I just made the mistake of taking this stuff seriously, dawg.

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therewillbeblood (Jan 27, 2013 - 10:03 am)

There's your problem; why on earth do you think that what actual judges do relates in any way to the higher calling of legal scholarship?

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chicagojoe (Nov 20, 2012 - 10:19 am)

His deft writing is stupendously awesome: you all just don't completely understand the astonishing vocal lexicon espoused by the black mormonosity that emphatically rejects conventional uppercasing.

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mikoyan (Nov 21, 2012 - 8:48 pm)

Dude's fundamentally evil, but I'll admit I like the phrase "eloquent flamethrowers."

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relater2 (Nov 21, 2012 - 10:59 pm)

Yep, great phrase!

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iamerror (Jan 27, 2013 - 9:11 am)

What a fucking idiot.

The fact that this guy is on the law school gravy train is a crime against fucking humanity.

killself killself killself killself killself..........

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