The strange case of Blum V. Schlegel

This chronicles the strange case of Blum v. Schlegel, a denial of tenure lawsuit by a former professor, Jeffrey M. Blum, against a formerly respected law school now in a state of widely recognized decline, the University at Buffalo.
While waiting around for my client, Jeff Blum to get to a jury so I could be his trial counsel, I got entangled in a bizarre contempt proceeding which ultimately cost Blum his lawsuit and cost me four years of misery. Read all about it below in the form of documents filed with the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
You are warned in advance that you may get the feeling that some of the events described herein could not have happened. Be assured that they did happen.
The events described in these documents reveal the need for serious reform of the federal judiciary. First, the process for disciplining federal judges needs to be completely revised. Currently, it is virtually impossible to have a federal judge disciplined unless he or she is caught on videotape taking a cash bribe. Any guess who disciplines federal judges? Other federal judges! Unlike the system in New York State, there are no lay persons or even lawyers involved in the process. Further, the process is shrouded in a secrecy you might have expected in Medieval England. Because the process is secret, there is no scrutiny of the process by anyone other than, you guessed it, federal judges!
Second, it is clear to me that, just as most reasonable Americans now believe in the compulsory rotation of persons in and out of Congress and other public offices (“term limits”), we need, with even greater cause, term limits for federal judges. Always a supporter of term limits for federal judges (and all other judges as well), the need was brought home to me in dramatic fashion by the mistreatment I received in Blum v. Schlegel. While there are some fine federal judges, many federal judges, knowing they are virtually immune to criticism, discipline, or removal from office, become arrogant and lose sight of their mission, to impartially adjudicate disputes between citizens.
Nowhere else in American life is there anything like lifetime tenure for employees. Even civil service workers can be fired for a wide variety of reasons. Further, they can be eliminated from the budget for no reason at all. Why should there be one class of persons in America with a guaranteed job for the rest of their lives, regardless of performance. Add life tenure to tremendous power over litigants and factor in the secrecy in which federal courts operate much of the time, and you have a formula for arrogance and abuse of power which is exemplified in Blum v. Schlegel.
It can be argued that federal judges are not so powerful because their decisions can be appealed. No one who so argues has ever practiced appellate law. It is extremely difficult to win an appeal in federal court. Further, it is virtually impossible to get a court of appeals to remove a judge from a case for misconduct. You are actually better off not complaining, that is, appeasing the judge, because by complaining, you anger the trial judge who then will treat you even worse than he already has (see, Blum v. Schlegel), and you are unlikely to get the judge removed from the case anyway and you are called a Don Quixote, tilter at windmills. In the end, however, it is perhaps better to be known as a Don Quixote than a Neville Chamberlain.

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