Business schools catering to lawyers

An editor sent me this Wall Street Journal story from a couple of weeks ago, about how some law firms are sending employees to receive executive training. The idea is to either prepare them to step into management positions at the firm or help them better understand their business clients’ needs.

“‘When you have the kind of challenges we have right now, (you need) really well-trained, smart managers talking the same language,’ says Kevin Fitzgerald, a partner at Nixon Peabody LLP who was one of the first in his firm to attend an executive education program at Harvard University in 2007. The program is designed for employees of professional service firms, and includes training on how lawyer-managers can lead firms successfully.”

I was curious to see if any of the business schools here in Maryland offer such programs, but all of the schools I called said they don’t. Should they start? Is it worthwhile, especially in these hard times, to give more lawyers business training?

In donations, UMD can’t hold a candle to Hopkins


As a University of Maryland alum, I’m feeling a little ashamed of myself and my fellow graduates now that the Council for Aid to Education’s report is out.

The CAE report reveals the total contributions raised by colleges and universities around the nation in 2007. Overall, contributions were up.

Here’s how some of Maryland’s higher ed institutions fared in 2007:

  • Johns Hopkins – $430.4 million
  • University of Maryland, College Park – $85.5 million
  • University of Maryland-Baltimore – $46.2 million
  • UMBC – $13.2 million
  • Towson University – $7.8 million

And here’s how some of our neighboring state schools fared:

  • Rutgers – $102.7 million
  • New York University – $287.6 million
  • Penn State University – $182.9 million
  • University of Virginia – $282.6 million
  • UNC-Chapel Hill – $246.9 million

Why do you think contributions to UMD fell behind what other nearby state universities received?

According to President Mote, over 6,000 students graduated in 2006 from the undergrad program alone, and the quality of applicants continues to rise. And UMD is ranked in the top 20 public research universities. So why can’t it even raise one-fourth of what JHU did? Or compete with UNC?


Local radio at its best

Courtesy of Towson UniversityFor the past few days, my commute to work has been accompanied by the mother of all countdowns on 89.7 WTMD, Towson University’s radio station. The station is counting down the top 897 albums of all time according to over 2,000 loyal listeners who submitted their top 10 albums.

In an era of corporate playlists and DJs who’d rather run their mouth instead of playing records, it’s nice to be able to listen a local station that offers a wide range of music for all us aficionados out there.

A majority of radio stations seem to enjoy drowning listeners’ eardrums in a nauseating repetition of songs and mindless morning chatter. So here’s to one of the last local bastions of audio independence.

If you get a chance, give TMD a listen. At last check, they were down (or up, depending how you look at it) to No. 615. If anyone’s curious, the countdown kicked off with “Hair Original Soundtrack” at No. 897.

FRANCIS SMITH, Special Publications Assistant Editor