White enrollment in Law School exceeds accepted application for Whites by 22%, study shows

( DAYTON , Ohio ) – The percentage of whites in law school significantly exceeds the percentage of Law School Admission Council (LSAC) applications that are from whites, according to a study conducted by a University of Dayton School of Law professor.

Vernellia Randall, who specializes in Race and Racism in American Law and the study of legal pedagogy, found that in 2002 only 68% of the 99,504 LSAC applications for law school were from whites. The average percentage of whites in historically white law schools is 79.9% and half of the 179 historically white law schools are over 81.6% whites. Twenty-six or 14.5% of historically white law schools are over 90% white.

"According to the census bureau, in 2050, white non-Latinos will make up less than 50 percent of the population. Some say that we will be "A Nation of Minorities". What does this mean? Will we have a multi-cultural society based on equity or will we be a de facto apartheid South Africa . That is, like South Africa , will the wealth and power of a nation be centered in numerical minority." Randall said

"I wanted to know how well we are preparing for the future by training the future leaders (lawyers) to be representative of the "nation of minorities”.
"The 2004 Whitest Law School Report shows that we are not preparing for a "nation of minorities' based on equity but for a de facto South Africa .

Top Ten Whitest Law School
the Top Ten Whitest Law schools based on total percentage of whiteness are: University of Montana , University of Maine , Samford University , University of Idaho , Duquesne University , University of South Carolina , Northern Kentucky University , University of Kentucky , Marquette University and University of Richmond . Half the Top Ten Whitest Law Schools are in the south.
Six of the Top Ten are public law schools. All the public law schools except Maine are over-serving its white population, based on percentage of state population 21-39 that is white.

Public Law School
The 2004 Whitest Report includes a ranking of public law schools on whether they are serving white citizens better than the rest of their state population. Specifically, excess whiteness was calculated, that is number of percentage appoints above the state application base. Excess whiteness was calculated by taking the % of the applications that were from white applicants and subtracting the "%white in the law school". The larger the difference the higher the rank.
The Top Ten Public Law Schools with the greatest disparity between the % of whites in the application pool and the % of whites in the law schools was: Texas Tech University, University of Baltimore, University of Maryland, University of California (Los Angeles), Southern Illinois University- Carbondale, Georgia State University, Golden Gate University, University of Georgia, University of Houston, State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Mississippi
"Several factors affect why such disparities exist , i.e. interest in a particular law school, preparedness for law school, population of the state, large disparities may also be due to institutional racism. However, large disparities as represented in the Top Ten may also represent LSAT misuse which is significant in law schools."

All law schools receive federal funds.  Title VI of the Civil Right Act of 1964 prohibits the use of federal funds to promote discrimination.

"Public law schools are supported by federal funds and the taxes of the citizens of their state. Consequently, they have a responsibility to serve all the citizens. Over-serving whites is a failure of a public law school to adequately serve the needs of society by assuring equitable access to legal education," Randall said.

This report provides an alphabetical listing and numerical ranking of all 179 historically white law schools, a report on public law schools based on state population and based on LSAC applications, a report by region and a report by tier.

For the complete report click on http://academic.udayton.edu/race/03justice/LegalEd/Whitest/

Preschool students open local businesses  

(DAYTON, Ohio) - For the seventh year, faculty, staff, and students at Gorman Elementary have transformed their building from a typical school to a hands-on village, called "Gormantown."

For two hours a day (10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.), on Monday (March 29) through Thursday (April 1), classes will take turns visiting the mock businesses run by classmates. Career areas include a construction site, florist, bakery, framing business, cleaning services, a natural history museum, fast food restaurants and an art shop.

The public may visit Gormantown after registering at the Visitor’s Center in City Hall (the school main office). Each guest of Gormantown will receive an official welcome from Mayor (and principal) Lydia Radcliffe and will obtain a key to the city (visitor pass) from the city manager.

"This project is part of our schoolwide thematic unit and enriches the educational and vocational experience for students," said Lydia Radcliffe, principal and mayor of Gormantown. "We hope to have a good turn out this year."

Gorman is a Dayton school for students in preschool through sixth-grade who have orthopedic or other health impairments such as cerebral palsy, arthritis and spina bifida.

"It is pivotal to reenact life-like experiences for students and recreate that atmosphere at Gorman," said Radcliffe. "These children love that experience."

Rosie Lee Butler is 100-years-old  

By: Staff Reports
Tennessee Tribune
Originally posted 12/4/2003

(Memphis TN) – Rosie Lee Butler celebrated her 100th birthday today. She has lived to see at least 5-generations of her family.

Rosie Lee Butler was born to Joshua Matthews and Fannie Mae Taylor-Matthews Matthews and Fannie Mae Taylor-Matthews November 30, 1903.

Rosie Lee married Willie Lee Butler and they had 12-children, 7-girls and 5-boys. She has 40 grand children, 61-great grand children and 9-great-great grandchildren (last year she had only 60 great grand children – Jayla Rose Floyd, the most recent one, was born April 1, 2003).

Although November 30 is actually her birthday, she celebrated in style, at the downtown Memphis Days Inn Hotel and Suites Saturday November 29. Her party was planned by her grand children, lead by Terrell Carter, her grandson who lives in Memphis.

The beautiful ball room was decorated in beautiful colors, with soft pastel white, green and yellow tablecloths on every table (every other table with a different pastel color). There were roses on each table and 4-dozens at Ms Butler’s table. The roses and table decorations were prepared and furnished by her grandson, Tony Carter, who owns Carter Family florist in Nashville, Tennessee. Ms Butler smiled with tears in her eyes.
Does Ms Butler have brain-power?

According to research on old age, Butler does have brain power. Experts theorize that “brain-power” can be developed by keeping the brain active. Ms Butler has never been in a nursing home; she has never been away from family or young folks for a long period of time; therefore, she keeps her brain active.

“’I talk to Mama a lot and I also read to her.’ ‘Leonard, her grandson, reads to her, also,’” said Frankie Blakely, her daughter of Nashville, Tennessee who visits with her weeks at a time. She gets email messages from her children who live in other states and Leonard lets her know she has mail and reads them to her from the Internet.

Research shows that the children of 100-year-olds are intriguing; health wise and “brain-power” wise, also. All 12 of her children are living. Her oldest son, Earnest Butler, of Dayton OH still works as a contractor. He’s 77.

Will Rosie Lee live to see 101? “I’m tired,” said Rosie Lee. “If it is God’s will for me to be here next year, I will be here, if not I will not be here,” she said.

Carter, her grandson in Memphis, is in the process of meeting with city officials to make November 30 the official Rosie Lee Butler Day in Memphis, Tennessee

Children's books are harming Black children, psychologist says

(Washington , DC) - Dr. BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, a clinical psychologist, says "children as early as 3 years old recognize the differences between being Black or being White." During this period in early childhood African American children discover that being white has its advantages. They quickly incorporate the notion that being Black is a negative trait, while being White is a positive one. For example, children learn that Devil's food cake is dark, but Angel's food cake is white; magic is good unless it becomes black magic, and then it becomes evil; and even a lie is acceptable if it is a white lie.

The first time racism confronts children is in books. In books, "children see which people are given power, who is acting bravely and wisely," says Leslie R. Williams, professor of early childhood and multicultural education at Teacher's College, Columbia University in New York City . In many children's books, the African-American characters are not portrayed as brave or wise people. Thus, it is important for parents to read children's books in which African-American characters play positive roles, this is particularly crucial in the first few years of life.

Dr. BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya stated, "children learn one of two lessons from the adults who nurture them. Either they learn that differences are to be celebrated or they learn that differences are to be regarded as deviant, inferior, shameful, or ignored altogether. Those African-American children who have internalized that they are deviant create self-fulfilling prophecies by 'writing themselves off' in response to the rejections of others. Only through re-affirming their value as African-Americans can children regain the sense of balance and self-esteem that comes from possessing a healthy cultural identity."

Here are just a few of the many ways parents and other caregivers can support the healthy development of self-esteem among African-American children.

Teach your child about his or her ethnic heritage and identity. Children's books such as the Just Like Me Series by Yaba Baker highlight accomplishments of African Americans throughout history. (Excellent Christmas & Kwanza gifts)

To see the other 5 strategies on how to develop a healthy self-esteem among African American children go to www.justlikemebooks.com and click on the Parent Central section for the complete list.

For more information on the Just Like Me Series, call J. Sharri Aikens at 202-526-1725 or 888-586-BOOK(2665).

Entrepreneur Conference for Youths newest partners

By L. Butler
[email protected]

(DAYTON, Ohio) – Rion, Rion & Rion have teamed with Dayton’s young conference youths to encourage the growth of entrepreneurship education for youths and adults.

The visit to Rion, Rion & Rion was a preview to the upcoming 8th annual Brother-to-Brother and Sister-to-Sister Conference: An Entrepreneur Conference for Youths, to be held at Wright State University Continuing Education Center downtown Dayton at 140 East Monument Avenue.

It was a cool rainy afternoon Tuesday March 30, 2004 when Rion, Rion & Rion took time from their busy schedule to host 6-students for an after school visit to talk about criminal law, introduce them to the staff and give a tour of their office.

“Wow, this is great, he’s got a picture of Magic Johnson on his wall,” said Joshua Harrison of Studebaker Junior High School , in Huber Heights . 

“I’m a drummer – I’ve played at the Apollo Theater in New York .  I want to be a professional musician and I will need a lawyer,” said 8-year-old Denzel L. Hollis of Valerie Elementary School in Dayton.

"I.m going to tell my family and friends in Kenya about this visit to the law firm," said 12-year-old Eric Kamau.  Kamau, who is from Africa and a student at Studebaker, moved to Huber Heights last year to live with his mother.

Other students attending included, Dustin Harrison, 14, Huber Heights; Joey Carico, 12, Huber Heights; and Michele Johnson, 10, Vandalia Butler.

“I would like for some of the youths to be my shadow for a day sometimes just to follow me around and see what it is like to pick a jury and go to trial to defend someone,” said Attorney Jon Paul Rion.

Jon Paul is the son of Attorney John H. Rion, who is the son of the late Paul W. Rion, the founder of Rion, Rion & Rion.

“‘Thinking like an entrepreneur should begin early in children’s education.’  ‘Getting youths to focus on entrepreneurship is a great thing!’  ‘It is good to focus on small ventures because they often mature into large enterprises – and make you think on a higher level,’” said Attorney John H. Rion.

“I remember growing up as a young kid and getting my first lawn mower so that I could go out and earn money,” said John Paul to the conference youths visiting his office.

Both attorneys agree that among the many trends affecting people’s decisions to become entrepreneurs are the downsizing of corporations, government support, and a global economy.  The downsizing of large corporations has meant fewer jobs and growth opportunities within these corporations.  As a result, many people have turned from corporations toward self-employment.

Additionally, government agencies have encouraged new business ventures.  They have provided increased assistance to minorities and women to help them begin their own businesses.  As the trade barriers loosen and we move toward a global economy, more global opportunities will arise for entrepreneurs.

About Rion, Rion & Rion
John H. Rion is founder of the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is listed in "Best Lawyers in America ".  Both John H. Rion and the firm of Rion, Rion & Rion, LPA, Inc. have received Martindale-Hubbel's Highest Rating.  They are located at Suite 2150 (21st Floor) One First National Plaza 130 W. Second Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402 Across From Lazarus Parking.


Grand Jury indicts 20 in Dayton Market Case

(DAYTON OH- A federal grand jury here has indicted 20 people, charging that they conspired to traffick stolen merchandise and food stamps to businesses and distributors throughout the United States. The items include infant formula, diabetic blood glucose test strips, over-the-counter medicines, and other health and beauty aids.

Gregory G. Lockhart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro; Abelino Farias, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General; Kevin Brock, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Field Division; the Ohio Department of Public Safety's Investigative Unit; and members of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission announced the indictments returned late yesterday.

Teams of agents began executing search warrants and arresting the alleged members of the conspiracy on January 22.

The 52-count indictment alleges that Amjad Salem, age 38, of Dayton developed a network of co-conspirators, many of whom were Dayton area retail convenience store operators and employees, who purchased or otherwise acquired stolen property from thieves, shoplifters, narcotics users and others and paid only a fraction of the retail value of the merchandise.

Salem and other members of the conspiracy allegedly transported the stolen property to storage locations where the merchandise was "cleaned" of security tags, identifying store price tags, or labels then re-packaged for shipment to wholesalers. The cleaning and sorting process occurred in warehouses and other storage facilities in Dayton; Indianapolis, Indiana; Georgetown, Kentucky; and Coconut Creek, Florida.

The indictment alleges that on approximately 49 occasions between June 12, 2002 and January 15, 2004, members of the conspiracy bought stolen items from undercover investigators. They paid approximately $89,616 for merchandise with a retail value of $438,415.

The indictment also accuses some members of the conspiracy with buying and selling electronic benefit transfer food stamp cards and swapping the cards for cash.

The indictment charges members of the conspiracy with conspiracy to commit interstate transportation of stolen property, conspiracy to sell and receive stolen property that has crossed state lines, and unauthorized use and possession of food stamp benefit cards. Each of these crimes has a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.

At this point, 15 of the defendants have been arrested. Only Salem was ordered held without bond.

A task force under the direction of the Ohio Organized Crime Investigations Commission is conducting the investigation. Agencies participating in the investigation, arrests and execution of the search warrants include:

Centerville Police Department

Dayton Police Department

Federal Bureau of Investigation

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Inspector General

German Township Police Department

Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation

Kettering Police Department

Miamisburg Police Department

Montgomery County Sheriff David Vore's Office

Moraine Police Department

Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation

Ohio Department of Public Safety's Investigative Unit

Perry Township Police Department

Tactical Crime Suppression Unit (Montgomery County)

Lockhart commended the cooperative investigation between federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutors, and commended Assistant U.S. Attorneys Margaret Quinn and Dwight Keller who are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an accusation. All defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

A copy of the indictment is available in the online version of the news release.


Last Updated: April 22, 2004

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