Top Ranked Public Law Schools in America

 

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Kenneth “Ken” Randall spent two decades as dean and Thomas E. McMillan Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. During his time at the university, Kenneth Randall, now president and chief executive officer of iLaw and iLawGlobal, elevated the university to the seventh ranked public law school in the nation.

Start Class by Graph IQ is an educational tool that draws on extensive data resources to provide professionals and students with a depth of important information, including school rankings across numerous categories. The Start Class law school rankings make use of Smart Rank data, an amalgam of admissions rates, bar exam performances, employment after graduation, and more data points.

According to Start Class, the University of Virginia Law School ranks as the top public law school in the nation and as the fifth overall law school in America, an opinion shared by other publications. Virginia is closely followed by the University of Michigan Law School, which ranks second among public programs and sixth overall. The University of Virginia sports a bar pass rate of 93.9 percent, with median LSAT scores of 169 and a median undergraduate GPA of 3.86. Students at the University of Michigan, meanwhile, pass the bar exam at a 93.7 rate, with 168 LSAT scores and a 3.78 undergraduate GPA.

Other top ranked public law schools include the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, eighth in the nation, and the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, tenth overall. A complete list can be found at www.law-schools.startclass.com.

Complexities of the Tennis Scoring System

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The president and chief executive officer of iLaw and iLawGlobal, Kenneth “Ken” Randall spent two decades as dean of the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When he is not overseeing business development and other executive functions at iLaw, Kenneth Randall enjoys staying active by playing tennis.

Keeping score in tennis can be difficult for first-time players, particularly because aspects of the scoring system seem to follow no logic. For instance, players must win 4 points to win a game. However, instead of winning 1, 2, and 3 points, players are awarded scores of 15, 30, 40, and game. Furthermore, a game score of 30-0 may be announced as “30 serving love,” instead of, “30 to 0.” While theories abound, there is no official explanation for the use of 15 and 30 instead of 1 and 2, or how the word “love” came to stand in for 0 points.

In the event that a game is tied at 40-40, players begin a deuce game. To end a deuce game, one player must win a point from the deuce court, or the right side, followed by another point on the ad court, or left side. If no player can string together the necessary 2 or 3 points, a deuce game can theoretically last forever.

Similarly, a player generally wins a set by winning six games with a two-game margin over an opponent. Should the set arrive at a score of six games all, however, a first-to-seven tiebreak is played to determine the set winner. Like a deuce game, there is no end to a tiebreak until a player has reached seven or achieved a 2-point margin over the other player. Again, in theory, a tiebreak can continue without end.

From this point, scoring structures of a match can vary. Most professional matches are played in best-of-three sets, though male players sometimes engage in best-of-five-set matches. In deciding sets at major tennis championships, tiebreaks are not permitted, and players must win the match by a two-game margin. At the recreational level, individuals may opt to play a single set, or further customize scoring by doing away with deuce games or playing a set to eight games rather than six.

Alabama Food Frenzy – Lawyers Compete to Collect Food Donations

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Attorney Kenneth (Ken) Randall is the president and CEO of iLaw in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In addition to his daily work creating online course content for law students, Kenneth Randall remains a member of the Alabama State Bar (ASB).

The ASB is a statewide organization for attorneys. For nearly a century its members have worked to improve the judicial system in the Heart of Dixie and help increase public understanding of state law.

In the spring of 2017, lawyers across the state held the Alabama Food Frenzy. Between April 24 and May 5, more than 50 firms competed to see who could collect the most food for charity. Teams collected more than 72,000 pounds of food during this competition. These donations were split between eight regional food banks in the area.

Cooper Shattuck, LLC, received the Attorney General’s Cup for winning the competition this year. The firm brought in 2,597 pounds of food per employee, which will help support families throughout the state.

New NYSBA President Takes Office

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After a successful career spanning nearly 20 years as the dean of the University of Alabama School of Law, Kenneth “Ken” Randall went into the private sector in 2012, launching iLaw and iLawGlobal, education technology firms. With legal experience in several states, Kenneth Randall is admitted to a number of professional legal societies, including the New York State Bar Association.

Beginning June 1, Sharon Stern Gerstman officially began her tenure as president of the New York State Bar Association, the 120th individual to hold the post in the organization’s history and only one of seven women. Commenting on the commencement of her official duties, Gerstman says one of her primary goals is to spur members to take practical action to improve the criminal justice system. One of the ways she says members can do this is to continue the organization’s longstanding tradition of pro bono services to indigent clients.

Additionally, Gerstman says she will conduct a comprehensive review of NYSBA’s policies, as well as state law. She is particularly interested in those that have had a negative impact on the prison system, namely increasing its population to overwhelming numbers, especially among minorities.

The Early History of Tennis

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After 20 years as the dean of The University of Alabama School of Law, Kenneth Randall went on to be the president and CEO of iLaw and iLawGlobal located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 2012. In his spare time, Kenneth Randall enjoys playing tennis.

While some historians believe the ancient Egyptians played a form of tennis, and there are records of Tuscan villagers playing a version of it with their hands in the fifth century, a more recognizable game was played in an enclosed area by monks in Italy and France in the 12th century.

The French aristocracy adopted the sport, and they named it Real Tennis while developing a unified system of rules and equipment by the 16th century. The French monarch, Francis I (1515-1547), was passionate about the game and oversaw the construction of numerous courts and encouraged other social classes in his kingdom to engage in the sport.

Meanwhile, England’s Henry VIII was an expert player himself during his reign between 1509-1547, and he had a court built at the Royal Palace of Hampton Court that is still in use today.

Thanksgiving Feast Raises Money to Support Project Blessings

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Kenneth Randall is president and CEO of the Alabama-based educational technology companies iLaw and iLawGlobal, which provide online educational course material to schools around the world. Outside of his career, Kenneth “Ken” Randall contributes to his community through active involvement in Project Blessings.

A nonprofit organization fueled by donors and volunteers who make home repairs and improvements for people who can’t afford a handyman, Project Blessings holds a Thanksgiving feast each year to raise money for its projects. In 2016, the event was held for the seventh time at Chuck’s Fish in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Manned by Chuck’s employees and roughly 50 volunteers, the feast served Thanksgiving dinner between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The meals were free, but diners deposited donations in plastic buckets throughout the restaurant.

The staff of Chuck’s worked for free and did not accept tips. All money collected went directly to Project Blessings. Chuck’s annual Thanksgiving feast is Project Blessings’ biggest fundraiser of the year.

Tennis Body Mechanics Myths

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An Alabama attorney with nearly 35 years of legal experience, Kenneth “Ken” Randall serves schools by providing educational content in his role as president and CEO of iLaw and iLawGlobal in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Outside of his work life, Kenneth Randall is an avid tennis player.

Tennis is a leisure activity that helps promote physical fitness. For new players, it can be tempting to try to emulate everything one sees in tennis instructional manuals and other learning tools, but sometimes such rigidity can be counterproductive to progressing as a tennis player. Here are some tips about body movement that run counter to popular wisdom, but are actually fundamental to becoming a better player.

Many tennis players subscribe to the notion that the body should be moving forward on every shot. While this might be ideal, the very nature of tennis precludes such a thing, because many shots require the body to be moving sideways, and sometimes even backwards. Instead of trying to fight against the body’s mechanics and force an unnatural motion, it’s more advantageous to learn how to work with your body’s natural movements while shotmaking. It’s good to move one’s weight into the shot when circumstances allow, but it’s also important not to be afraid to make a shot while moving backwards or sideways.

Similarly, many players have been told that they must bend their knees on every shot. Again, while this is ideal when a player has time to set up perfectly and wait for the ball, sometimes the circumstances of play simply do not allow it. It’s natural for the body to bend the knees, actually, so focusing so hard on doing it takes vital mental energy away from other aspects of shotmaking that require concentration. Also, it brings unnecessary critical thought in response to situations when one needn’t bend the knees to make a shot. As with body weight movement, leg movement is more about athleticism and leaning into the body’s natural movements than trying to artificially introduce knee-bending into every shot.