Gonzales Hired To Teach At Unaccredited Belmont Law School in Tennessee

While former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has been able to escape investigation and prosecution for his role in the torture program, no law firms or ranking law schools wanted to touch him as he sought gainful employment. Gonzales has been struggling to find someone who wants to be represented or taught by an individual ridiculed for politicizing the Justice Department and bringing in hacks who were accused of a variety of criminal and ethical violations. Well, he finally found one school. Belmont University has created an unaccredited law school in Tennessee. Its new Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law is no one else than Alberto Gonzales.

Presumably, the “Distinguished” refers to the chair rather than the holder.

Belmont College of Law Founding Dean Jeff Kinsler insisted that Gonzales has what it takes to be “an outstanding professor.” So long as he does not waterboard the students.

What is truly scary is is Gonzales’ pledge to help “develop tomorrow’s leaders in the bar, the Nashville community and beyond.” The idea of Gonzales shaping lawyers is enough to force one into a fetal position.

Nevertheless, Doyle Rogers’ wife, Barbara Massey Rogers is ecstatic: “I thought it fitting and most appropriate to recognize a man of his stature and accomplishments in the legal profession at the opening of the new law school at Belmont University, a university very close to my heart.” “Of his stature and accomplishments”? He is on the top of the list in various countries as an alleged war criminal and was the target of the Spanish war crimes investigation until the Obama Administration coerced the Spaniards to block the prosecution. He is viewed by conservatives and liberal lawyers alike of destroying the professionalism and morale of the Justice Department by hiring exceptionally low quality lawyers who were selected for their blind loyalty to the President.

Here is the school’s press release.

I know little about Belmont University or its law school. However, it is a disgraceful start of any institution committed to teaching the rule of law by hiring a man viewed as its very antithesis. Here is a more relevant quote for the next press release from Justice Louis Brandeis in Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928).:

In a government of laws, existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that in the administration of the criminal law the end justifies the means — to declare that the government may commit crimes in order to secure the conviction of a private criminal — would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this court should resolutely set its face.

Source: Tennessean

56 thoughts on “Gonzales Hired To Teach At Unaccredited Belmont Law School in Tennessee

  1. I guess this doesnt bode well for Eric Holder then. At least Alberto didnt nuance having a US citizen executed without benefit of trial. Nor did he cause the death of individuals by allowing drug cartels to purchase weapons in the US.

    Damn, Holder has a good deal of blood on his hands. I think Gonzales crimes are a little less severe. On the one hand you have water boarding and on the other a predator missile strike on a US citizen, both without due process. One you get water water up your nose and your hair gets wet and it scares the bejesus out of you, the other you lose your head, arms, legs and torso and get sent to be with Jesus or Mohammed as you prefer.

    Personally I’d be up for a “swim” any day of the week.

  2. And Children this is where you end up if you throw your nose to the constitution….

    But he can claim he had it all:

    Gonzales was an attorney in private practice from 1982 until 1994 with the Houston law firm Vinson and Elkins, where he became a partner – the first Hispanic partner (along with one other new partner that year) in the firm’s history – and where he worked primarily with business clients.

    Where he started going wrong:

    In 1994, he was named general counsel to then-Texas Governor George W. Bush, rising to become Secretary of State of Texas in 1997 and finally to be named to the Texas Supreme Court in 1999, both appointments made by Governor Bush.

    Gonzales received the endorsement of every statewide official and every major Texas newspaper in his election bid to remain on the court in the Republican Primary in 2000, a race he won with over 57% of the vote. The citizens of Texas elected Gonzales to a full six-year term on the Supreme Court in the November 2000 general election with 81% of the vote.

    Where he went WRONG:

    On November 10, 2004, it was announced that he would be nominated to replace United States Attorney General John Ashcroft for Bush’s second term.

  3. AY:

    Right you are. I understand Gonzales is joining other eminent faculty members Captain Kangaroo and Mister Rogers. Pity they’re dead but it does keep the lectures brief.

  4. Bron, I don’t think you will find too many around here defending Eric Holder. Or should we start calling him, “Holdover?”

  5. OS,

    That was good….


    Now…wait….both of those men..were special forces…once was a Ranger and the other a Seal,( I think it was this SOD)……They do have ethics….lol

  6. In reply to Bron, I will list the Americans who were murdered by the US government while living abroad. Ben Linder, who was targeted for death by the CIA Contras under Reagan. His crime was to be a civil engineer working on a hydroelectric project for the Sandinista government in rural Nicaragua. He was murdered at his work site. Then there is the case of Charles Horman who had the misfortune to have learned of the CIA involvement in the coup in Chile. He was rounded up by the military since he was a supporter of Allende and a reporter. He was later taken out and murdered without trial. The fact is that the Chilean military would never have executed an AMERICAN without the express consent of the Nixon administration. Then there were the US reporters who were attending a press conference with Eden Pastora who was fighting against the Sandinistas, but who hated the thugs of the Contras and would not join with them. The reporters were the victims of a CIA bomb that was designed to kill Pastora, but only wounded him. It was at first believed the Sandinistas had done that, but later turned out to be the CIA. The reporters sued the US government for their injuries, but the case was thrown out of court since it happened on foreign soil and the US government had immunity.
    Then there are the four nuns in El Salvador who were raped and murdered by US trained and sponsored forces. It is highly doubtful that the soldiers involved would have done that on their own, especially since they knew that the women were Americans.

    You will notice that ALL of these victims were NON-COMBATANTS and NOT affiliated with any group which had committed terrorist actions against the US or anybody. Unlike the fanatic who was killed in Yemen, who had acknowledged his membership and activity with Al Qeada. He also had full opportunity to return to the US and avail himself of his rights. He chose NOT to do so. Again, NONE of the victims I mentioned were given that right, or even knew that they were marked for execution for their lawful and peaceful activities.

    As for Holder being held responsible for so called crimes. The fact is that the US and law enforcement agents allow illegal transactions to take place all the time in hopes of catching more crooks or getting better intel about their activities. At least when it went wrong, it was in Mexico for the most part. Unlike Reagans war on the black community when the Contras and the US government were importing tons of cocaine into the US. That alone should have resulted in impeachment or imprisonment for most of his administration. The only person who suffered was the reporter who broke the story. Reagan and the GOP have always been the most law breaking politicians in my recent memory and have had nothing but contempt for the law.

    As for Alberto, he was simply doing what he always had done which is looking out for his own best interests, and a willing dupe to give cover to any activity of his superiors. If he is to blame for anything, then his bosses should also be in the dock. It is even worse that Yoo is still at a prestigious law school in Berkeley. THAT should be of FAR greater concern than this piss ant school and “teacher”.

  7. The wingnut welfare office(WWO) is well staffed and it ALWAYS takes care of its minions. The WWO pays people in a large number of ways, sinecure at some think tank, TV talking head, speaking engagements and book deals (check the NYT best seller list, it puts an asterisk next to books with large bulk buys – you always see them next to books by wingnut authors). It now seems the WWO is intent on adding college chairs to their pay office.

    IF the average American figures out how to identify the WWO clients and ignore them it will still take two generations to bleed the leeches out of the system.

  8. He may not have been charged, brought to trial, or convicted but this job sounds like part of a work-release program.

    Historians are going to have a ball with these Bush folk for decades to come. And, quite frankly, if he continues down the path he has thus followed, also with Obama and his buds. Legacy, baby, legacy.

  9. Arthur, well said.
    I am glad that Gonzo is getting back to work in training new, impressionable attorneys. The good news is that hopefully they will stay in Tennessee.

  10. Ken Burns’ new documentary, ‘Prohibition,’ features that quote from Justice Brandeis, and narrates the story of Olmstead, a bootlegger.

  11. A little bit OT … but not by much:


    “City bus drivers sued the New York Police Department on Monday for commandeering their buses and making them drive to the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday to pick up detained protesters.

    “We’re down with these protesters. We support the notion that rich folk are not paying their fair share,” said Transport Workers Union President John Samuelsen. “Our bus operators are not going to be pressed into service to arrest protesters anywhere.”

    The beat goes on …

  12. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy

    In other words it becomes systemic, such that each administration is caught up in its grip.

  13. The reason that Reagan and his ilk feel free to break the law is that they truly believe that they are the “Elite”. They feel that they have a mandate from the founding fathers to run this country for their benefit. When they speak of the American people, what they mean is, the wealthy powerful people. The rest of us are just along for the ride and it annoys them that we won’t just shut up and do as they say is best. No joke They will never admit it but their attitude shows it clearly

  14. I know little about Belmont University or its law school.

    Hosted a presidential debate in 2008. In 2010 they fired soccer coach Lisa Howe for being a lesbian. Gonzalez should fit right in.

  15. In order from least bad to most bad:
    3. “Prof” Gonzalez actually torturing (water boarding) students.
    2. “Prof” Gonzales teaching students HOW to subvert the law and the constitution.
    1. (Most bad) “Prof.” Gonzalez teaching students that subverting the law and the constitution either out of loyalty to the individual who occupies the office of president or as a means to a short-term end, is a good thing to do.

    Perhaps he will bring in the Distinguished Professor Yoo to give some guest lectures?

    Finally: Who the hell knowingly signs up as a student at an unaccredited “school”? Do these geniuses even know what the implications are?

  16. Tom,
    sometimes people will sign up at an unaccredited school in hopes that it will achieve its accreditation during their tenure there. I think Yoo would be a perfect fit for a class led by Gonzo.

  17. Rogers (Lawyer in real estate, investment, etc.) and his wife are well known Palm Beach Florida activists and philanthropists. Barbara Massey’s father is a famous Tennessee philanthropist. Doyle was appointed to the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District of Florida in 2001. Jeb Bush was elected Governor in 1998.

    This is part of the ongoing, unstated quid pro quo in politics. The Bush family and their friends and like-minded folks to take care of the disgraced AG, IMO. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Somebody in the Massey or Rogers family, or their very good friends and associates, bought an endowment at some time and now it’s a vehicle for paying off an old political debt.

    “Doyle and Barbara Massey Rogers”

    “A graduate of the University of Florida and its law school, Doyle Rogers is a shareholder in the law firm of Alley, Maass, Rogers & Lindsay. Rogers and his wife, Barbara Massey, daughter of Tennessee philanthropist Jack Massey, are active in many civic and charitable projects, including The Society of the Four Arts, the Palm Beach Membership of Hospice Foundation of Palm Beach County Inc., the Palm Beach Civic Association, the Town of Palm Beach United Way and the Community Foundation. Doyle Rogers also is president of the University of Florida Foundation and the school’s national alumni group and a former member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for the Southern District of Florida.”


  18. i had to look up where belmont collage is. according to the notable alumni section they must have a school for american idol contestants.

  19. I can see why they want to have that section…A.I. Seems like someone has to have some form of intelligence…

  20. Arthur Randolph Erb – thanks for those reminders, it’s been going on for a long, long time, they just don’t have (or can’t?) hide it anymore.

  21. If the “Law School” gig doesn’t work out for Alberto Gonzales, he can join Fred Thompson, Pat Boone, and Fonzie in the reverse mortgage spokesperson racket. He might have a problem learning his lines though, with that bad memory of his. The phony sincerity part he has already mastered.

  22. It’s interesting that he sank so low as to teach at a Christian law school, and then could get accepted by either Pat Robertson’s Regent School of Law or Liberty University School of Law. I guess they wanted to keep their accreditation with the ABA.

  23. as I read the press release by Belmont, the quote by Roger’s wife cited by Turley was not meant to be praise of Gonzales, but was, rather praise of her husband’s accomplishments.

  24. I actually know something about Belmont U, which is four blocks down the street from where I’m writing this. It’s actually not a bad school in many respects. It identifies itself as “Christian,” but has detached itself from its old affiliation with the Tennessee State Baptist Convention, and is in no sense religious-right. It primarily sells itself as a school with an in to the Nashville music industry, which is right on its doorstep; as a result, it has a student body that in many respects is decidedly countercultural. You may recall there was a brouhaha last year over their firing of a popular women’s soccer coach who was lesbian; while they didn’t rehire her, they modified their GLBT policies after getting the riot act read to them by one of their big funders, the normally right-wing record mogul Mike Curb, who pointed out that it’s inconceivable to have a articitc community of any sort without GLBTS.

    Belmont’s big problem is that it has much bigger ambitions than it can handle; it’s in the shadow of Vanderbilt [also on its doorstep], and is constantly looking for ways to make a splash [for instance, hosting the second presidential debate in 2008]. It also tends to be heavily dependent on a few major funders, like Curb or the Massey family, with which it has long had close ties. It has a classically entrepreneurial president who doesn’t always recognize the difference between a university [or a neighborhood, for that matter–don’t get me going] and a personal empire. Add to this the fact that this is a brand-new law school [the building is still under construction] not yet accredited [it’s really unfair to call it “unaccredited” when it’s still getting organized, BTW], and with no faculty as yet to push back against this, and one can see all too well how this could happen. I’m frankly puzzled as to why Nashville actually needs another law school anyway, but then so are a lot of my friends on the Belmont faculty.

  25. He should have very soon a Constitution Law scholar, Nobel laureate – Advocat Barak Obama, as a colleague.


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