Brian Koppen of lawschooladvocacy.com fame now has a blog to accompany his rankings site. It appears Koppen will use the blog to dispense various morsels of wisdom and self-promote his own asinine system.
His first few posts seem to be aimed at me or things I've discussed here, asking readers to give their opinion of this blog and topics about which I've written. I found particularly amusing the post in which he directly calls me out, asking how my own program's new "relatively good ranking" will affect my criticisms of his methodology. Umm, no need to think about that answer: NOT ONE BIT. As I said way back in September, I'd have the same problems with Koppen's system whether my program is 1st, 6th, or 60th. Frankly, I could really care less where Texas Tech (or anyone else, for that matter) sits. My bigger concern is trying to convince others not to care either, but admittedly, I'm losing that fight.
Anyway, my fave post has to be this one, where he offers some observations about his just-"locked" (i.e., "finalized") 2008 rankings. Specifically, he marvels at how South Texas College of Law and UC Hastings College of the Law managed to secure first and second place in both years' rankings. I don't think those finishes would surprise anyone who knows even the slightest bit about law school moot court. But it somehow managed to surprise Koppen, who claims that when he started the rankings two years ago, he had "never heard of" South Texas or Hastings.
What if I started a site/blog about college basketball, purporting to be the definitive answer on program strength, and in a post I say, "UCLA? Never heard of 'em. Duke? Who are they?"
Seriously, folks. South Texas is to law school advocacy what Notre Dame is to college football. And yet the dude had never heard of South Texas before he started his site, and was surprised to learn that they topped his rankings in both years of the site's existence. To start a site that purports to be the final say on which programs are good or bad, and yet have never even heard of the most successful moot court program of all time (by a long shot), is embarrassing. Good grief, people.