Under the headline Decision of the Day: The Worst Sanction Ever?, Robert Loblaw reports on Willhite v. Collins, 06-1004 (8th Cir., Aug. 21, 2006), as follows:
Attorney David Van Sickle was a little too zealous an advocate for his clients in a property dispute. After losing several actions in state court, he filed the same suit in federal court. The district court was not amused, imposing monetary and other sanctions on Van Sicke, including a requirement that he take and — gasp! — pass a law school class on federal jurisdiction. The Eighth Circuit remands on other grounds, but encourages the district court to revisit this sanction because of the burden it would place on some unlucky law school to accept a practicing attorney as a student.
Seems to me the real problem would be if no local school would accept him; attending a single class out of town would be enormously expensive and disruptive. But otherwise, I kinda like the idea.
Might even be good for students, too, as a sort of ‘Don’t Let This Happen to You’ example.