Former NFL Commissioner Bringing Gay Rights Message to Bowdoin (Bowdoin Orient)

Paul Tagliabue, former commissioner of the National Football League and a strong advocate for gay rights, will deliver the keynote address at Bowdoin’s third annual “Anything but Straight in Athletics” event on Monday.

Bowdoin’s Franz on Obama’s First 2012 TV Ad Blitz (ABC News)

Michael Franz


President Obama’s first “on-air offensive” of the 2012 campaign (an ad buy of about $1.4 million targeting 25 media markets in six swing states) reveals more than what the ads themselves attempt to tell viewers — about his record on ethics reform and investments in the green energy economy.

“Advertising market placement is like a tell, and it is clear that the Obama campaign views these battleground states as most important at this stage of the game,” says Associate Professor of  Government Michael Franz in an ABC News story, which cites research compiled by the Wesleyan Media Project, of which Franz is co-director.

The Wesleyan Media Project, funded by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Wesleyan University, was established to track advertising  in federal elections. Read the latest WMP news release, “Outside Group Involvement in GOP Contest Skyrockets Compared to 2008.

Franz is co-author of Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering (3rd ed.), which delves into how recent reforms and campaign finance laws have substantially changed the roles interest groups play and how these changes are affecting the 2012 elections.

Legal Eagles Keeping Fewer in the Nest (Wall Street Journal)

While law firms are finally rebounding from the recession, the future may still look bleak for prospective lawyers.

An article in The Wall Street Journal explains that although the conditions at law firms have stabilized over the past few years, many firms are cutting the ranks of their entry level lawyers.

The demand for high-ranking graduates from the Ivy League and other top law schools remains high, but for the rest, life after law school may not be what they had envisioned.