(No, this isn’t a proper academic freedom issue; disgraceful, but not an issue of viewpoint suppression. Conservatives who claim such things when the shoe is on the right foot still won’t complain, though, I’ll bet.)
The University of California at Irvine is in the process of setting up a new law school. They had asked distinguished law scholar Erwin Chemerinsky of Duke to be dean, and he’d agreed.
Sources and commentary:
- Filasteen (with a tip of the old scrub brush for alerting us)
- Los Angeles Times, “UC Irvine reverses field on Chemerinsky”
- Left Coaster
- Brian Leiter’s Blog on Chemerinsky’s move to Duke
(no comment yet on UC-Irvine thing)
- Leiter’s Law School Blog, with much more commentary — Leiter reminds me that no, this isn’t really a proper academic freedom issue. And besides, he notes, “No Deans have real academic freedom.”
- “Pepperdine’s Douglas W. Kmiec defends Chemerinsky in LA Times opinion note
- LA Times columnist Dana Parsons, “Excuse for UCI’s fumble on law school dean not good enough“
- Earlier, LA Times, “Law professor may be OC law school’s first dean”
(Waiting for conservatives who complained about breaches of academic freedom for conservatives to explain the injustice . . . still waiting . . . still waiting . . .)
Not waiting any more. Instapundit links to a bunch of conservatives who have sprung to Chemerinsky’s defense. Great news that they’d do it at all!