Monday, September 17, 2007

Political Pressure and UCI Law Deanship Hiring/Firing

The developments over the hiring and firing of a liberal new law school dean at UCI threatens to derail not only the opening of the law school, but endangers UCI's reputation as a site of renowned scholarship free from political interference.

Faculty and newspapers, such as the New York Times, have already called for the UCI Chancellor, Michael Drake, to reverse his decision and say he made a mistake. Subversity has learned the chancellor may already be flying to North Carolina to meet with the hired and fired dean, Duke University Prof. Erwin Chemerinsky and renew negotiations with the latter. We are seeking confirmation of that unconfirmed account.

In our next show, slated for Monday, 17 September 2007, at 9-10 a.m., we talk with two key faculty members about this sad saga.

We talk with a founding faculty member at the forthcoming law school, Distinguished Prof. Elizabeth Loftus, who talks about one way out of this impasse.

We also talk with Prof. David Theo Goldberg, who heads the UC-system's Humanities Research Institute headquartered at UCI, and who drafted the "open letter" in the form of an online petition, calling for the Chancellor to re-offer the dean's position to Prof. Erwin Chemerinsky.

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