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Concordia University School of Law

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Chemerinsky Hiring/"Firing"/Protential Re-hiring: What Happened?

I don't know if any of you have been following (ok, how could you not be) the whole saga of the University of California-Irvine and its dean selection process that ended up in the press because they hired and then fired (or something close to fired) Professor Chemerinsky for reasons apparently related to his "controversial" political beliefs.  Now the LA Times reports that the law school may want to un-fire him.  Professor Paul Caron has a post detailing what both sides have said and some of the commentary and debate on the process. The AP Reports on the influence of politics in the decision and quotes a member of the county Board of Supervisors,

Making Chemerinsky the head of the law school "would be like appointing al-Qaida in charge of homeland security," Michael Antonovich, a longtime Republican member of the county Board of Supervisors, said in a voicemail left with The Associated Press.

Yikes - what an open-minded tolerant individual!  The Next Hurrah explains further some of the backgrounds of indiividuals involved in the Chemerinsky decision and provides some details on California politics.

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