Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Posted by Nancy Rapoport
I'm cross-posting a version of this at MoneyLaw (What's going on at Ave Maria Law?). Jeff & Alan pointed me to this story: Crisis at Ave Maria Law. That post certainly looks awful for folks at that school, and my only caution here is that people on the outside of this controversy remember that they won't ever know the real story. It's all too easy to take sides, but only those inside the school have first-hand knowledge. (Even then, I doubt that any one person has complete knowledge of what's happening there. Deans don't know the whole story of anything; nor does the faculty. People know what they've seen and heard, but people also filter things through their own experiences.)
I'll never be able to put myself in the places of the UHLC faculty and staff members during that last year that I was dean. I wish I could, but I can't. Nor can any of them experience what that year was like for me, even though there are plenty of good-hearted people at UHLC who empathized with me. I'm certainly too far removed from the life of law students to pretend to imagine what those last few months of the 2005-06 academic year were like for them.
If folks want to weigh in on the generalities of the issues raised by the Ave Maria post above, that's one thing, and that's completely appropriate. But I just want to caution you that weighing in on specifics--unless you have first-hand knowledge--probably won't do much for anyone. If you want to get a feel for what it was like to have complete strangers weigh in on UHLC's issues last year, see my blog, under "Preview of some Managing By Ambush material" (on the right-hand side of the blog).