Monday, June 15, 2009

Academic freedom is under attack at many law school clinics

So reports the Chronicle of Higher Ed in this piece.  Here's an excerpt:

Many faculty members at law-school clinics feel pressure from their bosses to steer clear of cases that might incur the displeasure of donors, lawmakers, or others who could complicate life for their institutions, the results of a recent survey suggest.

The survey of about 300 faculty members at law-school clinics found that nearly 10 percent reported having been urged by their law school's dean to avoid a particular case, and nearly 15 percent report having been urged by their clinic's director to avoid one. The survey, conducted by an associate dean at the University of Michigan Law School, was discussed at a conference on academic freedom held last week by the American Association of University Professors.

Read the whole thing here.  I am the scholarship dude.  (jbl)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwriting/2009/06/academic-freedom-is-under-attack-at-many-law-school-clinics.html

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