Monday, June 22, 2009
DePaul University has just named an interim dean to replace Glen Weissenberger. It is Warren D. Wolfson, a justice on the Illinois Appellate Court. Judge Wolfson will reportedly assume the position as interim dean for a two-appointment starting on August 15. A national search will be launched next summer to try to fill the deanship permanently.
Click here to read more about Judge Wolfson and his appointment on the Law Librarian Blog.
Shortly after receiving the news about the new appointment, we received this comment from Ralph Brill at Chicago-Kent College of Law. He posted as a comment to our post, but we're also posting it here to make it easier for you to read.
I understand that DePaul has appointed Judge Warren Wolfson of the Illinois Appellate Court as the Interim Dean.
Warren and I have known each other since grammar school. In fact, he was three years ahead of me at every school we both attended –grammar, high, undergraduate and law school. He was one of the best criminal lawyers --- make that one of the best lawyers (period) --- I have ever seen. He has served as a judge for about 25 years now, at the trial and appellate levels. His opinions are well reasoned, well documented, sound. He also has been the director of our great trial advocacy program since 1970. He is the epitome of the ethical attorney/judge of the highest morals and values.
In spite of all that, I think he is making a grave mistake in taking this job. DePaul’s Associate Dean, Stephen Siegal, also has resigned his position. And most of the faculty are in a state of revolt, similar to the situation in Iran. I only hope that Warren has extracted promises from the DePaul administration to immediately rectify the underlying problems that have caused this state of affairs. Knowing him as I do, I am confident that he would not have taken the position unless he knew the entire fact situation and had already laid the groundwork for a fair solution. I have left him a message offering any help I can give with advice or liaison type services.
In my opinion, it is too late to save Dean Weissenberger’s job as dean. Those who are so inclined should continue to send messages to the university administration, excoriating them or offering whatever your view is. But I think it also is important in this time to indicate to the Legal Writing people at DePaul, directed by Susan Thrower, your support in this trying time. She probably will need some advice from time to time in the upcoming weeks.