Douglas W. Kmiec, a prominent conservative constitutional law professor at Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, called the development “a tremendous setback for UC Irvine. It is a profound mistake in my judgment to have obtained the services of one of the most respected, most talented teachers of the Constitution in the United States and to turn him away on the specious ground that he is too liberal or too progressive. That is a betrayal of everything a law school should stand for.”
Incredibly, the only one helping UCI’s embattled and sinking chancellor Michael Drake toss Erwin under the bus is UC Berkeley’s Law School dean, Christopher Edley, which will draw a lot of attention among legal academics:
Drake drew support from Christopher Edley, dean of the Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, whom Drake consulted on the decision to let Chemerinsky go.
“It appeared to me that Michael was willing to go forward in the face of opposition but for the fact that he lost confidence in Erwin’s willingness to subordinate his autonomy and personal profile for the good of the institution,” Edley said.
Edley, who worked in the Clinton administration, said it was nothing that he had not been called to do himself.
“I was questioned explicitly by people who feared I would turn the deanship into a platform for my own ideological commitments,” he said. “But it was clear to me then, and it’s clear to me now, that the job requires something else.”
The Los Angeles Times reporters must have seen the clock hit six and went home without finding even one regent to talk to. Really, here is a story that was known from early yesterday and not one regent could be reached for comment?