UC Irvine officials hired and then turned around and fired Erwin Chemerinsky as their new dean for their soon-to-be law school because Chemerinsky is considered to be too liberal.
According to Chemerinsky, UCI Chancellor Michael Drake flew to Raleigh, North Carolina on Tuesday to withdraw the offer that was made to Chemerinsky face-to-face.Ã‚Â ChemerinskyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s hiring would have to be approved by the University of California Board of Regents before it was final.
From the Orange County Register:
Chemerinsky said he picked Drake up in his car from the airport, and was told in the car the offer was being rescinded. The rest of the conversation took place in a hotel lobby near the airport.”He said significant opposition had developed against me. He said he didn’t realize how much conservatives would be out to get me,” Chemerinsky said. “He told me he felt it would be a bloody fight at the Board of Regents, and, even if I was confirmed, the fight would do damage to the law school.”
Chemerinsky is a nationally known constitutional scholar; he has been on the faculty of USC for 21 years; he currently works at Duke University.Ã‚Â He is well known for his support of separation of church and state, and abortion rights.
UCI says that they will release a statement later today on the hiring-then-firing (or the Oanh Nguyen-Laming) of Chemerinsky.
Chemerinsky said he intended to be a law dean for “all of Orange County,” not merely the political left.”I wasn’t going to be a liberal dean, I was going to be a dean for all viewpoints,” he said.
Drake asked him to agree to tell the public that the firing was a mutual decision, but Chemerinsky said he refused.
“I said I would tell the truth, and I am,” Chemerinsky said.
Why wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t ChemerinskyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s background considered before he was offered a job?Ã‚Â And why is it such a big deal to be a vocal liberal in Orange County?[Orange County Register]