University of California, Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake announced on Monday that he is reinstating respected constitutional scholar Erwin Chemerinsky as the new UCI law school�s founding dean. The decision follows controversy and widespread outrage from both liberals and conservatives over Drake�s rescinding the original deanship offer.
Drake flew to Durham, NC over the weekend to meet with Chemerinsky face to face. In a conference call with reporters, Drake and Chemerinsky both agreed that Chemerinsky will have complete academic freedom and would continue to write opinion articles on a wide range of topics, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Media Resources: Feminist Majority Foundation News Wire 9/17/07; Los Angeles Times 9/18/07; New York Times 9/18/07