UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake and Erwin Chemerinsky have reached an agreement that will return the liberal legal scholar to the dean’s post at the university’s new law school, the university announced this morning.
With the deal, they hope to end the controversy that erupted when Chemerinsky was dropped as the first dean of the Donald Bren School of Law.
Of course, to save face, UCI has to pretend like it was Chemerinsky’s fault for being so darned divisive:
Drake has insisted that Chemerinsky didn’t lose the dean’s position because of his politics, saying that it was only because he expressed himself in a polarizing way.
This would make sense if Chemerinsky had gone all Ward Churchill between being hired and being fired, but since he didn’t one would have to conclude that UCI hired him without actually knowing what he had said publicly and how he said it. And can someone explain what was “polarizing” about Chemerinsky? He expressed political opinions in a polarized political environment; that’s not the same as being inflammatory. Did he tag up somebody’s house or something?
But whatever, I’ll let all that slide. Kudos, UCI; I don’t mind spinelessness as long as it’s equal-opportunity.