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Friday, August 28, 2009

UConn Law Prof's Latest Troubles

Birminham Following up on my previous post, UConn Law Prof Suspended for Showing Film Clip in Class; Blames Technology "Wardrobe Malfunction":  Above the Law reports on Professor Robert L. Birminham's latest travails (from the Hartford Courant):

Heather Kaufmann, 33, surrendered to police Monday and is facing charges of second-degree forgery, third-degree larceny, third-degree identity theft, credit card theft, receiving goods illegally, charging less than $500 on a revoked credit card and five counts of fraudulent use of an ATM....

According to court documents, police said that in the days following the death of her aunt on Dec. 7, 2008, Kaufmann used her aunt's ATM card and wrote a check on the account that, together, came to more than $3,200. ...

The affidavit also says that Kaufmann wrote a check from the account of more than $1,000 to her boyfriend, UConn Law Professor Robert L. Birmingham, and signed the check with her aunt's name....

Kaufmann served as Birmingham's attorney in October 2007 when the professor agreed to take a leave of absence after showing a clip from the R-rated film "Really, Really Pimpin' in Da South" in his legal remedies class.

The film featured an interview with a convicted pimp, but when Birmingham pressed the pause button as the interview ended, the film had switched over to a scene of a thong-clad woman dancing suggestively, which created a buzz on the campus but did not result in any formal student complaints.

Birmingham returned the following semester, but his usual course on feminist legal theory was dropped.

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Theory not practice?

Posted by: mike livingston | Aug 28, 2009 11:22:31 AM