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Monday, December 12, 2011

University of Texas Chancellor Orders Review of Use of Foundation Funds to Pay 19 Law Faculty Over $300,000

Texas LogoFollowing up on Friday's post, University of Texas Law School Dean Resigns Immediately in Wake of Faculty Division Over Compensation: ABA Journal, UT Chancellor Orders Review of Law School Foundation Funds in Wake of Dean’s Resignation:

The chancellor of the University of Texas Systems has ordered tighter controls over the flow of funds from a charitable foundation that has directed millions of dollars to the UT law school over the past several decades. Friday's directive from Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa came a day after law school Dean Larry Sager was asked to resign following the release of records showing that some law professors, including Sager, have received hundreds of thousands of dollars in forgivable loans from the UT Law School Foundation, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

Sager himself received a $500,000 forgivable loan in 2009. Daniel Rodriguez, who becomes dean of the Northwestern University School of Law next month, received $300,000 in forgivable loans, the Austin American-Statesman reported, citing records obtained under the Texas Public Information Act.

The records also show that 19 members of the law school faculty are making $300,000 a year or more.

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Unless I get some detail on what is funded by my own law school's foundation I will be suspending my annual contribution. I hope others in our profession will also make transparency a prerequisite.

Posted by: Duke | Dec 13, 2011 6:18:34 AM

Public money was not used for this. Is the problem that some of the deals were made when there was a hiring freeze?

Posted by: anonymous | Dec 13, 2011 9:30:42 AM