Following up on my previous posts (links below): Stephen Bainbridge (UCLA), The University of Louisville Pulled Back the Curtain to Expose an Ugly Law School Secret:
Apparently the University of Louisville law school has decided to meet declining enrollments and dwindling funds not by upping their game, but by "branding" itself as a "progressive" institution committed to "social justice." ...
U of L's interim dean has filed trumped up charges against someone who limply objected to the project by encouraging his students to think [for] themselves. Which is obviously heresy in the left-liberal reeducation camp U of L has become.
The real tragedy, however, is that what's happening at U of L is just an express embracing of the leftist hegemony that pervades American legal education. Conservatives, libertarians, people of faith ... heck, anybody to the right of Hillary Clinton are hugely underrepresented in the legal academy and our students who profess such values have learned to hide their light under a bushel lest they be sent off to the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Tolerance, and Goodness (higher education's version of the Ministry of Love).
Ultimately, of course, this is why U of L's branding effort will fail miserably. Virtually every other law school the country--with very few honorable exceptions--has precisely the same identity, they just don't advertise it. And why should they when everybody knows the dirty little secret, except the parents and state legislators who fund this cuckoo in their nest.
Ann Althouse (Wisconsin), "Apparently the University of Louisville law school has decided to meet declining enrollments and dwindling funds not by upping their game, but by 'branding' itself as a 'progressive' institution committed to 'social justice':
Are "compassion" and "social justice" neutral terms? Are they starkly, intentionally leftist? Maybe it's something in between: They feel neutral to those who are living within a left-wing environment, like fish in water. It's that third option that occurred to me when I read Marcosson's words: "I do not believe it ever occurred to anyone who proposed this at the law school or voted for it that it had any ideological or partisan content at all."
Louisville Courier-Journal, U of L Law School Adopts 'Compassion' Decree:
After a fierce and sometimes emotional debate, the faculty of University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law on Tuesday voted 26-2 to “champion the cause of compassion.” ...
One professor, Russell Weaver, who opposed the resolution, denounced another, Cedric Merlin Powell, as being “close-minded” for refusing to consider an amendment that would have included respecting “ideological and political diversity” in the definition of compassion. Powell responded that Weaver didn’t deserve consideration, in part because he has long treated colleagues with “condescension and contempt.”
Supporters of the resolution noted that many large corporations and other organizations have signed on to the compassion campaign. “It’s not just us and a bunch of liberals,” said Rudy Ellis, a third-year student and president of the Student Bar Association. Ellis complained that what he called “the Civil War” between faculty was hurting the school. ...
Weaver, who complained in his online column that the resolution was part of the law school’s “partisan agenda,” said that it could come back to haunt the school when students complain about grades being released the day before Christmas, which he said is not compassionate. “I guarantee that students will come back and hit us over the head with this,” he said.
But other professors said that compassion is just one value that is important at the law school and that it would not jeopardize rigor in grading or in the classroom. Professor Manning Warren, the only professor besides Weaver to speak against the resolution, described himself as a liberal Democrat but complained that compassion is “a loaded term.” “Does it mean you feel sorry for the 16-year-old girl who is raped,” he asked, “or her unborn baby?" “It just doesn’t make sense to vote on something when we don’t know what it means,” he said.
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