Thursday, July 21, 2011
A Widener University Law School panel formed to investigate allegations that a tenured professor made racist, sexist, and violent statements has found that the accusations were "not proven," the professor's attorney said Thursday.
Lawrence Connell, who has taught at the Wilmington school for 26 years, was accused of using violent hypothetical examples involving his attempting to shoot Linda L. Ammons, dean of the law school, as part of classes on criminal procedure late last year.
He also is accused of making a series of racist and sexist statements. Connell, who has been on paid administrative leave, denies the allegations and claims that Ammons is trying to fire him because of his conservative political views.
Whether the panel's decision means Connell will be reinstated was not immediately clear.
- Press release from Prof. Connell's lawyer
- Balkinization, Professor Connell's Accusers
- Jonathan Turley, Widener Law Disciplinary Committee Exonerates Criminal Law Prof
- Legal Insurrection, Widener Law Prof. Lawrence Connell Wins Dismissal Case
- National Law Journal, Widener Law Professor Cleared of Harassment Charges
- Volokh Conspiracy, Criminal Law Professor (Mostly) Exonerated in Widener Law Disciplinary Case
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Law Prof May Lose Tenure For Classroom Hypos on Shooting His Dean (Feb. 15, 2011)
- Interview With Tenured Law Prof Fighting For His Job After Using Dean in Hypos (Feb. 21, 2011)
- Committee: Don't Fire Tenured Law Prof for Classroom Hypos About His Dean (Mar. 11, 2011)
- Students File Disciplinary Charges Against Law Prof for Classroom Hypos (Mar. 17, 2011)
- Law Prof Sues Dean for Defamation (Apr. 8, 2011)