Paul L. Caron

Thursday, August 9, 2012

St. Louis President Says He Was Going to Fire Dean, Names PI Lawyer Interim Dean

St. Louis LogoFollowing up on yesterday's post, St. Louis Law School Dean Resigns Abruptly, Blasts University Administration:  Above the Law:  University President Claims He Intended to Terminate Ex-Dean’s Appointment, Hires Personal Injury Attorney as Interim Dean:

Clark’s passionate letter may have been penned in one of those “can’t fire me, I quit” type scenarios. Clark may have purported to be going to the mattresses for her students, and she might have been doing just that. But as we all know, there are two sides to every story….

After Clark sent out her resignation letter to Father Lawrence Biondi, St. Louis University’s President, and its Vice President, Manoj Patankar, Biondi quickly responded and addressed the issue with the law school faculty. In his letter, Biondi claims that Clark was to be fired (the full letter is available on the next page). ... Rather than pledging to change the status quo at the law school, or acknowledging any of Clark’s allegations as truths, Biondi decided to appoint an interim dean: ... Thomas Q. Keefe, a personal injury attorney without any teaching experience who claims that he’s “nuttier than a fruitcake,” will serve as dean for the 2012-2013 school year. ...

Law professors and SLU Law students are already reacting to Biondi’s hiring decision. Here’s a funny Facebook status update from a law professor at another school:

I’m fascinated that at St. Louis University Law School, after the Dean resigned and alleged wrongdoing by the University President, the University President responded the next day by appointing as interim Dean a personal injury lawyer in Swansea whose work e-mail address is “”. Hmm.

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SLU Law. A joke of a school. Might as well have a clown run the show.

Posted by: Esteban | Aug 11, 2012 7:24:41 AM

“” . . . classy.

Posted by: Lt. Dangle | Aug 9, 2012 4:31:01 PM