Following up on yesterday's post, Law Profs Debate Prevalence Of Ideological Discrimination In Faculty Hiring At Chicago-Kent, Other Law Schools:
Ralph Brill (Chicago-Kent), One Current and One Former Chicago-Kent Law Professor Debate the Prevalence of Discrimination Against Conservative/Libertarian Candidates in Law Faculty Hiring:
Jim Lindgren asks: “Since I was hired at Chicago-Kent in 1990, Ralph, how many conservatives, libertarians—or even moderate Republicans—has Chicago-Kent hired?”
Ralph Brill: Frankly, I don’t know, because, during that period, to my knowledge, no one other than you or Randy Barnett ever asked faculty candidates to what political group they belonged? I know I never did. I have asked others who were there at the time and they all swear they did not.
Of course, once people joined the faculty, I probably knew from lunch time conversation in the faculty lounge that perhaps five or six voted Republican in recent elections — After Randy Barnett and yourself, there were Dale, Fred, Fred, Phil, Gerry, and, perhaps on some issues, Jeff. But individual’s political leanings were never discussed by the full faculty or dean when we were voting on whether to extend offers or not to candidates. (Apparently, according to you, they were discussed behind closed doors by some members of the recruitment committee, but never by the rest of us.)
If anything, the possible questioning of a candidate on politics did occur well before Jim Lindgren joined the faculty. Thus, when I joined the faculty in 1961, the majority of the full time faculty was openly Republican. The dean was so ardently so that he even refused to lower the school’s flag or call off classes when a president he despised, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. We had several faculty members in the 1980’s who ran for judgeships as Republicans or not on the Democratic ticket. The vast majority of the Board of Trustees before our merger with IIT were Republicans. The major officers at IIT after the merger also were Republicans.
February 28, 2017 | Permalink
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