Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Legal Community Is Split Over Emory Law Prof's Use Of 'N-Bomb'

Emory Law (2018)Following up on Saturday's post, Retired Emory Law Prof Asks ABA To Censure Law School For Suspending Law Prof Over Use Of 'N-Bomb':  Daily Report, Legal Community Split Over Emory Professor's Use of Racial Slur:

Two law professors and a former law school dean have offered their public support to an Emory law professor suspended over the use of a racial slur.

Affidavits from Harvard University’s Randall Kennedy, Princeton’s Keith Whittington, and Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, the former president of Florida State University where he also served as the law school’s dean, were included in formal complaints calling for Emory’s censure. Retired Emory law professor William Carney asked the American Bar Association and the American Association of University Professors to censure Emory for placing law professor Paul Zwier on indefinite administrative leave and banning him from campus.

Carney, who with his wife donated $1 million to the law school in 2015, also called for Emory to be placed on academic probation for what he said were violations of Zwier’s academic freedom. Zwier twice used a slur in contexts he has contended were neither gratuitous nor employed to demean an individual or group.

But three prominent Emory law school alumni maintain that Zwier’s utterance of a racial epithet remains inexcusable despite his explanations for what prompted him to use the word.

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We have descended into Monty Python-esque farce, where the mere utterance of a word is capable of inflicting irreparable harm on poor snowflake students. NEE!!

In all seriousness, you wonder why conservatives mock higher education? It's not that we are anti-science or anti-intellectual. It is garbage like this, where the mere utterance of a bad word in an appropriate academic context can get a professor suspended, and academia is split over the result.

Pathetic, and unworthy of our tax dollars.

Posted by: Todd | Apr 11, 2019 7:30:29 AM

I've never understood why this thing couldn’t have been resolved with a public apology.

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Apr 11, 2019 4:45:52 AM