Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Student Petition Opposes Former Republican Senator Scott Brown's Selection As New England Law School's Next Dean Due To His 'Repugnant Political And Moral Beliefs'

Following up on Sunday's post, Ambassador Scott Brown Named New England Law School Dean, Replacing Nation's Longest Serving (And Perhaps Highest Paid) Dean:  Boston Globe, Student Petition Opposes Scott Brown’s Appointment as Next President of New England Law:

New England Law Logo (2013)More than 150 students at New England Law Boston appear to have signed a petition demanding the school’s board of trustees reverse its decision to appoint Scott Brown dean and president.

The letter excoriating Brown’s political stances, endorsement of President Trump, and service in his administration had 165 signatures as of Monday afternoon, according its primary author, three days after the school announced the former US senator and current US ambassador to New Zealand would lead the 725-student law school.

“Ambassador Brown cannot serve as the Dean of New England Law Boston when his political and moral beliefs are so repugnant to those of the student body and the legal institution itself,” the petition said. ...

The letter offered a laundry list of criticisms against Brown’s record, from his opposition to gay marriage as a state senator to his support of a 2005 bill that would have mandated women seeking abortions be provided with color photographs or realistic drawings of “the unborn child at two-week gestational increments from fertilization to full term.”

Brown has long said he supports abortion rights and was a key vote in the US Senate on allowing gay men and women to serve openly in the military. ...

The school is standing by its pick. Brown is set to take the reins in 13 months.

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Excellence is indeed repugnant to mediocrity

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Nov 12, 2019 4:25:01 AM

Do you suppose they are trying to prove the stereotype about Gen Z?

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Nov 12, 2019 9:34:07 AM

Scott Brown is such a bad choice at which to hurl this snowflake invective. Why is the law school allowing these creatures to stay in its school? They should be summarily kicked out. They don't have the wherewithal to be lawyers....

Posted by: Anna Demo | Nov 12, 2019 10:02:20 AM

OK, Millennials.

Posted by: SDN | Nov 12, 2019 10:09:54 AM

Sure sounds like these students aren't qualified to be lawyers, let alone students of any school beyond junior high school.

Posted by: BWP | Nov 12, 2019 11:15:48 AM

After all, who is better qualified to evaluate the moral and intellectual credentials of a proposed law school president than a self-selected group of the law students?

Posted by: Egg0 | Nov 12, 2019 12:30:55 PM

Nonsense on stilts - his sin is being a white hetero male

Posted by: Bandit | Nov 12, 2019 1:50:49 PM

Lol, don’t give people facts and don’t let them see those ultrasound screens, brainiacs!!

Students should start a counter petition asking that the student be expelled for his intolerance and hatred of others. Hm, maybe not, that’s just as mentally deficient as impeaching a president because you don’t like him or his politics.

Posted by: Anon | Nov 12, 2019 8:11:10 PM

Funny how the But Free Speech! absolutists who usually scream how important it is to let alt-right agitators drop racial epithets on campus are so triggered by law students using, yup, free speech to denounce the choice of a failed Senator without one day's worth of professorial or higher education administrative experience.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Nov 13, 2019 11:46:02 AM

The responses here reflect a refusal to acknowledge the way institutions (including the current U.S. presidency) have ignored moral practices and norms when they affect raw partisan power. The use of "snowflake" to describe a student who is repulsed by the appointment of a dean who scorns the equal marriage rights of gays is a perfect example of deflection. Just who is the "snowflake" in that example? It seems to me it is the person who casts a blind eye at reality and refuses to understand the righteous indignation of a student body at having imposed on them a right-wing ideologue as dean/president.

Posted by: TaxGal | Nov 14, 2019 3:56:14 PM