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Chapman Professor Speaks Out on John Yoo
February 12, 2009, 6:54 pm
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Last night, I criticized Chapman Law School for hiring torture memo author John Yoo as a visiting professor.  In comments, Chapman Law Professor Marisa Cianciarulo responds, and I am republishing her response below.  As Professor Cianciarulo correctly states, John Yoo is a visitor, not a permanent faculty member at Chapman, so she and her colleagues did not approve his appointment.  To the extent that my original criticism of Chapman could be read to convey otherwise, the error is mine.

I am a professor at Chapman Law School. I would like to clarify a couple of points that have been raised on this and other blogs and media sites. First, Professor Yoo is a visitor, not a permanent faculty member. The faculty has no input in deciding whom the dean may appoint as a visitor; it is entirely within the purview and authority of the law school dean to appoint visiting faculty. That being said, it should be pointed out that the dean has brought ideologically diverse faculty to our campus, including those with whom he has strong disagreements.

Second, Professor Yoo’s opinions, whether or not they are protected by academic freedom, do not reflect the views or perspectives of this faculty as a whole. We have a very ideologically diverse faculty covering a wide range of views on a wide range of topics. More specifically, we have permanent faculty who specialize in human rights, immigration reform, domestic violence prevention, elder law, responsible fiscal policy, gender equality, racial equality, and marriage equality for same-sex couples. As an example, 14 Chapman Law faculty members recently joined in an Amicus brief filed in the California Supreme Court in support of those who wish to overturn California’s Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative.

Regardless of your opinion of Professor Yoo, I urge you to judge Chapman on the outstanding quality of our faculty, students, and programs, and not on one visiting appointment. Our permanent faculty, besides being a group of highly accomplished and motivated teachers and scholars, is deeply committed to the principles of the rule of law and to instilling that respect in our students. Our students are intelligent, engaging and just as diverse in ideological perspectives as our faculty. Our programs are innovative and challenging and designed to train outstanding, ethical attorneys. Please visit our website at http://www.chapman.edu/law to see for yourself some of the great work that we are doing.

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As the wise men have said and keep repeating, it only takes one rotten apple to ruin the whole country. Chapman Law School admittedly was looking for publicity and chose to make their statement using a pariah, deciding to play with fire. Although the spin we’re offered is that he’s just a visiting professor the school chose to advertise this questionable scholar and enemy of the Constitution rather then Professor Cianciarulo.

Comment by Plus15

Is Chapman law school named after George Chapman, the serial killer who was thought to be Jack the Ripper? kidding. Seriously, if you want to publicize your school, don’t associate w/ people who advocate torture.

Comment by Cat

Hello Darkness…

Comment by misfit

When the school states that they hired the torturer for publicity then their message must be that they supprort torture and torturers. Does Nike give endorsement contracts to obese people, or to atheletes who they believe best represent an image they want the public to associate with their product. So while it may not be fair to attribute Mr. Yoo’s beliefs to every member of the faculty, the school has made a statement that Mr. Yoo represent the image that the school wants to present to the public.

Comment by bd

birds of a feather…

Comment by zzeebo

More specifically, we have permanent faculty who specialize in human rights, immigration reform, domestic violence prevention, elder law, responsible fiscal policy, gender equality, racial equality, and marriage equality for same-sex couples. As an example, 14 Chapman Law faculty members recently joined in an Amicus brief filed in the California Supreme Court in support of those who wish to overturn California’s Proposition 8, the anti-gay marriage initiative.

See? It’s just to provide balance to their current and overwhelmingly liberal faculty.

Comment by EH




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