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Monday, September 17, 2007

Breaking News: Chemerinsky WILL be the dean at UCI

According to both Leiter and Lat, Erwin Chemerinsky will in fact be installed as the new dean at UC-Irvine's new law school after all.  Here's Erwin's email and here's the announcement:

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Erwin Chemerinsky"
To: [redacted]
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2007 13:07:53 -0400
Subject: news

It is with excitement and sadness that I am writing to tell you that I have accepted the position to be the founding dean of the Donald Bren School of Law at the University of California, Irvine. After meeting with Chancellor Michael Drake at length this weekend, I accepted his renewed offer. He provided me the greatest possible assurance of academic freedom for the dean and all faculty.

It has been one of the strangest and most difficult weeks of my life. I cannot possibly express my thanks for all of the support that I received from the law school's faculty, administrators, and students. I am sad to be leaving this wonderful supportive community, though excited about the new challenges ahead.

Quick commentary after the jump.

I share Brian's sentiment that this was wise for UC-Irvine and fortunate for them as well.  Under normal circumstances, the announcement of a new dean at a new law school would simply be filed under the Life of Law Schools category here at Prawfs (if noted at all), but given the brouhaha of recent days, it's clear that it's well-suited under the Law and Politics category as well. 

Erwin, as harrowing as this past week must have been for you, you have a great opportunity ahead of you, and I'm sure you'll make the best of it. Good luck with this new venture!

Posted by Dan Markel on September 17, 2007 at 01:49 PM in Law and Politics, Life of Law Schools | Permalink

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