From what I see in the article, it appears that this ase turns on a proof issue.
If in fact, as the law school alleges, Wagner told them she would not teach
legal analysis (which professors found unacceptable since it was in the job
description) then she was rightly denied the position since the teaching of
legal anaysis is part and parcel of any legal writing clss. I'll be
curious to see what evidence the law school has for its position. I'm
reserving judgment on this one until the evidence has been produced.
"There is something very interesting, seeing conservatives suing on job
discrimination claims because suddenly they are portraying themselves as
victims," he said. "This case is filled with all sorts of
ironies."My thoughts exactly.Academic freedom rules
in higher education the way free markets rule in our economy. If there is a
preponderance of liberal professors in law schools, I doubt it has anything to
do with personal political biases. It is more likely that conservative thinkers
are attracted to the higher compensation in industry, and they avoid the low-pay
jobs in the academy.I have talked with numerous wannabe professors
who were just not qualified and/or whose academic career was characterized by
shoddy scholarship, non-peer-reviewed ideas, and who did not get their dream
job, so they file complaints, whine about it to everyone they meet, and
sometimes file suits.But let's wait to see how this unfolds...
It's about time this issue is addressed. The overwhelming one sided
professors donating to liberal causes is proof enough there is liberal bias. You
don't need a rocket scientist to figure that out. It's the same issue
with the liberal bias in the media - let's see how the media try to spin
that as always
liberal bias in acdemia! Oh no, what a shock!"force law schools
to begin openly considering the political views of job applicants"No, libs would rather try to hide the blatant intolerance they routinely
practice.I know to hide something blatantly practiced is a
contradiction, but libs are so adept at deception, they don't see a
problem. The real problem is they are only deceiving themselves.
If there is bias in the law school it isn't liberal bias. It is biased
professors who pretend to be liberal who are biased against someone. The same
way that the Taliban are pious. Bias is not a liberal behavior. Apparently,
she seems to be more liberal than they are. She's doing something about
Those of us who have gone to college know that with the exception of maybe the
business school the liberal bias is overwhelming and unapologetic ... Heck I
went to school in conservative Texas and I can tell you about very liberal profs
outside of the business school all day longYou just have to stick to
your beliefs and not be too outspoken or you are toast
Next, social conservatives will want to become a protected class. The irony is
over the top.
I hope she wins and that it opens the flood gates.
To Cats 3:08 p.m. Oct. 14, 2012I hope she wins and that it opens the
flood gates.----------------------Don't you thihk
it would be better to wait for the FACTS to be discovered before reaching any
type of conclusion? If, as the law school alleges, she declined to teach legal
analysis (which is part and parcel of a legal writing course in law school), she
would not fulfill one of the requirements of the job and should not be hired. I
really think it is wiser to not jump to conclusions just because you may agree
with her politically, and wait for the court to deterine what really happened.
Or do you think that, just because she can be found on the far right portion of
the political spectrum, her actual job-related qualifications don't matter?
Article: "But some scholars worry that challenges like Wagner's could
force law schools to begin openly considering the political views of job
applicants, opening the way for more lawsuits and court interference in
hiring." Sounds like "some scholars" have already
indicted the system.
@TekakaromatagiGreat observation: There is no inherent nexus between
liberal thought and liberal politics
@ scrappy doEven, the marketing Dept? All hail B schools! NOT. I
avoided the Eccles school (on the Hill) back in the day; All the Alex P Keaton
wannabes were insufferable.@ CatsOpen the gates for
what? Seriously, the results will be like the Sting song, "Heavy Cloud. No