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Published: Sunday, Oct. 14 2012 12:26 a.m. MDT

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Furry1993
Ogden, UT

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.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

"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...

t702
Las Vegas, NV

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

lost in DC
West Jordan, UT

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.

Tekakaromatagi
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

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 bias.

scrappy do
DRAPER, UT

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 long

You just have to stick to your beliefs and not be too outspoken or you are toast

History Nut
Cedar Hills, UT

Next, social conservatives will want to become a protected class. The irony is over the top.

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

I hope she wins and that it opens the flood gates.

Furry1993
Ogden, UT

To Cats 3:08 p.m. Oct. 14, 2012

I hope she wins and that it opens the flood gates.

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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?

NedGrimley
Brigham City, UT

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.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

@Tekakaromatagi

Great observation: There is no inherent nexus between liberal thought and liberal politics

Hank Pym
SLC, UT

@ scrappy do

Even, 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.

@ Cats

Open the gates for what? Seriously, the results will be like the Sting song, "Heavy Cloud. No Rain"

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