Irvine to Erwin: Never mind

Liberal legal scholar and pundit Erwin Chemerinsky will become dean of the new UC Irvine law school after all. Chancellor Michael V. Drake spent the week in North Carolina — um, let's put it this way — hammering out a deal. One can only imagine how that went, and just how profusely Drake's apologies were, once he was caught fumbling the ball multiple times. In the end they released a joint statement saying, in part, "Many issues were addressed in depth, including several areas of miscommunication and misunderstanding. All issues were resolved to our mutual satisfaction....Our new law school will be founded on the bedrock principle of academic freedom. The chancellor reiterated his lifelong, unqualified commitment to academic freedom, which extends to every faculty member, including deans and other senior administrators."

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