For Immediate Release

Contact:
Shari Ireton
University of Washington School of Law
206.685.9002

September 12, 2008

UW School of Law hosts law dean Chemerinsky

Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, will be speaking at the UW School of Law Tuesday, September 23 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in William H. Gates Hall Room 138 on the University of Washington campus. Dean Chemerinsky's lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the UW chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Chemerinsky gained attention last year after having his offer to be hired as dean rescinded by UC Irvine's Chancellor Michael Drake, who said the law professor's political views were "polarizing" and would not serve the interests of the California law school. Drake's action was criticized by both liberal and conservative scholars. Details emerged following a New York Times editorial that conservatives in southern California had wanted to derail Chemerinsky's appointment. Later that month, Chemerinsky's offer was reinstated. As Chemerinsky said in an op-ed piece in the LA Times, "This story isn't really about me, it's about academic freedom in our deeply polarized times."

Prior to his hire at UC Irvine, Chemerinsky served on the law faculties at both Duke University and the University of Southern California. His lecture will focus on constitutional issues.