Thursday, November 8, 2012

Blogging a faculty meeting?

Paul Campos, of self-promotion fame, has now written what purports to be a description of both the content and then the vote of a faculty meeting at his school, the University of Colorado at Boulder, concerning the expansion of its LLM program.  Campos was the lone dissenter, so he claims, arguing that it was not clear there were jobs for those who would get this LLM.  He claims that none of his colleagues responded to his objections, and that everyone, but him, then voted for the expansion of the LLM program anyway.  (His omission of any detailed discussion of the reasons for the proposal no doubt contributes to the unfavorable impression he gives of his colleagues.)

I have to say I've never before seen anyone blog the substance of a faculty meeting or disclose a vote, let alone do so in a way that is meant to insult and humiliate his colleagues.   I wonder whether such actions do not violate university rules, but perhaps not.  I guess time will tell.

UPDATE:  James Grimmelman (New York Law School) asks, "Might it not also be the case that his colleagues were reluctant to discuss the proposal at the faculty meeting out of a concern that whatever they said would be published on Professor Campos's blog?"  That's plausible, but would also suggest that he is now disrupting the ability of the school to operate, which would have serious consequences.  And maybe those consequences are starting to materialize?  Certainly, the latest item on the Campos blog suggests he has jumped the shark:

Recently I've been nominated for a couple of law school dean positions.  I've even toyed with the idea of formally applying.  Although unlike Mitt Romney and Donald Trump I can't claim to enjoy firing people per se, I do think I'd positively relish the opportunity to give the ziggy to the significant percentage of employees at the typical law school who deserve to have their sinecures terminated with extreme prejudice.


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