Another Controversial Departure at DePaul Law School

June 23, 2009

Just days after DePaul University ousted a popular law dean in a dispute over how much of the law school's budget should be shared with the university, an associate dean has quit to protest the way the interim dean was selected without faculty involvement. The Chicago Tribune reported on an e-mail sent by Stephen Siegel, the associate dean, following the selection of Warren Wolfson, an Illinois judge, to serve as interim dean for two years. The e-mail from Siegel said: "In my 37 years of service to DePaul I have served under 5 deans. (I'm not counting interim and acting deans.) Four of them were replaced mid-term.... But every previous time, the university turned to the faculty with expectation and trust that we would step into the breach -- and we did, superbly, working cooperatively to bring the best out of the situation. This time, although we have the most talented and prestigious collection of faculty we ever have had -- we have effectively been put into a two year receivership -- with no consultation, dialogue, trust."

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