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LOS ANGELES � Duke Law Professor Erwin Chemerinsky has officially been hired as the first dean of the University of California, Irvine (UCI)’s Donald Bren School of Law following more than a week of national protest. On Thursday, the UC Board of Regents approved a base salary of $350,000 for Chemerinsky, who will take the post on July 1 of next year. Chemerinsky accepted the position on Monday for the second time. On Sept. 11, UCI Chancellor Michael Drake withdrew an earlier offer to Chemerinsky because he was “too politically controversial,” according to Chemerinsky. Drake’s decision prompted national protest by legal scholars and UCI faculty members. On Thursday, Drake apologized to faculty members for not having consulted with them in his decisions regarding the dean. “It was very clear that the faculty supported Chancellor Drake to continue to be chancellor,” said Jutta Heckhausen, professor of psychology and social behavior and chair-elect of the UCI Academic Senate. She said “he made an apology that we accept.” Faculty members opted to put aside concerns over what made Drake change his mind about hiring Chemerinsky earlier this month. But Heckhausen said there might be further discussions about the matter in the future. As dean, Chemerinsky will manage the school’s budget and seek out private and corporate support for a new building and a law library. Chemerinsky’s advisory committee includes: Viet Dinh, a law professor at Georgetown University; U.S. District Judge Andrew Guildford for the Central District of California in Santa Ana; Preeta Bansal, a partner at New York’s Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Carter G. Phillips, a partner in the Washington office of Sidley Austin; Gary Singer, a partner in the Newport Beach, Calif., office of O’Melveny & Myers who served on the dean search committee; Thomas Malcolm, a partner in the Irvine office of Jones Day; Deanell Reece Tacha, chief judge of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; John Jeffries Jr., dean of the University of Virginia School of Law; Christopher Edley Jr., dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law; Judge Harry Edwards for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit; Louis Kaplow, professor of law and economics at Harvard Law School; U.S. District Judge Stephen G. Larson for the Central District of California in Riverside; Francis E. Quinlan, a partner at Newport Beach, Calif.’s Kester & Quinlan; and U.S. District Judge Robert Takasugi for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. The law school is the first public law school to open in California in more than 40 years. It’s slated to open in 2009. Chemerinsky was a professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law for 21 years before joining Duke in 2004.

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