Any jurist must wonder about the efficacy of observance of First Amendment principles by University of California leadership after comparing two distinct actions. At almost the same time that the Regents annulled their invitation to former Harvard University President (and still professor) Lawrence Summers to speak to them, the chancellor of UC-Irvine rehires professor Erwin Chemerinsky as dean of its future law school. In both instances, faculty demands prevail based upon prior utterances of Summers, on the one hand, and Chemerinsky, on the other hand. Each episode demonstrates need for immersion education on the First Amendment for University of California faculty, Regents and campus chancellors.

Quentin L. Kopp
Redwood City

Editor’s note: Quentin L. Kopp is a retired judge of the San Mateo County Superior Court.

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