Erwin Chemerinsky, the prominent legal scholar slated to be founding dean at University of California, Irvine’s new law school, had his offer withdrawn because of controversy created by his well-known liberal views, Chemerinsky said Wednesday.

A professor at Duke University School of Law, Chemerinsky accepted the post last week after months of talks, but on Tuesday UC-Irvine’s chancellor Michael Drake asked him to give it up.

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