August 6, 2011

"Widener Law School goes Soviet, demands law professor undergo psychiatric evaluation."

The continuing saga of Lawrence Connell, who "was vindicated on a wide range of charges," but found to have violated a policy against "retaliation" for the way he responded to the accusations that had been made against him — for defending himself. The remedy sought by Widener Law School Dean Linda Ammons?
Professor Connell will undergo a psychological evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist of his choice selected from a list of four individuals provided to him by the University. The purpose of this evaluation will be to determine his fitness for his teaching position, particularly in view of his retaliatory response to the student complaints lodged against him.... Professor Connell will comply with all conditions and recommendations issued by the psychiatrist/psychologist, including, without limitation, appropriate counseling and anger management, prior to the lifting of the suspension and his return to teaching duties. Not earlier than sixty (60) days prior to the end of the term of Professor Connell’s one year suspension, his psychiatrist/psychologist must send to the Dean and Vice Dean an evaluation assessing Professor Connell’s fitness to return to duties, completion of courses or training, if applicable, and a follow-up treatment plan. if any.
Plus he's supposed to apologize.

ADDED: David Bernstein withdraws from "a Widener-sponsored project," saying "I can’t in good conscience have my reputation associated in any way with Widener Law School."

36 comments:

Paddy O said...

This is what bureaucracy looks like!

Though, no doubt, Matt Damon would tell us all to back off and not criticize.

rick said...

The university, like NPR, is going "all Juan Williams" on this guy.

Gee, how did that turn out?

rhhardin said...

I see it as entertaining, he's like Charlie Chaplin in the skating rink.

Trooper York said...

I think all law professor's should undergo psychiatric evaluations. Just sayn

Seven Machos said...

A fourth-tier law school that apparently wants to self-destruct.

Why would anyone go to such a school when law school itself is such a dubious proposition these days? Why would the dean act this way, in light of the fact that the dean is expected to attract donations and present a positive image for the school?

Crazy.

Shouting Thomas said...

You bastards!

Diversity is out greatest strength!

edutcher said...

As Troop would say, "Never apologize, it's a sign of weakness".

If he's been vindicated, the dean is the one who better perform a few million mea culpas.

Georgfelis said...

Let me see if I can follow this logic string.

I am Sane.
Therefore anybody who disagrees with me is Crazy.
Crazy people need to be locked up so they don't make other people Crazy or hurt other people.
This professor disagrees with me, so he must be Crazy, and needs to be locked up.

I think I can see the logical fault in the argument around step 1.

Martin L. Shoemaker said...

Maybe as a public service, someone should post the names of all Widener graduates. That will help clients to weed out a large group of lawyers who received substandard legal educations.

george said...

Ammons sounds like she is bucking to get a seat on the WI Supreme Court.

I do not even have to look at her picture to know she was an affirmative action hire. I would put the percentage at around 90% that she is either black or lesbian.

MadisonMan said...

Leadership in all the wrong directions.

Firehand said...

I wonder if she has any real concept of the ideas "You're making the school look like crap" or "Do you not understand 'Getting Our Ass Sued Off'?"

BJM said...

Dean Ammons is as clueless as this prog twit.

Keep digging, faster, please!

Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) said...

This is what bureaucracy looks like!

Inside every bureaucrat is a petty tyrant longing to get out.

Quayle said...

A quick glance at Widener's Dean Linda Ammonds' Articles reveals this gem:

"The Art and Science of Deaning: Lessons from my Garden, Leadership in Legal Education Symposium VIII, 39 U. TOL. L. REV. 209 (2008)."

One lesson she seems to have learned from her garden is that if a rose thorn pricked your finger, the rose should apologize and undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Brian said...

Dean Linda Ammons is an idiot and a creep, but she only had the power to recommend that a year suspension without pay, Soviet psychiatry and a forced apology be imposed on Lawrence Connell.

The individual who accepted and imposed that recommendation is educrat twat Widener University President James T. Harris III D.Ed. (D.Ed. means that he's the holder of a prestigious Doctor of Education, i.e., that he's a utterly worthless mediocrity.)

See http://www.scribd.com/doc/61745043/In-Re-Connell-August-3-2011-Letter-of-James-T-Harriss-III (Hat tip: Legal INsurrection.)

murgatroyd666 said...

If the rest of America's lovely and talented legal profession condones this crap, you're all as bad as they are.

Is the ABA taking a position on Widener's and Dean Ammons' contemptible action? Have the deans of any other law schools protested, or urged Widener to censure or terminate Dean Ammons? Have America's law professors signed a letter of protest?

David Bernstein has integrity. Do any of the rest of you?

Meanwhile, I hope prospective employers Google the names "Jennifer R. Perez" and "Nadege Tandoh" before they make any hiring decisions. Jennifer R. Perez and Nadege Tandoh were the two thin-skinned, grievance-prone students who filed the absurd complaint against Professor Connell, and whose assertions of racism and discrimination were found to be entirely without merit. In my humble opinion, any company or law firm that hires either Jennifer Perez or Nadege Tandoh is essentially taping a "KICK ME" sign to its own metaphorical back.

Synova said...

BJM, people are concentrating on the hypocrisy of the "Prog Twit" but I think what is actually more important is her claim that if something is a "fact" that rules of civility do not apply. And then she assigns "fact" to her opinions about the economy and policy and the future.

Maybe it does tie in to the Ammons thing.

Both women seem to be confusing their own opinions and certainly their feelings, with "facts."

The Drill SGT said...

Althouse said...found to have violated a policy against "retaliation" for the way he responded to the accusations that had been made against him

to be clearer, he was found innocent of the charges, but guilty of defending himself from the charges...

SunnyJ said...

Our of curiosity I went looking to read more on this. He was cleared of all charges, and there were many, related to sexism/racism involving presenations and hypotheticals he used in his classes.

There were 3 retaliation charges brought against him. Two were dismissed because they were legal actions taken against those accusing him, and actually done by his attorney...very typical counter charges delivery of paperwork etc.

The charge he was convicted on, seriously, is that he posted on his web page that he was innocent and the charges that were brought against him were untrue and abhorrent. In other words he retaliated against the accusers by publicly calling them "liars" indirectly by saying he was innocent.

It's a brave new world...can you twist that logic any further?

Christy said...

I observed back during the Robert's nomination to the Supreme Court that the idea of appointing a psychologist to the court was not dismaying to many progressives. Isn't this just a variation? Are we all to be judged by psychologists in the future?

Quayle said...

Don't underestimate the expansive delusion of unquestioned self-righteousness.

Mary Beth said...

Forcing a psychiatric review looks like retaliation to me.

vnjagvet said...

Ammons and Harris III have now assured that Connell and his attorneys will become wealthy at the expense of Widener and its insurance carrier, if any.

This action is punitive damage material IMO.

vnjagvet said...

Just like Brer Fox, Connell lay low and don't say nothing. And like Brer Rabbit he has gotten himself thrown into the dreaded briar patch.

DADvocate said...

At least it's abundantly clear why this is one of the worst law schools in the country. But, it's still unbelievable this woman still has a job at any college or university in any capacity.

Roux said...

This crap happens all the time in private business.... have an argument with a co-worker and end up in mandatory anger management class with Stuart Smalley. What happened to the days of having differences and settling it over a beer after work.

virgil xenophon said...

Typical Soviet-style PC run amuck. My father used to say; "Scratch a Russian and you'll find a Tartar." I 've modified it to : "Scratch a lib-lefty and you'll find a Stalinist-in-waiting."

caradoc said...

This is, literally, typical leftist behavior. How could they miss that connection?

An enlightened person might look at this and their actions and seriously reconsider their worldview.

Of course, we're talking about a modern liberal, so that will never happen.

Paul said...

So when will Widener propose 'doublethink', as in 1984, as a legal doctrine?

Johanna Lapp said...

Should we expect anything different from a law school that hired Joe Biden to teach a course in constitutional law?

MikeDC said...

It's almost pointless to mention such subtleties in the midst of such a ham-fisted attack, but you have to admire the chutzpah of simultaneously saying someone requires psychological evaluation, thus implying they're not capable of controlling their actions, and requiring an apology, which is fundamentally an act of self control.

If you're truly nuts, you can't apologize for being nuts.

Chip S. said...

BTW, the two complaining students are Secretary and Treasurer of the "Christian Legal Society" at Widener.

Borepatch said...

A question for our hostess (or other commenters who are lawyers): It's clear that Widener has damaged its reputation here, not just with the negative Internet publicity, but with people like Bernstein refusing to be associated with them.

Given this, do current law students there have an actionable tort against the school? I'd think there's quite a lot of school marketing materials that make claims of some sort.

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Alex Ignatiev said...

That psych evaluation process would not pass muster in Mississippi, where I practice law. That's effin' crazy. The only kind of psych doctor that would agree to conduct that kind of evaluation is the kind of doctor that won't pass a Frye test, much less Daubert.