Former U of Texas Professor Reflects On Law Dean’s Ouster

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Brian Leiter has been monitoring developments at the University of Texas School of Law from afar with a mixture of fascination and sadness. He taught at the law school for more than a dozen years before joining the faculty at the University of Chicago in 2008.

Like many observers, he doesn’t understand exactly why UT President William Powers Jr. forced Larry Sager to step down as dean last week.

“My impression is people had some legitimate criticisms of Larry Sager’s deanship,” Leiter said of his former faculty colleagues. “But people have legitimate criticisms of every deanship in America. The question is, how did we reach the point of this explosion?

“I have a very high opinion of Larry Sager, and I have a very high opinion of Bill Powers. Obviously, something went awry.”

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