In Reversal, Liberal Prof Gets UC Job

After backing out of a deal last week, the University of California, Irvine, reversed course yesterday and announced that it was hiring Erwin Chemerinsky, a liberal law professor, to be dean of its new law school after all.

The decision followed five days of gale-force criticism from campuses around the nation, almost all of it centered on accusations that the university allowed politics to interfere with academic freedom when it withdrew its offer to Professor Chemerinsky last week.

Furor Ends in Deanship for Liberal Scholar – NY Times