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Letter: UB Law School faculty must be held accountable

UB Law School faculty must be held accountable

The University at Buffalo Law School leaves much to be desired. Last fall, as reported by The News, Dean Makau Mutua was forced to step down following allegations that he perjured himself in a gender-based wrongful termination lawsuit in Federal Court.

I wish the story ended there, but, alas, Mutua’s tenure is emblematic of a Law School that is in desperate need of repair and reform. Discrimination and favoritism are rampant amongst the faculty. The faculty may very well include accomplished lawyers and academics, but said accomplishments do not magically confer a pedagogical acumen upon faculty members. What’s worse is that there is a complete lack of oversight and accountability for faculty performance in the classroom. The administration’s mantra seems to be “circle the wagons,” and “impeach the character of the accuser,” not take responsibility for providing poor service to high-paying customers.

Students are taught at length about the difference between procedural due process and substantive due process. The fact that the faculty voted to buck a founding principle in American jurisprudence by providing no outlet for grievances against discriminatory faculty members flies in the face of procedural due process. The faculty’s “vote” also is in direct contradiction to the UB Graduate School’s own guidelines, which require the various graduate schools to have a grievance policy.

In the forum where procedural due process is taught to thousands of students, the faculty decided it did not want to deal with students’ exercise of their due process rights? Shameful.

Andrew Remley

UB Law School Class of 2017