Monday, January 17, 2011

Rally to Support Dean Edley to be held Wednesday

The following popped up in the inbox this weekend:


Wednesday, January 19, 2011
12:45pm – 1:45pm
Steinhart Courtyard, Boalt Hall

We write as members of the Boalt Hall community concerned over recent criticism of Dean Edley. As you may have heard, Dean Edley wrote to the Board of Regents on December 9 to remind them of their “moral and ethical” responsibilities to increase the pensions of University of California executives earning over $245,000. Taking a moral stand isn’t always easy or popular, but we applaud Dean Edley for doing so.

Although there are a host of problems now plaguing the University of California system, we agree with Dean Edley that this is an issue our community needs to address URGENTLY. While all of us have had to undertake sacrifices – rising tuition, cuts to financial aid, and layoffs – the demand letter serves as a timely reminder that, eventually, a line must be drawn.

Dean Edley’s powerful e-mail to the community serves as a moral challenge to us all. We hope that this dispute does not result in a “costly and unsuccessful legal confrontation for the University.” But if it does, we want to show the Board of Regents that some of this nation’s brightest young legal minds will be supporting Dean Edley in his fight for higher executive pensions.

This is probably the funniest response to Edley's letter/position I've seen.

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Anonymous 2L said...

Well, when one encounters such a shining beacon of moral leadership, how could students NOT be moved to take action?

1/17/2011 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do we know it's actually a joke?

1/17/2011 2:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

joke or not (its unclear), the letter makes a valuable point: too many campus "protests" are addressed towards material, financial "needs" of students/faculty/workers/whatever. it makes me sick. DE's call for fair play (while facially also about money) is a moral one. who knows, if we can ensure fair play for the top administrators, it may eventually trickle down to us students

1/17/2011 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why isn't this post tagged "rabid liberals"?

1/17/2011 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you mean "rabid conservatives?" Dean Edley's justifications for his demand are not just based in Contract, but also neoliberalism.

1/17/2011 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pension Justice for the UC's Wealthiest Administrators!

1/17/2011 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do we do when our dean is under attack? Stand up, fight back!

1/17/2011 3:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will he show, that's the question. Man, I wish I could make it.

1/17/2011 3:36 PM  
Anonymous boalt 3l said...

kids, get a job. seriously. learn a skill. your agitprop is pathetic.

1/17/2011 3:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"agitprop" dangerously smacks of Communism. Commie.

1/17/2011 3:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Boalt 3L" went straight through and is 24 years old. Hence the "kids"

1/17/2011 6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/17/2011 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Check out the "saveourdean" website. One of the alleged sponsors is Goldman Sachs.

1/17/2011 7:43 PM  
Anonymous C said...

I support Dean Edley's efforts to help Boalt remain a top law school.

1/17/2011 10:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@7:43, I am still suspicious. Do we know who is organizing this? If its actual DeanE supporters, its not impossible that Goldman Sachs would be in favor. DeanE regularly and admirably spends his time fundraising. I think backing up an embattled dean might be exactly the PR goldman sachs is looking for. The other sponsors are all UC affiliates...

Either way, its ridiculous that DeanE is getting support from Goldman Sachs. If this rally is for real, i'm going to counterprotest

1/17/2011 10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1/17/2011 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an ironic protest - not actually supporting DE.

1/18/2011 12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not too hard to confirm that this isn't real. Which makes it all the more sad/hilarious that it got picked up in this week's events email.

1/18/2011 1:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some people really think this is real? Lol. The mark of truly great satire is when people with poorly developed senses of humor think it might be legit (see e.g. Jonathan Swift).

1/18/2011 1:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guys, this is real. There are a number of students who support Dean Edley's efforts to keep Boalt a top school. They have organized this protest to counter all the negative publicity about the Dean.

Also, I'm really not sure what Jonathan Swift has to do with this. Was he an embattled Dean as well?

1/18/2011 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:01 is a mouthbreather.

1/18/2011 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the contrary, 12:01 knows his/her stuff. From Wikipedia: 'Before the fall of the Tory government, Swift hoped that his services would be rewarded with a church appointment in England. However, Queen Anne appeared to have taken a dislike to Swift and thwarted these efforts. The best position his friends could secure for him was the Deanery of St. Patrick's, Dublin. With the return of the Whigs, Swift's best move was to leave England and he returned to Ireland in disappointment, a virtual exile, to live "like a rat in a hole".'

1/18/2011 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait, wait, Dean Edley wants to eat Irish Catholic children?

1/18/2011 2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what I heard.

1/18/2011 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Save Our Dean group was tabling today. I spoke with them, and I'm still not able to determine whether it's real or fake. Whatever the case, I'm sure it will be an entertaining rally and I plan to attend.

1/18/2011 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

People, it's fake. Trust me.

1/18/2011 3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we get back to how awful homeless people are?

1/18/2011 4:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are people aware that 20+ Boalt LAW PROFESSORS make over $245,000? (Thus, they stand to directly benefit from the pension increase. And exemplify bloated law professor salaries among all law schools.)

Check the list:

Your favorite prof might be on it. How many would we lose to Harvard/Yale/Columbia/etc. if we don't keep pay and benefits competitive?

I understand that my classmates want to make a particular political statement through this faux Dean E. support group, and, sure, he's set himself up as an easy target for it. But what do these students envision as an alternative for the school? Dean E. gone and desirable faculty being peeled off by peer schools?

1/18/2011 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link, 4:48. The current ruckus aside, that's a very interesting list (and often totally mystifying -- X makes 50% more than Y??).

1/18/2011 5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:01 can't see what Jonathan Swift has to do with this because he still supports the Modest Proposal.

1/18/2011 5:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know *my* favorite professor is on this list:

More interesting than the gross pay is the increase between years...

1/18/2011 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

4:48 makes some great points.

DE's missteps, both in signing the letter and then defending it, represent bad politics and bad policy in the current crisis UC faces. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, his somewhat odd open note to the campus admits as much.

So far, I find SODs mock support to be a juvenile and disappointing response. I agree that DE has messed up here, but also think he's done and is doing great things for Boalt and know he has the school's best interests in mind. Boalt students can figure out more mature (and probably more effective) ways to dissent.

Also, I can assure anyone that still doubts it that the people behind it are not actual supporters.


1/18/2011 11:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dean Edley and other high paid executives are crucial to running a world class university. The UC system doesn't function to be a lottery so that a few janitors and secretaries can be paid above market wages. Get real you jerks.

1/19/2011 12:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Get real you jerks" is probably my new favorite N&B tagline.

1/19/2011 8:50 AM  
Anonymous Juggalawyer said...

I am one of the organizers of SOD, and I find it offensive that some are calling our campaign to save Dean Edley "ironic." Not too long ago, people on this blog labeled our strike "ironic" in an effort to undermine our efforts to bring justice to low income Boalt students and janitorial staff. It is become the favorite word of white kids who wish to undermine workers' movements with mockery. Instead of standing by and mocking us, join with us, Dean Edley, the janitors, and the homeless in Revolution.

1/19/2011 10:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ironic - happening in the opposite way to what is expected, and typically causing wry amusement because of this.

1/19/2011 10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10:04, I am hoping that the reference to Juggalos is also a joke. Otherwise, I withdraw my support of this obviously satirical campaign.

1/19/2011 10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a complete aside, I would point out that ICP's jugalos are probably the only working-class subculture of the 1990's that has resisted recuperation by mainstream capitalist society... Dunno, just saying.

1/19/2011 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something seems to be wrong with the posting on this blog, since publicly available information seems to keep disappearing from it.

1/19/2011 12:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a reason why ICP isn't popular.

1/19/2011 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm bored of this minor pension issue which has minor effects on all of us, can we have a thread about the proposed 13 week schedule, a major change from what we have now (no fall break, longer classes, etc.)

1/19/2011 1:51 PM  
Anonymous Juggalawyer said...

"Popular" . . . yet another term coopted and twisted beyond recognition by the young, white elites. I imagine you consider Vampire Weekend "popular" and ICP not. But which is really "of the people"? Do you suppose the workers in Flint, Richmond, or Pittsburgh would prefer ICP or Vampire Weekend's regurgitations of Paul Simon? Do you imagine the janitorial staff at Boalt relax after cleaning your shit out of the toilets by throwing on the latest MGMT album?

1/19/2011 2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"'Popular' . . . yet another term coopted and twisted beyond recognition by the young, white elites."

Sorry, buddy, but your attacks on the bourgeoisie are a few decades too late. Your communist views are not popular.

1/19/2011 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Communist? I have no dog in the ICP fight, but calling an etymological comment "communist" is pretty weak.

1/19/2011 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use the term popular has it's understood when speaking about music today. ICP wouldn't consider themselves to be part of "popular music" or "mainstream" music or "pop" music, which is, of course, what's being referred to when we're talking about music using the term "popular."

The Left Behind series sold a lot of books, but it's hardly part of "pop culture" in the same way as Twilight. Someone woke up on the wrong side of the semantics bed today.

1/19/2011 2:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Save Our Dean stuff is fake. If you knew the people who were running it, you could figure that out.

1/19/2011 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous posting on this blog is the single worst thing about the Boalt community.

The next worst thing is the elite white kids, of course.

-"Elite" White 2L

1/19/2011 9:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is reminding me of the holidays when my drunken, racist, commie, bitter, and lonely uncle showed up.

1/19/2011 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we have shorter terms will we still have time for ironic protests and poster making campaigns???!!!! It's all a conspiracy!!! MAN!

1/19/2011 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Left Behind series sold a lot of books, but it's hardly part of "pop culture" in the same way as Twilight."

Flat wrong. You're just incredibly wrong.

1/19/2011 10:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If we have shorter terms will we still have time for ironic protests and poster making campaigns???!!!! It's all a conspiracy!!! MAN!"

With the shortened term, hopefully we'll still have time for more mature activities, like Thursday Bar Review, AmJur Day, and pretentious mixers hosted by BigLaw firms.

1/20/2011 1:26 AM  
Blogger Carbolic said...

I think the next logical step for DE critics is to demand a reduction on all Boalt professors' paychecks until every alumnus is employed.

1/24/2011 12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody cares about you creepy alumni. Please find something better to do than creep on your old law school's blog.

1/24/2011 2:02 PM  
Blogger McTwo said...

This is a law school. It is not creepy for Alums to continue to interact with it.

1/24/2011 3:00 PM  
Blogger Toney said...

I agree with 2:02. It's really weird for someone that's graduated to come back and read this blog.

1/25/2011 3:32 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

OMG! Is this for real? I never thought that this would be an exact response but if it is... then I don't know what to react but nevertheless It lacks of formality. (grins*)

11/26/2011 3:25 AM  
Anonymous Kristen said...

For me I just would love to work hard than making some rally. I never tried rally before but I guess its not the only solution for the problem.

11/26/2011 4:21 AM  

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