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Quote of the Day:

GMU Law School dean Dan Polsby on a request from the Provost that professors take into account student exuberance over GMU's Final Four appearance: "In law school we're taught to respect the activities that go on in court, and that includes the basketball court."

(Dean Polsby added, however, that at the law school "we're not cutting our students any slack at all under any circumstances.")

Steve:
"We're taught to respect the activities that go on in court"?

And here I thought GMU was a conservative school. We all know how much respect the modern conservative movement has for the judiciary, right?
3.29.2006 5:51pm
GMUSL 2L (mail):
Then maybe you'd care to enlighten us why Kimberly Moore cancelled class today... ;)

This blog has been curiously silent on those swirling rumors (which Mossinghoff said yesterday that he found quite credible)
3.29.2006 6:21pm
GMUSL 2L (mail):
Steve -- I don't think conservative is the right word, unless you mean "judicial conservative" in the sense of the Federalist Society.
3.29.2006 6:22pm
Greedy Clerk (mail):
I am surprised that Dean Polsby, being the classy guy that he is, did not also take a swipe at a dead US Supreme Court Justice while he was at it, given his history.
3.29.2006 6:30pm
GMUSL 2L (mail):
and I'm surprised that Greedy Clerk, being the reasonable guy that he is, did not also paint Dean Polsby as the 5th Horseman of the Right-Wing Apocalypse wihle he was at it, given his history.
3.29.2006 7:26pm
Eugene Volokh (www):
Greedy Clerk: Rather than giving us innuendo, why not provide some concrete facts? If Polsby indeed said something that merits public criticism, remind your readers what that might have been and explain why it's improper.
3.29.2006 7:56pm
Bob Loblaw (www):
I think Greedy Clerk is referring to this:

Dean Dan Polsby of George Mason Law School comments to Powerline:

This is really a stinging rebuke, not only to FAIR but to an entire industry that has become complacent and self-indulgent. Many law professors really do believe, with the late Justice Brennan, that their own strongly-held policy preferences are all encoded somehow in the Constitution. This is a timely reminder that it just isn't so.

located here: http://volokh.com/posts/1141697644.shtml

As one commenter put it,

I particularly like the out-of-nowhere swipe at the late Justice Brennan. Classy!
3.29.2006 8:45pm
GMUSL 2L (mail):
Bob, and just how is that different from echoing Justice Holmes' famous dissent in Lochner?
3.29.2006 8:48pm
Steve:
I guess it's different because Justice Holmes' famous dissent in Lochner didn't mention Justice Brennan.
3.29.2006 9:35pm
Bob Loblaw (www):

Bob, and just how is that different from echoing Justice Holmes' famous dissent in Lochner?

Hey, I'm just saying what I think Greedy Clerk was referring to. But here's a try.

Polsby remark:
1. Out-of-nowhere
2. Swipe at a dead U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Holmes dissent:
1. Not out-of-nowhere
2. Not a swipe at a dead U.S. Supreme Court Justice
3.29.2006 9:37pm
Cornellian (mail):
I guess this means they're not getting permission to skip class for a day to go protest the Senate debating immigration policy?
3.29.2006 11:19pm
GMUSL 2L (mail):
Nope, but we do get "snow days" when there's even a 50% chance of half an inch of snow, so it evens out.
3.30.2006 12:56am
Eugene Volokh (www):
Seems to me that Justice Brennan may fairly be criticized, dead or alive; and Dan Polsby's criticism is neither rude nor otherwise out of place.
3.30.2006 1:25am
Cornellian (mail):
I wonder what caused him to mention Justice Brennan in particular. Presumably Brennan didn't actually say his policy preferences were hard coded into the constitution, and Brennan is hardly the worst example of what conservatives would call a liberal judicial activist.
3.30.2006 2:41am