Thursday, August 25, 2011
Profiles in Academic Douchebaggery: Brian Leiter, Sissy and “Professor” at University of Chicago Law School
Leiter Lashes Out, Like a Cornered Cat, Against LawProf:
"ScamProf is the failed academic who has done almost no scholarly work in the last decade, teaches the same courses and seminars year in and year out, and spends his time trying to attract public attention, sometimes under his own name, this time anonymously. These are important facts about ScamProf, since he is indeed scamming his students and his state, and his initial posts were tantamount to a confession that he's not doing his job. His colleagues, in any case, now know who he is, and are quite understandably angry, since the reckless genearlizations are naturally read as commentary on them."
Yes, because producing law review articles entitled “The Radicalism of Legal Positivism” and “The End of Empire: Dworkin and Jurisprudence in the Twenty-first Century” is extremely helpful in training people on how to practice law, right?!?! For clarification, what are "genearlizations"? Douchebag continues:
"ADDENDUM: A colleague from Penn writes:
I don't know who this jerk is, but I appreciate you calling him out. I clicked through to his posts and felt the urge to throw something. I bust my butt preparing for class and educating myself deeply in my fields (and, indeed, refuse to teach any class in which I don't consider myself highly qualified), and students clearly understand and appreciate those efforts, but this kind of recklessly expressed cynicism can undermine an enormous amount of good work in the creation of a cooperative and engaged learning environment."
Apparently, the anonymous "educator" at Penn thinks that it is cowardly to post under a pseudonym when pointing out the flaws of the law school industrial complex. Conversely, it must be courageous for one to "bravely" defend this sick, depraved industry, right?!?! By the way, tell your colleague to calm down from his tantrum. It is beyond embarrassing how sensitive you academics are, at the slightest criticism leveled at the Ivory Tower. Yes, readers and prospective law students: these are the pansies who are entrusted to "teaching" the next generation of lawyers.
"ANOTHER: A colleague at Maryland writes: "Scamprof is easily explained by the well known proverb that 'a thief thinks everyone steals.' Don’t let up on him." By the way, several readers tell me that ScamProf moderates comments, and will not approve those that are too critical."
Does your colleague catch the irony of emailing this drivel to a blog author who DOES NOT ALLOW blog comments?!?! Or is the academic too busy drafting his or her next law review article on the historical context and underlying currents of the Rule Against Perpetuities?
Did this "scholar" criticize former dean Karen Rothenberg, of the University of Maryland Sewer of Law, when she received $410K in bonus loot - on top of her annual $360K salary?! Eventually, this esteemed educator returned the money. Did your colleague praise Rothenberg's “responsible” actions? Before we cite to her as a beacon of ethics, let's keep in mind that this was in response to a legislative audit and tons of negative press. As you can see, state university system officials asked her to return the money.
Ass Hat's History of Abusing Others Online:
"VanDyke's temerity in giving prime real estate in one of America's most respected legal publications to Beckwith's work was particularly galling to Brian Leiter. Intelligent design? Francis Beckwith? In the Harvard Law Review? It was all too much for Leiter, which may be why he risked his prestige to make this petty, but deadly serious attack on VanDyke:
The author of this incompetent book note . . . is one Lawrence VanDyke, a student editor of the Review. Mr. VanDyke may yet have a fine career as a lawyer, but I trust he has no intention of entering law teaching: scholarly fraud is, I fear, an inauspicious beginning for an aspiring law teacher. And let none of the many law professors who are readers of this site be mistaken: Mr. VanDyke has perpetrated a scholarly fraud, one that may have political and pedagogical consequences." [Emphasis mine]
Wow! That is “tough” nerd talk, huh? By the way, I’m certain that Lawrence VanDyke could knock you out in 60 seconds, weakling. You should take up boxing, so that you can gain a genuine taste for fierce competition. My guess is that you wouldn't last one full round with the majority of moderately healthy men under the age of 65.
“Anyway Burton wrote a post attacking Leiter's blogsphere conduct, Burton trying to give Leiter a taste of his own medicine by using an especially harsh and insulting tone. Leiter responded in the comments section by "outing" his former friend. And an interesting dialogue continued from there.”
If the allegation above is true, then you should seek counseling.
How Practicing Lawyers View the Urchin:
“Professor Leiter responds to this post with the very first comment - and doesn't that speak volumes about what may be an unhealthy narcissism. Leiter's comment is:
Try "former" friend. What happened to you, Steve? Does your ex, Scott--who was always the nice one--know that you've sunk to this level?
I always admired your philosophical acumen, and your contrarian views in aesthetics, and think it a travesty of our profession that you did not secure permanent employment in it.
Ooooh! Meeow! Claw-claw, scratch, scratch.
In case you missed the innuendo, Burton is gay! Quick run him off the sacred premises of conservative thought, which must not be sullied by carnal sin....”
“'[LawProf] was far more popular with practicing lawyers and law students, but then, we don't get a law school paycheck or judge our manhood by the number of articles published in law reviews.”
Does anyone see Leiter measuring up as a man, in terms of looks, character or physical strength?!
Conclusion: Smearing someone's reputation is a common tactic for those who have no case and no argument. I like beating down my opponents relentlessly with facts, charts, graphs, stats, and industry statements - before I take a few shots at them. See the difference, philosopher?! Now, continue with your riveting insights on the (useless) themes of utilitarianism and existentialism. In the end, this douche feels that his little academic presentations at Joseph Raz’s Legal Philosophy Seminar are more important than training lawyers.
Posted by Nando at 4:56 AM