Tenure didn't protect law professor's job, Sixth Circuit rules

, The National Law Journal


Tenure does not guarantee a job for life, a federal appeals court has declared in affirming the dismissal of a former professor's lawsuit against the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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  • Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

    Come down from your ivory tower, "topteach1," and join the real world wherein all us working stiffs have to try to get along with the boss, and few if any of us has a right to attack a new colleague or refuse a reasonable work assignment. Prof. Branham apparently conducted herself at Cooley as an obnoxious prima donna, and tenure was never intended as blanket protection for such willfully disagreeable misfits.

  • topteach1

    The function of tenure, my dear McKinney, is to protect teachers from vicious political retribution/retaliation/persecution. Only someone so dedicated to destroying the tort system and its protections could post so absurdly argued a note like yours. This professor, like all professors similarly situated, is now at the mercy of his or her dean, regardless of ability, capability, and prior success. Sounds like you are in the Scott Walker "workers have no rights at all" camp. How silly is that! Btw, I have been teaching for over 30 years, the past 15 at the college/university level. Your comment about the relative cost versus the benefits of education bespeaks the attitude of a true philistine. Instead of asking for a cost-benefit analysis, you might consider the proposition that being highly educated is simply a good in and of itself and not necessarily something that it is good for. But then, that higher order of thought is probably way beyond you.

  • Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

    Prof. Branham's attitude and sense of entitlement speaks volumes about why higher education costs so much and offers so little these days. It's hard to believe St. Louis University was foolish enough to invite troubles of its own when she someday may decide she doesn't want to teach a particular course or doesn't embrace a new faculty member there.

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