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By Michael Miller | September 13, 2008
Robert Kobzi’s students are learning two things simultaneously in their fifth-grade classroom at Arroyo Elementary School: parts of speech, and freedom of speech. Kobzi, who teaches mostly English-learner students at the school in Pomona, leads his class through a unit in constitutional law every year. When he gave a presentation Saturday in UCI’s educational conference on the 1st Amendment, he pinned some samples of his students’ work on the classroom wall — including a poster from three girls who wrote, “It’s important to know our purposes because if we didn’t know them the governor would take advantage of us.” “They got an A,” Kobzi told the group of fellow educators who had come to learn new tactics for working civil liberties into the classroom.
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By Joseph Serna | December 5, 2007
UCI’s faculty is satisfied with Chancellor Michael Drake’s explanation for why he fired, hired and rehired the law school’s founding dean, but now they want to turn their focus to making sure they are kept in the loop the next time the chancellor hires a dean. The highly charged hiring of Erwin Chemerinsky in September brought to light inconsistencies in the university’s policy regarding communication between the chancellor and faculty when hiring deans.
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October 3, 2007
In response to Jim Righeimer’s column (“UCI’s rehiring ensures liberal slant,” Sept. 29), I must counter his claim that “liberals” like Chemerinsky “believe that the Constitution has to be reinterpreted as time goes on.” If anything, “liberals” have been fighting to restore many basic rights, guaranteed under the Constitution. The abolition of habeas corpus, the wiretapping of United States citizens without a warrant and many other abuses of power have shredded the very fabric of our democracy.
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By Joseph Serna | September 21, 2007
UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake’s apology Thursday appeared to placate faculty, who backed off a no-confidence vote. But the educators are still demanding to know why Drake, in just two weeks, hired, fired and then rehired Erwin Chemerinsky as the university’s founding dean of law. “In life, lessons learned most painfully are often those we learn best. I learned a painful lesson this week,” Drake said as he faced more than 200 faculty assembled for an academic senate meeting.
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By Joseph Serna | September 13, 2007
Bowing to pressure from conservatives in the UC Irvine community, university officials rescinded an offer to one of the country’s best-known constitutional law experts to be the first dean of UCI’s Donald Bren School of Law. Erwin Chemerinsky accepted the university’s job offer Friday, but opposition grew as news spread through the UCI community, university officials said. On Tuesday, UCI Chancellor Michael V. Drake flew to Duke University, where Chemerinsky has taught law since 2004, to tell him the university would withdraw the job offer.
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September 23, 2007
We Americans are generally a forgiving lot. If you offer up a sincere enough apology, we’re inclined to accept it. This is especially true in Southern California, where mistakes roll off the Hollywood assembly line with the regularity of sequels. So it comes as no surprise that UC Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake’s apology to a mutinous faculty apparently turned back a no-confidence vote from the educators after Drake hired, fired and then rehired Erwin Chemerinsky in a matter of weeks to be the founding dean of UCI’s law school.
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By Sarah Peters and Mona Shadia, sarah.peters@latimes.com | February 8, 2011
A leading Los Angeles Jewish rights organization on Tuesday came out in support of the Orange County district attorney's decision to file criminal charges against 11 students who interrupted a speech by the Israeli ambassador to the United States. In a statement on its website, the Simon Wiesenthal Center commended District Atty. Tony Rackauckas, who charged the so-called "Irvine 11" with two misdemeanor counts each of planning to and disrupting a public meeting or lawful assembly.
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September 16, 2007
BUSINESS Fashion Island turns 40; mall expanison continues In 1965, it broke ground on a barren cow pasture. In 1967, it opened its doors to shoppers. In the 1980s, it was a struggling giant, spending millions of dollars on renovations to compete with South Coast Plaza. Fashion Island weathered the entire ride, from the troubling lows to the dizzying highs. On Sunday, the Newport Beach mall observed its 40th anniversary, although there was no big celebration at hand — since the Irvine Co. was in the process of expanding the mall even further, adding new parking and retail space.
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