There's been extensive coverage already of the happenings at St. Louis University over at Brian Leiter's shop (and also at Paul Caron and Legal History Blog). I did, however, want to point out two things that I think people have not yet focused on. First, quoting from a news story:
[Interim Dean Thomas Keefe] says he wants to focus SLU's curriculum on teaching students to be lawyers, "not how to become law students, not how to write learned law journal articles, not how to espouse all kinds of legal theory." He says he's also looking forward to being the first dean to wear shorts and T-shirts in the office.
I'm going to be most interested in what changes Keefe makes. Also, here's a link to Thomas Keefe's law firm website. As one of my colleagues observed about this, being a very successful PI lawyer, which Okeefe obviously is, is exceptionally difficult and draws on a lot of skills. It's not clear to me that he has a lot of management experience, at least experience managing lawyers; nor is there any evidence of experience with legal education, other than as a law student 34 and more years ago. And I'd add that my friends on the SLU faculty -- indeed the entire SLU community -- are in my thoughts. I'm hoping things settle down quickly so everyone can get back to the work of educating students and doing service and scholarship.