I think faculty lounge readers will be very interested in Annette Clark's thoughtful and thought-provoking reflection on the events surrounding her departure as dean at SLU, "Postscript to a Deanship," which appeared recently in the Toledo Law Review. There is a lot in the article that's worthy of comment and reflection. The article reminds me that I should have said something last year when my friend and former colleague Phil Pucillo was blogging about about SLU here at the faculty lounge. Some people questioned why Phil, who's not a SLU faculty member, was blogging about this -- and I guess that was related to his urging faculty members to speak out. Phil is one of my heroes for having taken a stand in favor of faculty governance when he was on the Ave Maria faculty. His stand for faculty governance makes him an ideal person to comment on the situation at SLU and also to give some perspective on the likely consequences for everyone involved -- and the reasons why faculty might remain silent, as well as why they might speak out.
By the way, many congratulations to the Seattle University law school's community on recruitng Annette Clark as their dean.