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There are 12 comments on Noted Scholar of Inequality to Lead BU School of Law

  1. Welcome, Dean Onwuachi-Willig. As another Houstonian now at BU, I understand the Barbara Jordan “draw!” I am excited to learn of you accepting this post, and what an invigorating coup for the University!

  2. Welcome! Blessed to have joined the BU Law student community to benefit from the works and efforts of our phenomenal Dean O’Rourke. I am excited to a part of this new journey with Dean Onwuachi-Willig and hope for continued greatness.

  3. Her education and legal background will be good fit for the rest of the university. Her job will also involve fund raising for Law ,most likely the least favorite but important.

  4. I think it’s worth noting that the praises given to Dr. Onwuachi-Willig focus exclusively on things suggesting she is part of the “progressive” tribe: “racial and gender inequality,” “social justice,” “diversity and inclusion” and, of course, the mess around the death of Trayvon Martin. This story makes the University look like everything middle America finds grating about academia today: pretentious virtue signaling with lots of intellectually patronizing attitudes associating traditionalist white (and black!) Americans with racism and regressiveness. Dr. Onwuachi-Willig may be a fine scholar with balanced views on race, property rights, and individual responsibility in contrast to social justice, but this article frames her in an extremely one-sided fashion.

    I think the University and Dr. Onwuachi-Willig would alike be better served by an treatment of this appointment that doesn’t reduce and subjugate the scholarship of the incoming LAW Dean and of the Law school to progressive advocacy.

    1. Reduce and subjugate her scholarship? I read this very differently. In fact, the headline expressly states it differently. Dean Onwuachi-Willig is a renowned scholar of racial injustice and inequality and the university is proud of that scholarship. This isn’t about appeasing moderates in middle America its about her record of tackling these tough issues in academia throughout her career and how that record will be an asset to BU Law.

      I think the University and the Dean (she’s not a PhD) are served just fine by this article illuminating her remarkable career and what she will bring to the law school. Judging from the balance of comments here, I think many of the people reading would agree with me. The only person to use the label “progressive” here is you – maybe you should spend some time thinking about that.

    2. I understand some of your concerns. It is does seem strange to study “inequality” as an separate academic subject when the fundamental substrate of the law is its equal application across society. However, I hope that the new Dean’s intellectual power, scholarship and leadership will serve the BU community well and wish her the best in her new position.

  5. Welcome Dr. Onwuachi-Willig.
    Your talent and research will be great resource to Boston University School of Law. This great university will be even stronger with your participation and academic scholarship.

  6. I could not be more excited by this. How lucky we are to have such an accomplished legal scholar as our new Dean. Welcome, Dean-elect Onwuachi-Willig! (I feel inspired to donate already!)

  7. Welcome Dean Onwuachi-Willig!!! I am very excited by your credentials and the fact that you will honor The Law School with your services. I hope to have the opportunity to meet you as soon as you settle in at the School. I am at your service!

  8. Dean Onwuachi-Willig: i am looking forward to reading your book “According to Our Hearts: Rhinelander v Rhinelander and the law of the Multiracial Family.” Here in Chicago in the Woodlawn community the Blacks in Green Organization has secured the past residence of Emmitt Till and has obtained a landmark for the building. This is just for your information as i see your interest extends to Emmett Till’s historical case. The reference to myself with the small i is done purposely.

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