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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Widener Dean Sued For Defamation Was Considered For U.S. District Court Opening

I previously posted about The Culture of Jumping To Conclusions At Widener Law School, including allegations by Widener law school professor Lawrence Connell that Widener Dean Linda Ammons falsely accused Connell of racism and sexism, and of engaging in threatening behavior by using a hypothetical example in criminal law class involving an attack on the Dean.

Now Connell has filed suit in Delaware court.  A complete set of the Complaint and Exhibits, including affidavits by numerous law professors stating that the use of such a hypothetical was within legal teaching norms, and supportive affidavits by students, are embedded below.

The National Law Journal and others have pretty good summaries of the issues, so I will not repeat those discussions here.

I do note, however, that Ammons is one of three people considered for a vacancy in the U.S. District Court for Delaware.  Widener was touting the potential nomination on its Facebook page as recently as January 10 of this year:

It appears that Ammons bid for the Court faltered sometime in January, at least according to one source, and it is unclear whether Ammons still is under consideration. 

With the high profile Connell dispute, I'd say Ammons' chances of making it to the federal court now are close to zero, perhaps an unintended consequence of her own lack of judicial temperment in addressing political correctness on campus.

Regardless of whether Ammons still is under consideration, it proves a point I have made before:  District Court nominations matter.

Connell v Ammons - Complaint and Exhibits

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  1. Professor,

    First my apologies for posting this on the wrong thread, I am curious what you think of this?


    apparently the Hawaii dept of health just changed their rules, they will no longer release any long form birth certificates of anyone. They just changed this today.
    I am guessing Trump had something to do with this?

    and guess what the State dept requires it, a certificate of live birth is not accepted by the state dept. they changed their rules to be more strict.

    So right when Trump starts his media blitz, the dept of health in HI change their rules?!?!

  2. Professor, these are wild accusations made against Dean Ammons!!! Joe Biden himself is/was an adjunct at Widener Law, and this implies that his boss is an inept, thin-skinned, incompetent, advanced solely based on "folks'" fear of being called racist, race-trump-card pulling, unprofessional destroyer of others' reputations! That's so hard to believe! You're saying he'd work for someone like that? Oh, nevermind.

  3. Agree w/ Tblazer, the Dean sounds perfect for the position in this Obama environment....