Above the law archives are unfortunately full of stories of law professors Using the full n word, In both classrooms and less formal settings. Reactions to the summons for their use of ethnic strife differed from He refused to apologize to me Mocking their academic freedom to use the term offensive to me Allegedly reverse discrimination And at least One of the professors changed his mind about this practice, But that’s another thing entirely.
And as it was at least the first time that an above law coverage of law schools had been made, a professor voluntarily resigned after using the n word in class. As mentioned By Pittsburgh Post-GazetteAn unnamed University of Pittsburgh Law School assistant professor of law used the n-word during a class on offensive language on Tuesday, October 13th. Then the next day the professor apologized and announced his resignation. Law School officials sent an email detailing the situation:
The email stated: “Early Tuesday morning, we learned that an assistant professor at law school used a racist adjective (specifically,“ n word ”) while discussing an academic class about a particular case involving offensive language. The instructor apologized and deeply regretted the class, informing the class at 1 p.m. today that he is immediately resigning teaching at Pitt Law.
She added, “We condemn the use of this word, and we believe that saying this word and words like it, even in an academic context, is very painful.”
Above the law in general, firmly, in camp Select professors You think it is okay to use the n-word in class, so that future students can isolate themselves from practice. But it seems, in this case, the professor has decided that the best course of action is to get himself out of the classroom altogether.
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