Gonzales Becomes Law Dean At Provisional Law School in Tennessee

225px-alberto_gonzales_-_official_doj_photographAlberto Gonzales, former U.S. attorney general in President George W. Bush’s administration, remains as largely vilified figure — often cited in law school’s in discussion of how lawyers can be corrupted by power to jettison basic ethical and professional values. Gonzales is widely blamed for politicizing the Justice Department, destroying its credibility, appointing substandard officials, and turning a blind eye to egregious violations like the torture and surveillance programs. That record has made it difficult for Gonzales to find a job. He recently took a political science position at Texas Tech, viewed by many as a telling choice since he acted with more attention to politics than the law in his career. Now Gonzales has been named dean of Belmont University’s nearly 3-year-old law school. He had previously accepted a teaching position at the school.

Gonzales has been teaching constitutional law courses, a rather frightening thought given his history. He has also been working for Nashville’s Waller law firm, one of the few firms willing to embrace this highly denigrated figure. Waller was criticized for its decision to hire Gonzales who personifies for many the victory of ambition over principle.

For many, this appointment looks like a provisional law school accepting an equally provisional lawyer as dean. Gonzales will not help the law school’s reputation. The school defines itself as “Belmont University is a student-centered Christian community providing an academically challenging education that empowers men and women of diverse backgrounds to engage and transform the world with disciplined intelligence, compassion, courage and faith.”

Gonzales has declared that he is committed “to make Belmont the greatest law school that it can be.” Given the fact that Gonzales took a department with a stellar reputation and devastated both its professionalism and reputation, that statement is rather chilling.

45 thoughts on “Gonzales Becomes Law Dean At Provisional Law School in Tennessee”

  1. Meanwhile, Torture Memo author John Yoo continues teaching law at Berkeley.

  2. Yet another war criminal who’s continued liberty makes chumps out of all Americans.

  3. Does his copy of the constatution still have urine stains from his time at the whitehouse…

  4. I suspect that Mr. Gonzalez was recruited for his fundraising abilities rather than his academic and ethical standing. Keep in mind that he is still considered a conservative hero by people with open checkbooks.

  5. Someone direct me again to a synopsis of all this Gonzaloes guys did wrong.

  6. Because the W bush administration was so obscenely destructive, Republicans are now rejecting Jeb Bush who is by far the most competent of the three, though HW and W set a very low bar.

  7. I believe the board had a heavy influence by experiencing some good ol’ fashioned Southern Comfort and their decision was strongly influenced by Mr. Jack Daniels and Mr. George Dickel.

    Is this the same school that trains the military JAG’s

  8. Gonzales Becomes Law Dean At Provisional Law School in Tennessee
    “What legal system?”

  9. On TORTURE:
    Senate committee votes to declassify parts of CIA torture report

    Ahhh, but there’s a catch… the CIA gets to approve the declassification investigation into it’s illegal torture regime. Does one even think Holder cares about Justice?

    What does the White House gain by obstructing Justice?
    What then does contempt look like?
    What does the President know, when did he know it?
    What does the Atty Gen know, when did he know it?
    How many names will be redacted from the report so as to ‘protect the identity’ of the accused?

    Where does your Congressional Representative stand on the issue?

  10. DOJ silent on spy chief investigationM

    Months after requesting an investigation into Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for lying to Congress, lawmakers have yet to get an update from the Justice Department.

    Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), the original author of the Patriot Act, and six other House Republicans called for a criminal probe into Clapper last year for falsely testifying that the government was not collecting bulk information on millions of Americans.

    Months later, Sensenbrenner said there’s been no response.

  11. it’s telling alright, didn’t he always treat the rule of law as if it was provisional?

  12. There are way too many law schools in America. If you are a potential student, do not go near this place. Fly over and flush.

  13. And you don’t think the current AG hasn’t politicized DOJ??? I think it’s far worse now than any perceived politicization under the previous administration. Any AG who refuses to proaecute clear violations of the Voting Rights Act because of the skin color of the perpretrators deserves to be removed from office.

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