University of California at Berkeley School of Law Dean Sujit Choudhry has resigned in the wake of a sexual harassment complaint, school officials announced Thursday.First of all, a law dean rubbing shoulders and kissing cheeks isn't sexual. Everyone knows that when a law dean gets sexual, more than the shoulders get rubbed. Somewhere there's a minor earthquake, a brief power outage, an unexplained blip on the radars of scientists. All that core energy has to go somewhere...it's science.
Tyann Sorrell, a former executive assistant to Choudhry, claims that from September 2014 to March 2015, he sexually harassed her with kisses to the cheeks, bear hugs and repeatedly rubbing her shoulders and arms...
In any event, did we learn nothing from Larry Mitchell saga? For those who don't recall, or just don't want to remember because of the trauma, Larry Mitchell is the former Case Western dean who understood that law degrees were fucktastic and that a private law school education is the surefire way to make one live the high life. Then some silk sheets and some pesky strict constructionists (constrictionists?) got in the way and the next thing we knew, legal education lost a valiant soldier and oddly creepy Youtube poetry had gained a poetaster.
Do we really want that to happen again? Do we? Haven't we let ideas of liberalism and equality and "safe" employment run so wild that we're now stultifying the greatness of the true alpha?
Law deans are a different species. They have to be high energy to lasso in the lemmings, even at a school like Cal. They're some of the most accomplished, dynamic people in the country. If their bang-bang personality sometimes spills over into riding the underlings roughly or being touchy and/or feely with students, staff, or non-tenured faculty, so be it. This isn't blaming the victim, but rather recognizing the standard occupational hazard of working in a white collar feedlot with a Machiavellian-by-necessity CEO.
Basically, don't go to law school if you don't want to get fucked. #FreeLawDeanLibido