Chemerinsky and Drake kiss and make up

UC Irvine Chancellor Michael V. Drake spent the weekend on his knees, begging Duke's Erwin Chemerinsky to return to the dean's post at UCI's law school after Drake dumped the guy for being too liberal last week. At 10:10 a.m., the Times reported that Drake traveled to Durham, N.C. over the weekend to meet with Chemerinsky, and that the two reached an agreement last night. The deal is expected to be formally announced this morning. One has to wonder if an online petition asking Drake to reconsider had anything to do with it. Or maybe it was those calls for his resignation...

Meanwhile, the Register, which has been playing catch-up with the Times since the story broke, merely speculates about the event with the headline "UCI chancellor may be wooing fired dean." (Update: Huzzah, they caught up at 10:50 a.m. The headline on that link now reads "UCI rehires law dean.")

10:30 a.m. update: UCI just released a joint statement from the two confirming the news.

Pictured: Erwin Chemerinsky


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