And I'm willing to take Ruth Bader Ginsburg's word that Scalia actually was a fine legal scholar, even if he was also one with whose conclusions she -- and I -- usually disagreed.
There's such a thing as genuine intellectual disagreement, over both the first principles underlying the discussion, and the proper ends thereof. I'm also aware that the school's original namesake did not extend the rights he championed to all in his own personal orbit (George Mason owned slaves).
But as a member of the GMU faculty (though fortunately not of the law school), I was still dismayed to find word of this in my inbox, and even more dismayed to find that, thanks to leap year, yesterday was March 31st rather than April 1st. At the very least, I think it will limit the applicant pool, and thus the intellectual diversity of the place.
- Name deliberately omitted