Legal Ethics

Panel Says Law Prof Shouldn't Be Fired Over Hypothetical Involving Dean's Murder


A panel of faculty has recommended that Widener University School of Law not dismiss an associate professor who allegedly used a hypothetical in a criminal class that involved the dean’s murder.

They said, however, that an effort to dismiss Lawrence Connell, 58, should be concluded without prejudice, leaving open the option that it could be filed again later, reports the National Law Journal.

Even assuming the law school follows the recommendation, however, Connell likely will still face further fire, says his lawyer, Thomas Neuberger.

“We think they’re going to have … two students [who complained] bring charges against him in a different forum of the university that doesn’t have the protections of the tenure dismissal process,” the attorney states.

The university declined to comment.

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