In collaboration with UCMeP, our friends over at Save Our Dean are organizing a rally in defense of Christopher Edley, Dean of Boalt Law at UCB and one of the 36 UC executives threatening to sue the UC because their six-figure pension plans are apparently not exorbitant enough. The rally will take place this Wednesday, January 19 at 12:45 in Steinhard Courtyard of Boalt Hall. Dean Edley has been invited to speak. Here’s the announcement from Save Our Dean:
We write as members of the Boalt Hall community concerned over recent criticism of Dean Edley. As you may have heard, Dean Edley wrote to the Board of Regents on December 9 to remind them of their “moral and ethical” responsibilities to increase the pensions of University of California executives earning over $245,000. Taking a moral stand isn’t always easy or popular, but we applaud Dean Edley for doing so.
Although there are a host of problems now plaguing the University of California system, we agree with Dean Edley that this is an issue our community needs to address URGENTLY. While all of us have had to undertake sacrifices – rising tuition, cuts to financial aid, and layoffs – the demand letter serves as a timely reminder that, eventually, a line must be drawn.
Dean Edley’s powerful e-mail to the community serves as a moral challenge to us all. We hope that this dispute does not result in a “costly and unsuccessful legal confrontation for the University.” But if it does, we want to show the Board of Regents that some of this nation’s brightest young legal minds will be supporting Dean Edley in his fight for higher executive pensions.