Freedom of Information and the Tenure Debate

A recent post on The Faculty Lounge Blog entitled “Tenure And Open Record Laws: What Happens When Profs Are Forced To Produce Emails?” discusses a situation involving a University of Wisconsin history professor whose emails were sought pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. Why?

[Professor] Cronon had been active in opposing Governor Scott Walker’s union-busting efforts and the GOP sought to expose the possibility that Cronon was violating the state’s ban on using state resources for political activity.

As the author points out, the situation is relevant to the ABA tenure debate “because clinicians and writing faculty are just as likely to publicly advocate for policies as other law faculty members.”

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