Texas Tech faculty members object to the hiring of ‘Professor’ Alberto Gonzales


Sarah Nightingale of the Avalanche-Journal reports that Texas Tech professors object to the hiring of Alberto Gonzales:

More than 40 Texas Tech professors have objected in a petition to Chancellor Kent Hance’s decision to hire former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, according to the petition’s creator.

Petition creator Walter Schaller, a Tech philosophy professor since 1986, said Friday he decided to take action because “with the emphasis on ethics the university has adopted, a guy that misled Congress is not the kind of person we want to represent Texas Tech.”

[snip]

The petition cites two main reasons for opposing Gonzales’ hire: because the chancellor should not hire faculty and because Gonzales’ record is questionable.

[snip]

The document goes on to list Gonzales “ethical failings,” including: frequently misleading Congress and the American people; rejecting the Geneva Conventions; denying the Constitutional right of Habeas Corpus; and showing more loyalty to President George W. Bush than to the Constitution.

“I tried to document all of the charges against Gonzales,” Schaller said, citing a 2008 Department of Justice report and a 2009 Inspector Generals’ report investigating Gonzales’ surveillance programs as his information sources.

The petition is here (.pdf).

I sent the following email to the 38 original professors who signed the petition:

Professors:

I wish you luck with your petition in opposition to the employment of Mr. Gonzales by TTU.

Prof. Schaller was quoted saying:

I tried to document all of the charges against Gonzales,” Schaller said, citing a 2008 Department of Justice report and a 2009 Inspector Generals’ report investigating Gonzales’ surveillance programs as his information sources.

As a practicing attorney, I’ve grown very tired of attorneys – like Mr. Gonzales – whose unethical conduct makes them unfit to practice law and began drafting grievance applications to document their conduct, including this complaint against Mr. Gonzales.  My article is written in the form of a draft grievance application that is ready to be filed with the Texas Bar.  I would suggest it would be much harder for TTU to justify the continued employment of former-attorney Alberto Gonzales than the continued employment of former-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you – or someone from TTU law school – would like to discuss filing a grievance against Mr. Gonzales with the Texas Bar Association.

Technorati Tags: , , , ,

Advertisements

6 Responses

  1. Welcome to my TTU visitors::

    129.118.83.67 (Texas Tech University) [Label IP Address]

    Texas, Lubbock, United States, 0 returning visit

    Date Time WebPage
    July 30th 2009 11:18:01 AM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/category/attorney-grievance-applications/

    July 30th 2009 11:19:09 AM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/texas-tech-faculty-object-to-the-hiring-of-professor-alberto-gonzales/

    July 30th 2009 11:19:32 AM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/tag/alberto-gonzales/

    July 30th 2009 11:21:03 AM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/2007/10/03/alberto-gonzales/

    July 30th 2009 11:22:26 AM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/the-grievance-project/

    July 30th 2009 11:23:52 AM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/about/

    If you are a faculty member and already signed the petition, the next step is to file a grievance against ‘Professor’ Gonzales with the Texas Bar Association. Please contact me if you need any assistance:
    grievanceproject(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. More visits from TTU faculty and/or students:

    129.118.51.209 (Texas Tech University)

    Texas, Lubbock, United States, 0 returning visit

    Date Time WebPage
    July 30th 2009 01:35:49 PM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/texas-tech-faculty-object-to-the-hiring-of-professor-alberto-gonzales/

    and

    ep502.dhcp.ttu.edu (Texas Tech University)

    Texas, Lubbock, United States, 0 returning visit

    Date Time WebPage
    July 30th 2009 01:24:10 PM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/2007/10/03/alberto-gonzales/

    July 30th 2009 01:24:26 PM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/about/

  3. And another:

    ep245.dhcp.ttu.edu (Texas Tech University)

    Texas, Lubbock, United States, 0 returning visit

    Date Time WebPage
    July 30th 2009 03:01:03 PM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/about/

    July 30th 2009 03:01:29 PM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/texas-tech-faculty-object-to-the-hiring-of-professor-alberto-gonzales/

  4. I’ve still received no response from any of the TTU faculty I emailed but I did have another visitor (a faculty member?) from Texas Tech:

    su240.dhcp.ttu.edu (Texas Tech University)

    Texas, Lubbock, United States, 0 returning visit

    Date Time WebPage
    July 31st 2009 02:26:16 PM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/texas-tech-faculty-object-to-the-hiring-of-professor-alberto-gonzales/

    • I want to report that I have been in limited communication with one of the 38 original signers of the petition in opposition to Mr. Gonzales’ employment at TTU. I hope s/he is seriously thinking about how the TTU professors’ position will be strengthened by a proper review of Mr. Gonzales’ fitness to practice law by the Texas Bar Association.

  5. It’s been a couple of days since TGP’s had a visitor from TTU, but today we welcome the TTU math department. Let me add it up for you: former-attorney Gonzales is far less employable than former-Attorney General Gonzales. So, if you increase the chances of Mr. Gonzales being disbarred – by filing my complaint, for instance – you will increase your chances of having Mr. Gonzales terminated from employment at TTU. At least, that is, according to my calculus of the situation.

    mam153.math.ttu.edu (Texas Tech University)

    Texas, Lubbock, United States, 0 returning visit

    Date Time WebPage
    August 5th 2009 02:41:05 PM No referring link grievanceproject.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/texas-tech-faculty-object-to-the-hiring-of-professor-alberto-gonzales/

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: