Today I learned for the first time of the contents of the testimony of University System of Maryland Board of Regents Chairman, Clifford Kendall, Board of Regents Vice Chairman Orlan Johnson and USM Chancellor William E. Kirwan before the Maryland House Appropriations Subcommittee on Education and Economic Development, regarding the UMB Legislative Audit. This testimony describes the results of the investigation the Board of Regents authorized Chancellor Kirwan to conduct into the audit findings. Because I had agreed to share the results of that investigation, a copy of the written testimony is attached.
I am very saddened by these developments. I feel it is important to add, however, how deeply I agree with Chancellor Kirwan that both Dr. Ramsay and Professor Rothenberg have served the university well for many years and have made important contributions to advancing our Law School. I have been heartened by the expressions of support for their work and this institution from our broader community, especially the Law School Board of Visitors. I have relied upon and been strengthened by the immense reservoir of love for this institution that Karen Rothenberg built during her years as Dean. Her contributions to the Law School have been innumerable and the legacy of her efforts carries us forward.
As the leader of one of the country's great law schools, I bear a special responsibility to guard the public trust, rely upon the legislative, legal and policy processes in place, ensure all voices to a controversy are heard, and withhold judgment when all facts have yet to be tested. I support the actions taken by Chancellor Kirwan and will continue to provide the full cooperation of this institution toward the resolution of any questions that remain or emerge in the coming days.
My special concern, and that of our faculty and staff, remains our students. The practice of law is a public calling, devoted to ensuring that more than any single interest, justice is served, defended and protected. Developing eager students into fine lawyers is a special privilege. I pledge my devotion to ensuring that our institution will continue to exert the full measure of its energy and imagination to that important work.
Phoebe A. Haddon
Dean and Professor of Law
Posted February 25, 2010