Robert O'Neil

O’Neil to Serve as General Counsel

Robert M. O’Neil has been appointed to serve as AAUP general counsel for 2010–12. O’Neil is the founding director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and former president of the University of Virginia as well as of the University of Wisconsin system.

The AAUP in the Courts

Marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of the American Association of University Professors, an Academe article on “The Association and the Courts” recounted a significant change in the AAUP’s advocacy strategy in the late 1950s. During the first half century or so, the organization relied almost entirely on developing and issuing clear statements of policy and pursuing systematic investigations of apparent violations of academic freedom. Such inquiries often resulted in the imposition of formal censure on errant administrations as well as in media attention.

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