president of the UW system on recent controversies; A Dane County judge will appear in the state high court
MADISON, Wis. –New UW System President Jay O. Rothman, former CEO of a Milwaukee-based international law firm, sat on For registration with Naomi Kowles this Sunday to lay out her priorities for the state’s university system.
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Rothman also said a free speech investigation that sparked system-wide controversy and contributed to the resignation of UW-Whitewater’s acting chancellor will continue this fall.
“I think the issue of free speech and civil dialogue on campuses is absolutely critical,” Rothman said. “If you think of what a university should be, it should be this place where ideas can be debated and discussed in a civil way.”
He also backed new UW-Madison chancellor Jennifer Mnookin, the current dean of UCLA law school, who was lambasted by Republicans after her unanimous nomination by UW regents.
“I think she will do great things for UW Madison and for the system more generally because the flagship is really important to the system as a whole,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to Jennifer being here and people being able to meet her and interact with her because I think they’ll come away as impressed as I was with her.”
Watch the full interview above, including Rothman’s expectations for building relationships with key Republicans in the Legislature.
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Also on For the Record, UW-La Crosse political science professor Anthony Chergosky sat down with political journalist Will Kenneally to discuss Donald Trump’s surprise endorsement of multi-millionaire businessman Tim Michels. .
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For the record: Dane County judge enters race for state Supreme Court
With former Chief Justice Pat Roggensack not running for re-election next spring, the delicate balance of power backed by conservatives in the Wisconsin Supreme Court (4-3) could be up for grabs.
Dane County Judge Everett Mitchell, who chairs the Circuit Court Juvenile Division, joined the race this week alongside Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Janet Protasiewicz, who was backed by the State Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Dallet.
Mitchell, who is also a pastor and assistant law professor at the University of Wisconsin, highlighted her upbringing by a single mother in Fort Worth, Texas, and her struggles with education before graduating from the University. from Princeton and Morehouse College.
“I really had a hard time here getting a job, I worked at Pizza Hut delivering pizza,” he recalled when he first moved to Wisconsin in 2004. “Even though I had a master’s degree from Princeton and a degree from Morehouse [College]: I have never given up on my dream of truly working to promote justice in this community.
Asked about his approach to legal interpretation, he referred to what he called a “living” and evolving approach to constitutional interpretation, alongside those who bring an originalist approach – interpreting legal documents such as they were meant for at the time.
“I think as an African American, thinking about how the constitution was crafted without us, even the idea of slavery wasn’t included in the very language of the constitution itself. but was nevertheless a reality”, he explained. “Do you want a document that talks about both life opportunities for how our culture will change, and what does that mean for us?”
Watch his full interview above.
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