Obama did NOT "hold the title" of a University of Chicago law school professor.

JT For Political Reform 2012/09/07 00:16:35

By Lynn Sweet on March 28, 2008 6:25 PM


WASHINGTON—The University of
Chicago released a statement on Thursday saying Sen. Barack Obama
(D-Ill.) “served as a professor” in the law school—but that is a title
Obama, who taught courses there part-time, never held, a spokesman for
the school confirmed on Friday.

“He did not hold the title of professor of law,” said Marsha Ferziger
Nagorsky, an Assistant Dean for Communications and Lecturer in Law at
the school, on East 60th St. in Chicago

The U of C statement was
posted on the school’s website two days after the Clinton campaign
issued a memo headlined “Just Embellished Words: Senator Obama’s Record
of Exaggerations & Misstatements.” The memo was generated by the
Clinton campaign as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) was put on the
defensive for claiming incorrectly that she dodged sniper fire while
First Lady when her plane landed in Bosnia.

Another university spokesman, Josh Schonwald, said the Obama
campaign did not request that the statement be generated and that it was
posted because reporters were calling the school with questions about
Obama’s status. However, the Obama campaign was interested in making
sure reporters saw the U of C statement.

The university statement said, “From 1992 until his election to the
U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama served as a professor in the Law
School.” The school probably did not mean to imply that Obama became a
University of Chicago professor a year out of law school. But the word
“served” is key—Nagorsky said Obama carried out, or served, a function
of a professor—teaching a core curriculum course while a senior
lecturer—while at the same time not holding down that rank.

At issue in the Clinton memo was Obama’s claims—mostly specifically
on several direct mail pieces produced for his 2004 U.S. Senate race--
that said he was a law professor at the university.

Obama graduated Harvard Law School in 1991. He was a lecturer at the
U. of Chicago law school between 1992 and 1996. During this time he was
an attorney at the law firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland. In his
first years of teaching, he had only one course.

He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996 and his teaching load
eventually increased to three courses a year, less than the load of a
professor. Obama won a state Senate seat in 1996. Obama maintained his
senior lecturer post from 1996 to 2004, when he took a leave to run
for the U.S. Senate.

Nagorsky said there is a major distinction between a lecturer and
senior lecturer, though both are not full-time positions. She said the
status of a senior lecturer is “similar” to the status of a professor
and Obama did teach core courses usually handled only by professors.
While Obama was also part of the law school community, his appointment
was not part of an academic search process and he did not have any
scholarly research obligations which professors often do.

In August of 2004, I wrote a column about Obama’s U.S. Senate
campaign literature saying he was a law professor at the U of C when he
was a senior lecturer on leave at the school. Neither the school nor
anyone in the Obama campaign complained at the time.

The University of Chicago did Obama no favor by saying he was a law
professor when he wasn’t. This parsing is not necessary. There is
nothing degrading about being a senior lecturer and bringing to students
the experience of a professional in the field.

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  • princess 2012/09/07 02:50:31
    But he does hold the title of first-rate SERIAL LIAR....but that list is quite lengthy!!
  • mal 2012/09/07 00:44:44
    obama is a fraud...that's why his records are sealed, people..
  • Mark In Irvine 2012/09/07 00:22:50
    Mark In Irvine
    you are nitpicking, trying to make a mountain out of a molehill ... Bill Clinton kicked the GOP's ass last night and you SHOULD be scared that your candidate's chances of winning were flushed down the toilet last night in from of the entire voting public ... but this thing you've posted is old news and like i said at the start, is basically a non-issue ...
  • JT For ... Mark In... 2012/09/07 00:38:09
    JT For Political Reform
    The truth is not nitpicking. He's a liar just like Wilson told you he was.

    Clinton is excellent at selling lies.
  • Allbiz ... Mark In... 2012/09/07 01:31:53
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA
    Bill Clinton:

    1. Alleged serial rapist.
    2. Long-time philanderer.
    3. Molester of White House interns
    4. Convicted felon
    5. Disabrred lawyer
    6. Impeached president

    Everytime Clinton shows his face in public, he just makes a fool of himself and all those who idolize him. But, then, I guess it takes a fool to be a liberal.
  • Mark In... Allbiz ... 2012/09/07 01:37:38
    Mark In Irvine
    Allbiz - PWCM - JLA:

    1. Living in the past
    2. Making a mountain out of an old, cold molehill
    3. Prurient interest in other people's sex lives
    4. Hiding behind SodaHead avatar
    5. Envious of people who actually become lawyers
    6. Envious of people who actually hold public office
    7. Ill-mannered and insulting personality

    But, I guess RWNJs are just ill-mannered and insulting to people with whom they disagree.
  • JT For ... Mark In... 2012/09/07 10:04:25
    JT For Political Reform
    Only progressive idiots would look at what Bill Clinton did that shamed a nation as a good thing or just the past. Now blame that on Bush.
  • Mark In... JT For ... 2012/09/07 20:30:36
    Mark In Irvine
    i can see that you'll never get it
  • JT For ... Mark In... 2012/09/07 21:18:16
  • Mark In... JT For ... 2012/09/07 21:45:17
    Mark In Irvine
    you are a rude and vulgar person.
  • JT For ... Mark In... 2012/09/07 22:49:27
    JT For Political Reform
    Only in the eyes of communists.

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