Dean Chemerinsky explained, “Boalt made deeply offensive and racist statements. These views, which supported the despicable Chinese exclusion policy of the 19th century, raise serious questions about whether we should continue to use the name Boalt in connection with our law school.”
Yesterday, Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky announced the law school was indeed going to remove the Boalt name. This decision was reached rather quickly and, perhaps, with the idea that “ripping the band aid” would more quickly put the controversy behind the school once and for all. Based on our rather limited, and admittedly unscientific, sample of conversations with students and alumni, this seemed to be generating a decent amount of debate and disagreement.