Fourth Meeting of the Illinois Admissions Review Commission

I was incensed because we had just been steamrolled by what I felt to be an abuse of an official office. I took it to be the case that there had been a top-down gubernatorial fiat. I was incensed at Trustee Eppley and incensed at Herman not to muscle back.”

— Heidi Hurd, former dean of University of Illinois Law School

I would rather tender my resignation ... than do something I thought was unethical or admit a student I thought was unqualified.”

— Bruce Smith, Dean of University of Illinois Law School

I. CALL TO ORDER AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
II. PUBLIC TESTIMONY
A. Frances Carroll
B. Heidi Hurd
C. Bruce Smith
D. Michele Thompson
E. Stacey Kostell
III. DISCUSSION
IV. CONCLUDING REMARKS AND ADJOURNMENT

The former governor, a trustee and the chancellor abused their power when they pressured the University of Illinois law school to admit an unqualified student with strong financial ties to Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the law school's former dean testified Wednesday before a state commission.

Heidi Hurd, now a U. of I. law professor, described being "enraged" when Chancellor Richard Herman not only ordered her to accept a student backed by the governor and his go-between, Trustee Lawrence Eppley, but then also tried to appease her by offering to secure five jobs for law school graduates.