University, Law Professor Issue Joint Statement

Case Western Reserve and Professor Raymond Ku are pleased to announce that they have resolved their differences in a manner that will conclude Professor Ku’s litigation against the university and its former law-school dean.

Ku has been a tenured professor at Case Western Reserve’s law school since 2003, and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. “In my opinion, Professor Ku acted in the best interests of students, staff, and faculty,” said mediator Michael N. Ungar, a former Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association president and chair of the Ulmer & Berne law firm’s litigation department. “Likewise, in my opinion, the University has also acted in the best interests of the law school and all members of the school community.  The devotion of both to students, staff, and faculty is unquestioned.”

Ungar added: “This has been a hard case, but everyone involved focused on finding a solution that would further the success and momentum of the law school.  While the university and Professor Ku had significant differences regarding this matter, their sincere desire to act in the school’s best interests prevailed. I commend them all for their diligence, integrity and willingness to look beyond individual disagreements and embrace collaboration toward a common goal. As is typical in these types of situations, the details of the resolution are confidential.”

Effective July 1, Professor Ku, who has published widely on legal issues involving the Internet, privacy, and copyright, will become Director of the law school’s newly created  Center for Cyberspace Law & Policy.

Case Western Reserve’s law school has made significant gains in the 2013-2014 academic year, including dramatic increases in admissions applications and deposits as well as major improvements in the proportion of graduates employed in positions requiring bar passage. The University looks forward to Professor Ku continuing his contributions to this positive momentum and welcomes his ongoing service and commitment to the school.

These circumstances have been challenging for everyone involved. The university and Professor Ku are glad that they were able to find a path that allows everyone to move past these recent difficulties and focus squarely on advancing the law school. Meanwhile, both the university and Professor Ku convey their profound gratitude to the entire law-school community for the dedication its members have demonstrated to the institution and its students.