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E-mail exchanges Margaret Phillips 9-25-2007, 9-9-2008

E-mail exchanges Margaret Phillips 9-25-2007, 9-9-2008

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These two exchanges reflect the unhappiness and frustration the LRW instructors were feeling in 2007 and 2008. My job was to guide them through a faculty review process where they would receive the benefits of an upgrade to the LRW program without losing their jobs. After I was fired as LRW director, she unwisely continued to complain about "pay equity" to Professor George Kannar, my interim successor. Margaret was too outspoken and in spring 2009 was non-renewed, after seven years of service to the institution.
These two exchanges reflect the unhappiness and frustration the LRW instructors were feeling in 2007 and 2008. My job was to guide them through a faculty review process where they would receive the benefits of an upgrade to the LRW program without losing their jobs. After I was fired as LRW director, she unwisely continued to complain about "pay equity" to Professor George Kannar, my interim successor. Margaret was too outspoken and in spring 2009 was non-renewed, after seven years of service to the institution.

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E-mails to from Margaret Phillips to Jeffrey Malkan fall 2007 From: Jeffrey Malkan Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007

4:56 PM To: Margaret Phillps - adelphia Subject: Re: faculty meeting on Friday I think the problem is Nils Olsen because he was insisting on a national job search. If he's not in the room, maybe no one else would have that idea. (Of course, there's no way to know for sure.) The problem is that this issue is just not on the radar screen. The new dean will be the 'decider,' and I don't think anything is going to happen until we get someone. ----- Original Message ----From: Margaret Phillps - adelphia To: Jeffrey Malkan Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 2:23 PM Subject: Re: faculty meeting on Friday Thanks for your response. I'm just so demoralized and frustrated. I'm back to feeling invisible at a time of the semester when I am working so hard. I was used to being invisible, but now it seems like people are going out of their way to treat us badly (although I know it's just an inevitable factor of the chaos). I'm curious -- how would getting some faculty support result in a national job search? Has anyone recommended lately that we do a national job search? Isn't there a way we can get some faculty support without triggering a national job search? If they did a job search without raising the salary, I'm not too worried about our competition. Anyway, didn't UB do a national job search for my position?

Margaret Phillips Assistant Professor of Legal Skills 709 O'Brian Hall SUNY at Buffalo Law School Buffalo, New York 14260 (716) 645-7399 mlphill@buffalo.edu
----- Original Message ----From: Jeffrey Malkan To: Margaret Phillips Sent: Tuesday, September 25, 2007 12:13 PM Subject: Re: faculty meeting on Friday Hi Margaret, I don't think we want to push this forward in a way that will result in a national job search for the newly created positions. I'd rather wait until we're pretty sure that the present instructors are going to be able to keep their jobs, or at least have a decision on their applications for reappointment, before outside applicants are solicited. Anyway, that's what I'm worried about. Jeff

----- Original Message ----From: Margaret Phillips To: Jeffrey Malkan ; Bernadette Clor ; nlhaynes@buffalo.edu ; mlphill@buffalo.edu ; kwink@buffalo.edu ; Laura Reilly ; Jennifer Plants (home) ; Jennifer Plants ; Kendra Winkelstein Sent: Monday, September 24, 2007 8:32 PM Subject: Re: faculty meeting on Friday Jeff: As per the committee assignments circulated by Cheri, aren't you on one of the committees? I assumed that was the one that would look at R&W. Do you think the Friday meeting did away with the committees already formed? What if you, or perhaps all of us, met with someone -- Makau? Rebecca?Sue Mangold? -- and tried to get some movement on this. Maybe at the very least we could get a faculty mentor/sponsor to try to get a committee on this -- I know everything is chaos but we are really being jerked around . . . Nice about Jim Wooten, though.

Margaret Phillips Assistant Professor of Legal Skills University at Buffalo School of Law 709 O'Brian Buffalo, New York 14260 (716) 645-7399 mlphill@buffalo.edu

----- Original Message ----From: Jeffrey Malkan To: Bernadette Clor ; nlhaynes@buffalo.edu ; Margaret Phillips ; mlphill@buffalo.edu ; kwink@buffalo.edu ; Laura Reilly ; Jennifer Plants (home) ; Jennifer Plants ; Kendra Winkelstein Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007 8:18 PM Subject: faculty meeting on Friday Hi everyone, Just to let you know. The meeting on Friday did *not* approve the proposed "strategic plan." A lot of anxiety came out of the woodwork from some faculty members who have been brooding about this, and Jack Schlegel filibustered for forty-five minutes (the meeting started at 2 PM and had to end at 4 PM because of Yom Kippur). At the very end, Jim Wooten, to his credit, reminded the faculty that decisions about the legal writing program were a lot more urgent than decisions about the mission statement, etc. Nevertheless, no progress was made. Makau, who has been quarterbacking the strategic planning process, was apparently disappointed, frustrated, and a little exasperated. I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing for us (status quo is acceptable until we get a new Dean), but it's not a good thing either because no committee can be formed to address R&W until the Strategic Plan is approved. Jeff P.S. I can't think of anything I want to say to the R&W "student assistants," as a group, at this point. The whole idea developed too late. I think we use them as we individually see fit for this academic year and come up with a program-wide plan for next fall.

E-mails to from Margaret Phillips to George Kannar spring 2008 From: Margaret Phillps Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 11:33 AM To: George Kannar ; Laura Reilly ; nlhaynes@buffalo.edu ; kwink@buffalo.edu ; jplants@acsu.buffalo.edu ; Bernadette Clor ; Jeffrey Malkan Subject: Getting our summer money Dear George: Thanks for your continued efforts on this front, and for keeping us updated. I was told by Jim Newton that some sort of policy decision was made about the availability of summer money; I suspect we may have fallen through the cracks here. I've also been told that Makau appreciates legalistic arguments. We certainly have those here: we were assured that, although he was giving us a tiny raise (5k) we would still get our summer money (oral contract); we relied upon that assurance (I am reminded of just detrimental my reliance is as the fall tuition bills for my children come due!); we had no official notice that we would not be receiving this money (due process problem); and finally, taking away our summer money seems to undermine Makau's intent to give us a "good faith" raise of 5K (contrary to legislative intent/policy). :) Also, regarding the salary for the posted positions, as Laura indicated, the regional salary averages can be found at http://www.lwionline.org/surveys.html. FYI, the Legal Writing Institute 2008 survey would also give you an overview of the R&W programs across the country. FInally, did you want us all to send out our assignment schedule to the other 1L teachers in our section? Best, Margaret

----- Original Message ----From: George Kannar To: Margaret Phillps ; Laura Reilly ; nlhaynes@buffalo.edu ; kwink@buffalo.edu ; jplants@acsu.buffalo.edu ; Bernadette Clor ; Jeffrey Malkan Sent: Saturday, August 30, 2008 10:34 AM Subject: Re: Posting of R&W positions, etc.

greetings -well, it turns out that margaret's sources on this matter are better than mine. yesterday, i had a meeting with makau that had been scheduled by his office somewhat suddenly, and with no advance communication to me concerning its agenda. the purpose of the meeting, it turned out, was to get me to start thinking about an expedited r & w hiring schedule, which makau now views as important in light of some new university budget information that makau himself only received on tuesday. makau and i agreed that i should spend the next several days trying to figure out what we might realistically hope to get done during the upcoming fall term -- and also how to do it, in view of

the necessity for APPC and faculty involvement in r & w planning. he and i will meet again next week, at which time we will try to figure out a way to go forward, on an expedited basis, under these changed circumstances. generally speaking, his current thinking is indeed consistent with margaret's report, including with respect to the proposed salary figure. aside from a brief discussion of recent events in kenya, this was the only topic that we discussed. the topic of your summer money (which i had speculated beforehand might be the reason for the meeting) did not come up, although i had let makau know earlier in the week by email that i had told you about the results of the meeting that he and i had had on that topic just before he left for kenya. that is everything i know. unless things proceed further without my input (which wouldn't be a first), the next important moment in this evolving situation should come late next week when makau and i have to decide what to say to the faculty at the convocation meeting scheduled for next friday morning, or at that meeting itself. i will of course keep you posted ongoingly to the best of my knowledge and ability. hope that everyone will survived the first week ok, and that you have a pleasant labor day. best regards, gk Margaret Phillps wrote:
George: We have heard that the R&W positions may be posted soon, and that it's likely the new salary will be 60k. While this is certainly a better salary than 47k, I continue to be concerned about pay equity. Specifically, comparable faculty, such as Barbara Sherk (who graduated in 2002 and who does not have the lengthy practice experience or the academic honors that we all have) gets paid 79k; clinical faculty get paid between 64k and 108k. As you know, the former director of R&W gets paid 95k. Will the new salary be only 60k? And if so, how is that justified? Can you advocate for a salary that will not put us at the very bottom of the UB faculty? I have copied my colleagues on this email because I imagine that they are just as concerned as I am about pay equity. Thanks for your attention to this matter. Margaret Phillips Assistant Professor of Legal Skills 709 O'Brian Hall SUNY at Buffalo Law School Buffalo, New York 14260 (716) 645-7399 mlphill@buffalo.edu

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