Catholics question identity of Marquette University following appointment of pro-choice Feingold

politics | Jan 13, 2011 | By Martin Barillas

The dean of Marquette University Law School announced on January 5 the appointment of former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold as Visiting Professor of Law.

The former legislator will  teach during the spring semester of 2011, the university announced in a press release. He completed his third term in the U.S. Senate on January 3, having failed in his re-election attempt to a Republican.

“Senator Feingold joins Marquette Law School with a substantial academic, legal and legislative background,” said Joseph D. Kearney, dean of Marquette University Law School, in announcing the appointment. “He will draw on all of this in working with students in their analysis of some of the most complex legal issues facing our nation and world today. I look forward to his service on our faculty.”

According to a press release, Feingold will teach an elective course, Current Legal Issues: The U.S. Senate, to upper-level law students. He earned his undergraduate degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a former Rhodes Scholar and an honors law graduate of both Oxford University and Harvard University. He practiced law for six years with two Wisconsin law firms, Foley & Lardner and LaFollette & Sinykin. Feingold served for 10 years in the Wisconsin Senate and 18 years in the United States Senate, where he was a member of the Foreign Relations, Intelligence, Budget and Judiciary Committees.

“As I looked at beginning to write the next chapter of my professional life, the opportunity to be in a Wisconsin classroom with engaged law students is one I found very appealing,” said Feingold. “Marquette Law School is a dynamic place, and I look forward to being part of it.”

While teaching at Marquette University Law School, Feingold also expects to begin work on a book. 

Feingold served as a Senator from Wisconsin from 1993 until he was unseated by Republican challenger Ron Johnson during the 2010 midterm elections. He earned a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America. He voted YES to allow “federal funding for research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells…” On the issue of marriage, News Max quoted Feingold in 2006: “Gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry and have access to the same rights, privileges and benefits that straight couples currently enjoy.” 

The Campus Notes blog at the CardinalNewmanSociety.org website asked, "We wonder if Marquette will inform Feingold that his “controversial” views on a range of legal issues are in conflict with the University’s Catholic identity?"

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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