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Are Universities Above the Law?

The great unscrutinized institutions of our time.

May 20, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 34 • By PETER BERKOWITZ
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Perhaps the distinguished journalist Paul Steiger​—​managing editor of the Wall Street Journal from 1991 to 2007, and founder and executive chairman of ProPublica, a prize-winning online news organization devoted to investigative journalism in the public interest​—​might be induced to weigh in on these important questions about universities and their legal, moral, and educational obligations. And perhaps Columbia University’s commencement ceremony later this month might provide just the occasion. That’s when Steiger, who is also both a Knight Foundation trustee and good friend of Columbia Journalism School’s Dean Lemann, receives a Doctor of Laws honorary degree from Columbia.

Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and author of the new book Constitutional Conservatism: Liberty, Self-Government, and Political Moderation.

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