Skip to comments.Massachusetts Law Professor Calls Care Packages for U.S. Troops 'Shameful'
Posted on 11/14/2011 10:05:49 AM PST by jazusamo
A Massachusetts law professor has created a campus firestorm with an email to colleagues that declares it would be "shameful" to send care packages to U.S. troops "who have gone overseas to kill other human beings."
Michael Avery, a professor at Suffolk University Law School, sent a five-paragraph email to colleagues in response to a school-wide appeal for care packages for deployed soldiers, Fox affiliate WFXT-TV reports.
"I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an academic institution for support for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings," Avery wrote.
The professor, who specializes in constitutional law, wrote the email last week in response to a university drive to collect items for U.S. troops, like sunblock and sanitary products. He also wrote that sympathy for American troops in harm's way is "not particularly rational in today's world."
Paul Spera, past commander in chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, blasted Avery's remarks on Monday, calling the professor's argument "despicable."
"The shameful thing is that hes teaching our young people," Spera told FoxNews.com.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
"I'm participating in it and I think a lot of people are regardless of the email. If anything, he really just discredited himself," she said.
Geez the guy sounds like Ron Paul.
Since my guess is he is tenured - nothing will happen to him.
I’m shocked that we sent armies overseas and now I find out they are killing people. What next? Are they braking things too?
IS EVERY University a stinking cesspool!!!!!!!
Sadly, the Suffolk law school website doesn’t provide this miscreant’s email address. (He’s a pretty old guy, and may not use email). His CV makes it clear why he thinks its immoral for American soldiers to go overseas and try to kill the enemies of their country. Have a look:
Professor of Law
S H O R T B I O G R A P H Y
Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School; Partner, Perkins, Smith & Cohen (1996-1998); Law Offices of Michael Avery, (1989-1995); Partner, Avery & Friedman, (1984-1989); Law Offices of Michael Avery, (1977-1984); Partner, Williams, Avery & Wynn (formerly Roraback, Williams & Avery), (1971-1977); Special Staff Counsel, ACLU Foundation (1970-1971). Adjunct Professor, Boston College Law School, (1989-1991); Visiting Professor, Georgia State University Law School, (1988-1989); Adjunct Professor, Northeastern Law School; Political Justice Workshop, Yale Law School (1972-1975); Undergraduate Seminar, “Police and Police Conduct,” Yale College.
On May 15, 2010 Prof. Avery was on a panel at the Federalist Society’s rendition of Henry V
BA, LLB, Yale University; attended University of Moscow, U.S.S.R. 1968-1969.
MA; CT; U.S.D.C. MA, CT; U.S. Court of Appeals 1st, 2nd, 4th, & 9th Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court
Constitutional Law, Individual Rights, Evidence, Scientific Evidence
President, National Lawyers Guild (NLG) (2003 - 2006); Former President, Board of Directors, National Police Accountability Project; Frequently invited to lecture on the topic of constitutional law and/or police misconduct at law schools nationwide. Lectures at conferences sponsored by Georgetown University Law Center, Chicago Kent Law School, Suffolk University School of Law, A.L.I. - A.B.A., American Civil Liberties Union affiliates, National Lawyers Guild, Clark Boardman, Ltd., International Association of Chiefs of Police, various law enforcement agencies. President, Board of Directors, National Police Accountability Project, NLG,(1999 - 2003); Cooperating Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, 1980-present; Co-chair, Massachusetts Chapter, National Lawyers Guild, 1996 to 1998; Board Member, Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, 1983-1986; General Counsel, Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts, 1978-1981; Chairperson, Civil Liberties Committee, National Lawyers Guild, 1977-1980; National Council Member, Emergency Civil Liberties Committee, 1976-1979.
S E L E C T E D P U B L I C A T I O N S
B O O K S
POLICE MISCONDUCT: LAW AND LITIGATION (3d ed., 2011) (with David Rudovsky and Karen Blum)
WE DISSENT (NYU Press, 2008) (Editor, Contributing author)
HANDBOOK OF MASSACHUSETTS EVIDENCE (8th ed., 2007 & Supp. 2010-2011) (with Mark S. Brodin)
DO YOUR OWN DIVORCE IN CONNECTICUT: THE PRO SE DISSOLUTION MANUAL FOR CONNECTICUT (1991) (with Diane Polan and Sara D. Eldrich)
A R T I C L E S
Obstacles to Litigating Civil Claims for Wrongful Conviction: An Overview, 18 B.U. PUB. INT. L.J. 439 (2009)
The Constitutionality of Warrantless Electronic Surveillance of Suspected Foreign Threats to the National Security of the United States, 62 MIAMI L. REV. 541 (2008)
The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement, 42 SUFFOLK L. REV. 89 (2008) (book review)
Prejudice v. Probative Value, Philadelphia Style, 50 ST. LOUIS U. L.J. 1147 (2007)
Paying for Silence: The Liability of Police Officers under Section 1983 for Suppressing Exculpatory Evidence, 13 TEMP. POL. & CIV. RTS. L. REV. 1 (2003)
You Have a Right to Remain Silent, 30 FORDHAM URB. L.J. 571 (2003)
Unreasonable Seizures of Unreasonable People: Defining the Totality of Circumstances Relevant to Assessing the Police Use of Force Against Emotionally Disturbed People, 34 COLUM. HUM. RTS. L. REV. 261 (2003)
The Liability of Police Officers under Section 1983 for Suppressing Exculpatory Evidence, 13 TEMP. POL. & CIV. RTS. L. REV. 1 (2003)
Annual William Homans Memorial LectureEvidentiary Privileges, PROCEEDINGS OF THE SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT HISTORICAL SOCIETY (2000)
Laudry v. Attorney General: DNA Databanks Hold a Mortgage on Privacy Rights, 44 BOSTON B.J. 18 (2000)
Police Chases: More Deadly than a Speeding Bullet?, 33 :12 Trial 61 (1997)
Judge Sotomayor’s Supreme Court Nomination, 06/01/09. NECN Sidebar Series
Use of full body scanners at airports, 01/11/10. NECN Sidebar Series
Appellate Nominee Goodwin Liu, 04/16/10. Professor Avery Discusses Appellate Nominee Goodwin Liu on CNN
C O N T A C T I N F O
Prof. Michael Avery
Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
I have shamefully sent over 300 packages. Whatever will I do?
Give him credit. He did more to publicize the program than any other individual could have.
Still, when the phone don’t ring, it’ll be Harvard Law, with that much anticipated offer to join the faculty. I mean, who wouldn’t wanna make Elizabeth Warren size dough?
Thanks for the AAUSS link, sounds like a great program.
Here’s the b@stard.
overseas? nah. i’d gladly travel to Mass to enlighten this prick
They don't usually make it that obvious.
Sadly, 90% of law profs would agree with this Marxist.
More trash to take out...
Thanks for your post.
I doubt we have to guess if he was for or against Judge Sotomayor and Prof Goodwin Liu.
“Prof arrogant and ignorant . He shows no respect for class or school . Do not take this class.”
What I plan to do: get more peanut butter, trail mix, sunscreen, etc. and send another one.
LOL. Maybe he saw Clinton there?
Especially since there are so many rabid America haters, outright traitors, Marxists, socialists and others like this professor right here in America who are equally deserving of their efforts.
He has no email address because he lives at Occupy Boston at present.
Former President of national Lawyers Guild - a Marxist front group.
"That would bring the war to standstill."
[ed. note: Insert drum roll and rim shot here]
Maybe it is shameful that people are sending care packages abroad for soldiers to kill people overseas. We should be sending care packages to soldiers to kill Leftists here.
As our liberty evaporates, maybe we can console ourselves with destroying Leftists.
LOL. What do you consider "pretty old" to be?
****for men and women who have gone overseas to kill other human beings****
Does he not know they were sent by the President with the consent of Congress?
Please tell me is not a Constitutional Scholar or an English professor. (Surprised he didnt type have went).
(FReepmailed in error;)
Someone should send a Ted Kazcynski (sp?) style care package to this treasonous creep.
Ping to view later - just so I can put a face to this d!ckhe@d - planning on writing to him just to give him a reminder that’s he’s not “all that and a bag of chips”!
What was his KGB code name?
I’d like to give him 100 strokes of the cane on his candy a$$ to teach him some respect. I’d make sure he couldn’t sit down or lie on his back for at least 4 months.
> IS EVERY University a stinking cesspool!!!!!!!
Pretty Much !!!
Read the post and then note this in Avery’s CV in post # 8 by ‘John Adams’:
“attended University of Moscow, U.S.S.R. 1968-1969.”
Says enough to me.
That this is now a fringe opinion speaks volumes about the success we have had in rehabilitating the image of our troops and veterans.
Old is at least 10 years older than me. ;)
I’m no baby myself — I’m 52 — and I thought about your question when i typed that. I thought i had an excuse for saying it because his lack of an email address did indeed make me think he doesn’t use email. But you’re right — that makes him old-fashioned, but not necessarily old. (Frankly, his dopey 1960’s politics make him old-fashioned too.)
Anyway — point taken.
I sent mine through Any Soldier. Is that the one you used?
“I think it is shameful that it is perceived as legitimate to solicit in an ACADEMIC institution? What does that have to do with it? Does he think it’s okay to solicit a mental institution? Oh, wait. Same thing.
“IS EVERY University a stinking cesspool!!!!!!!”
Well this particular professor is a stinker. Thats for sure.
Yes that’s who I use.
Can you rehabilitate a Leftist? I think many on the Far Left have as much hatred for our troops as ever, they are just more careful about expressing it openly.
Who said anything about rehabilitating leftists?