When the U.C. Irvine School of Law opens its doors to its inaugural class this August, it will duke it out with the Chapman University School of Law for the title of Orange County's top law school.
And while it may take time to see who comes out victorious in the law school rankings battle, the schools have already gained experience fighting it out through their respective deans.
That's because U.C. Irvine School of Law dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Chapman School of Law dean John Eastman are frequent guests -- dubbed the "Smart Guys" -- who engage on lively discussion on the syndicated radio show of Hugh Hewitt, who is also a constitutional law professor at Chapman.
You can listen to their discussion over the wisdom of the Obama administration prosecuting former Bush officials over the torture memos here.
If live debate is more your cup of tea, you can see Chemerinsky and Eastman in August reenact the historic 1944 Korematsu v. United States case, which upheld placing Japanese-Americans in internment camps during World War II.
According to the Riverside Press-Enterprise,
... 'Revisiting the oral argument in Korematsu is a sensitive undertaking, but one with an important purpose,' Presiding Justice Manuel Ramirez of the 4th District, Division Two, said in a statement.
Many court rulings 'have been good, even great decisions progressively realizing the founding fathers' ideals of due process, equal protection and liberty. But there also have been bad decisions, decisions that in retrospect represent retreats in the overall advance toward these goals,' Ramirez said in the statement."
After the arguments, Chemerinsky and Eastman are set to discuss the case and the War Powers Acts.
Read the Riverside Press-Enterprise story here.