More on Joyce Foundation buying a law review
Below, I posted with regard Joyce Foundation underwriting an issue of Forham Law Review, for the apparent purpose of generating anti-individual rights articles. Saul Cornell, organizer of the event, replied, via the Volokh Conspiracy, that he had tried to enlist Prof. Nick Johnson and others to give an individual rights view, but they withdrew.
I made an inquiry to Nick Johnson, and he replied as follows:
Interesting. The moderator of the Law Review, Prof. James Fleming will verify that I complained quite loudly about the lack of balance of the proposed panels, and suggested a long list of names who should be considered to add balance. After several overtures to Cornell by Fleming as intermediary, I withdrew from the panel in protest of the onesidedness of the affair.
Also, nearly a year before the event, the Law Review asked and I agreed to present and write for one of the panels. As the event approached, I was relegated to a "commentator" on the Dorf Panel. I
viewed it as an act of bad faith and said so at the time. At the time I withdrew I was the only "standard modeler" in the show. After I withdrew, Cornell asked Cottrol (though he had rejected him as an addition to the panel when I proposed it earlier). After that, he got Ray Diamond. My sense was he was looking only for a token showing. But not any real debate.
All of this is well documented in emails to the Law Review, Fleming (the Law Review Moderator) and our Dean.