Disgraced Former CWRU Law Dean Lawrence Mitchell is Now a Professor in Shanghai

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[image-1] In 2014, Case Western Reserve University Law School Dean Lawrence Mitchell resigned amidst a lawsuit alleging rampant sexual impropriety and retaliation against a professor who tried to blow the whistle. 

The salacious details of that suit — including Mitchell's repeated attempts to enlist students and underlings in threesomes — and the complicity of CWRU administrators, including President Barbara Snyder, were chronicled in this 2014 Scene feature story. The suit was settled two months after publication. 

In 2016, Mitchell announced on his now-defunct personal blog that he'd officially changed his name to Ezra Wasserman Mitchell.

He is now a professor of Law at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SHUFE) in China, and students have lately learned of his past (un)professional conduct.

In a brochure created by SHUFE students and distributed to their classmates, Mitchell's name change and his controversial tenure at Case Western is presented in detail. The full text of Scene's 2014 report is included as well. (You can read a PDF of the brochure below.)

One student suggested in an email that China should not be excluded from the #MeToo movement and cited two recent cases in Chinese higher education where professors had been removed due to accusations of sexual harassment. Some SHUFE students are now trying to raise awareness about Mitchell.

"We believe that there should be no room for Lawrence Mitchell to secure any faculty position," the student wrote in an email, "as he is extremely dangerous to female students."

A message seeking comment was sent to Mitchell's university email address. We will update if and when we receive a response.


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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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