Larry Mantle |

"AirTalk's" go-to conservative constitutional scholar resigns as Chapman Law Dean

John Eastman, the Dean of Chapman University School of Law, has announced he's stepping down from his administrative post to run for California Attorney General. Eastman will run in the Republican primary this spring.

Constitutional debates between Eastman and UCI Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky are among my favorite "AirTalk" segments. There's nothing like hearing two great minds with completely different world views battling it out over issues that they really care about. Unfortunately, we'll have to put that matchup on hold for professor Eastman's campaign.

If you have a recommendation for a local conservative legal scholar whom you think would be strong for our program, please let me know. We have a few we'll be calling, but I'd love to deepen the pool.

Friday on "Film Week on AirTalk," we'll hear our critics' opinions on Mel Gibson's return film, and highlight a new biography of the acclaimed producer from Hollywood's early years, Irving Thalberg.