Friday, November 19, 2021
Yale Law School is failing.
For reasons that appear to be associated with her support for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, the school seems to have a vendetta against Professor Amy Chua. Chua was banned from teaching Yale Law’s important “small group” classes after being accused of, well, something. A deep-dive investigative report by The New York Times found no evidence that Chua had actually done anything wrong.
As the Times reports it, Yale Law School gave way too much credence to unsubstantiated and anonymous student complaints, in a manner that makes a mockery of the principles of justice that any law school should stand for.
Now things have taken a turn for the worse. Two Yale Law School students have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the law school’s dean, Heather Gerken, associate dean, Ellen Cosgrove, and Diversity and Inclusion Director Yaseen Eldik of far more egregious behavior. The lawsuit claims that the defendants “worked together in an attempt to blackball two students of color from job opportunities as retaliation for refusing to lie to support the University’s investigation into a professor of color.” That professor was Amy Chua.
The two students charge that the law school administration tried to blackmail them into making false accusations against her. There’s much more, but that’s bad enough.
In addition, the law school administration publicly shamed another student of color, who announced a Native American Law Students Association party in conjunction with the conservative Federalist Society, for, well, basically white supremacy. The student’s e-mail used the term “trap house,” a joking reference to drug culture, which the administration interpreted as a reference to black people (which seems kind of racist in itself). But the administrators were really unhappy about the Federalist Society, which they seem to regard as presumptively bad because, well, it’s not on the left.