Thursday, November 18, 2021

Yale Law Dean Admits Error, Stops Short of Apologizing to Targeted Students

The dean of Yale Law School expressed "regret" Wednesday for her administration's role in the now-infamous "trap house" incident but stopped short of apologizing to second-year law student Trent Colbert or the Federalist Society for their treatment at the hands of university administrators.

In a law school-wide email, Dean Heather Gerken took "full responsibility" for the "things the Law School administration should have done differently."

"No student or student group should ever have reason to believe that administrators are acting in a biased or unfair manner, and I deeply regret that this impression was given in this instance," Gerken wrote, referring to the administration's public denunciation of an email invitation Colbert sent in September and its alleged suggestions to Federalist Society president Zack Austin that he and his group put Colbert up to the task.

Gerken's email, which summarized the findings of an investigation by Deputy Dean Ian Ayres, did not mention Colbert by name and attributed the incident to poor communication.


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Gerkin’s email was HR lawyer defensive posturing mixed in a woke word salad. Great example of legal writing for the students. And this promise for “reform” is priceless (my emphasis):

"Finally, I have asked a small group of faculty members to think about how to maintain our cherished intellectual environment and warm community …. I expect the committee will address steps we can take as a community to create an environment in which people can disagree as well as our norms surrounding secretly recorded conversations and the sharing of private correspondence without permission."

Norms? In other words, she’s upset a student hauled before a disciplinary committee protected himself by recording the proceedings. Norms? Norms of the star chamber. Gerkin is unfit to be a lawyer, much less dean of the (formerly?) most prestigious US law school.

More evidence that hiring a recent YLS grad is hiring a lawsuit.

Posted by: Greg | Nov 18, 2021 3:09:49 PM

Gutless. She needs her old Ma to cuff her ear and tell her to apologise properly.

Posted by: dearieme | Nov 18, 2021 3:32:45 PM