Thursday, November 18, 2021
This week, two anonymous students of color have sued three Yale Law School administrators for allegedly threatening to harm their future job prospects unless they agreed to tell falsehoods about a particularly problematic professor.
Amy Chua, a law professor known for helping students get prime judicial clerkships, has long been a target of the law school’s administration over her conservative politics and her popularity with students. (See an exclusive College Fix interview with Chua explaining her travails here.)
The students are suing Dean Heather Gerken, Law School Associate Dean Ellen Cosgrove and Eldik – all three of whom featured in the accusations against Colbert – for attempting 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.”
The students – a black female and an Asian-American male – allege Gerken approached one prestigious law school professor and counseled against hiring either of them as “Coker Fellows,” which are prestigious teaching assistant positions that often lead to federal clerkships and other lucrative career opportunities.
At issue was a “dossier” of information the administration was using to try to damage Chua’s reputation. Among the charges made within were that Chua had held parties in violation of a previous agreement with the school not to do so, and that Chua had a federal judge to her home in violation of COVID-19 lockdown rules.
I have never met Amy Chua but I'm beginning to like her.