Friday, January 14, 2022
A controversial law professor’s article was refused publication in Emory University’s law review for including language student editors deemed “hurtful and unnecessarily divisive,” drawing steep criticism from First Amendment advocates.
As the controversy festers, campus leaders maintain the university stands by its faithfulness to principles of free speech and academic freedom.
Emory’s law school has a “deep commitment” to upholding “academic freedom” and to supporting a campus environment that fosters “robust debate about important and sometimes controversial topics,” university spokeswoman Susan Clark told The College Fix.
The statement comes after Emory Law Journal’s executive board “unanimously” decided to nix publication of a California law professor’s article after finding the piece “insensitive.”
Danielle Kerker Goldstein, editor-in-chief of Emory Law Review, allegedly told author Larry Alexander that unless his article was “greatly revise[d]” to remove content the executive board objected to, the journal would “withdraw” its “publication offer,” Reason reported.
A Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego, Alexander had previously been invited by the journal to contribute to a festschrift, or collection of pieces, honoring retiring Emory law Professor Michael Perry.
The technical legal term for what the Emory Law Journal has done here is a "faceplant." Kind of takes the fest out of the festschrift.