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Washington Free Beacon

Nearly two-thirds of student body sign letter in support of rowdy protest

Aaron Sibarium

March 16, 2022

More than 100 students at Yale Law School attempted to shout down a bipartisan panel on civil liberties, intimidating attendees and causing so much chaos that police were eventually called to escort panelists out of the building.

The March 10 panel, which was hosted by the Yale Federalist Society, featured Monica Miller of the progressive American Humanist Association and Kristen Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a conservative nonprofit that promotes religious liberty. Both groups had taken the same side in a 2021 Supreme Court case involving legal remedies for First Amendment violations. The purpose of the panel, a member of the Federalist Society said, was to illustrate that a liberal atheist and a conservative Christian could find common ground on free speech issues.

"It was pretty much the most innocuous thing you could talk about," he added.

That didn’t stop nearly *120 student protesters brain dead ignorant spoiled morons from crowding into the event.

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With the fracas intensifying, Stith reminded the students of Yale's free speech policies, which bar any protest that "interferes with speakers' ability to be heard and of community members to listen." When the protesters heckled her in response—several with their middle fingers raised—she told them to "grow up," according to video of the event obtained by the Free Beacon.

 

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* There Fixed it.

Why does the phrase "Spare The Rod, Spoil The Child" come to mind?

H/T Power Line

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On the YLS debacle

Scott Johnson

Mat. 30 2022

Peter Wood is president of the National Association of Scholars and a frequent contributor to the Spectator. He is an anthropologist and author, most recently, of Wrath: America Enraged and 1620: A Critical Response to the 1619 Project. My favorite of his books is Diversity: The Invention of a Concept. All are published by Encounter Books, all are still in print, and everything he writes is worth reading.

On March 25 NAS posted Wood’s Statement on the Yale Law School debacle. NAS has granted us permission to post it verbatim. The statement takes up a few of the related developments we have noted. Here is the statement in its entirety (lightly edited with a link or two added to those originally in the statement as posted).

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I say this is the best we outsiders can do, but perhaps that is too pessimistic. The group of scholars and others who signed the free speech declaration the Philadelphia Statement in 2020 (I was one of the drafters) has been circulating a public letter to Yale Law Dean Heather Gerken, which is open to all who wish to sign it. I have. It concludes by calling on the dean to take four actions, all of which I commend:

1. Commit to your own students and others that Yale Law School administrators will use their best efforts to protect and cultivate a culture of free speech on campus.

2. Commit to ensuring that speakers with diverse views are welcome at Yale.

3. Condemn the behavior of students who violated other people’s rights on March 10 and take appropriate disciplinary actions in keeping with Yale’s free speech policies.

4. Retract and/or issue corrections to Yale Law School’s initial statement concerning the events of March 10.

Item number three in my judgment is the most important. Failure to hold the student disrupters responsible according to the law School’s own avowed principles would make any other concessions by Dean Gerken hollow. It would serve a good public purpose, however, to have it on record whether the dean of one of America’s top law schools has the fortitude to uphold the rule of law within her own domain. I have my doubts but I would be glad to be proven wrong."

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Yale Law Professor Takes on Dean, Calls Disruption of Free Speech Event a ‘Blatant Violation’ of School Policy

Aaron Sibarium

April 1, 2022

The Yale Law School professor who attempted to keep order as protesters disrupted a panel on free speech urged her colleagues in a Thursday letter to recognize the disruption as a "blatant violation of Yale’s Free Expression policy," a statement that contradicts conclusions reached by the law school's dean.

"This is an important moment," Professor Kate Stith said in a memo to all tenured faculty at the law school. "Any formal determination that the March protest at Yale Law School did not violate Yale’s policy on Free Expression would set a terrible precedent at Yale and elsewhere."

The memo came three days after Heather Gerken, the dean of the law school, suggested that the students who attempted to drown out the panel and made speakers fear for their safety hadn’t violated Yale’s free speech policies.

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