Paul L. Caron

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Report:  Harvard Law Prof Hid Far Left Views To Chair Hiring Committee And 'Heavily Influence Hiring Critical Race Theorists'

Harvard Law School (2016)Daily Caller, Leaked Document Shows Harvard Students, Profs Planning To Make School Even More Liberal:

Leaked notes from an alleged meeting between Harvard Law School (HLS) professors and student activists shows them planning how to coordinate their efforts in order to take the school in a more institutionally left-wing direction.

The notes also suggest that at least one professor at Harvard may be concealing the full extent of his liberal views in order to be appointed to positions where he can shape the university’s politics more decisively.

The notes of the meeting were obtained and published by Royall Asses Wednesday, an anonymous blog critical of recent liberal activism at HLS. ... The meeting in question allegedly occurred Dec. 5 of last year, just a few weeks after an incident where portraits of black professors were defaced with black tape. In the notes, Kenneth Mack, Christine Desan, and Jon Hanson, all professors at HLS, provide tips to at least 12 differents activists about how they can take advantage of the political “crisis” on campus to advance liberal causes.

“You guys created a crisis and congratulations it’s a great crisis,” the notes paraphrase Desan as saying. “[The] Question is how we can use it.” Hanson similarly urged the activists not to waste the “crisis” that had been created.

Their goals, which were published as a list of student demands, aren’t simply limited to increasing awareness and support for liberal viewpoints. They also include hiring more far-left faculty members and adding classes like critical race theory to the first-year curriculum. ...

Most interestingly, the notes include evidence that Mack is presenting himself publicly as a political moderate while actually concealing very left-wing views, including support for critical race theory. Mack suggests that by hiding his real views, he was able to become chair of the school’s entry-level faculty hiring committee, where he can heavily influence the hiring process.

“If my collegauges [sic] really thought I was a crit[ical] race theorist, I wouldn’t be running the [entry-level hiring] committee,” the notes paraphrase Mack as saying.

Later, Hanson discusses his goal of injecting more overt political activism into the faculty hiring process, and suggests that he wants Mack to “out” himself as a leftist. “Strategic use of student activism is important, and we also need activism among the faculty. I want Ken on the hiring committee, but I want him to be out,” Hanson says, according to the notes.

In the notes, the professors express a yearning for a more left-wing Harvard, and frustration with their lack of progress despite years of effort. “We’ve been waiting forever to do this,” Hanson allegedly says. The professors blame their lack of progress on HLS’s current and former deans, whom they accuse of eroding faculty power.

Interestingly, Desan describes HLS’s faculty as a “very conservative” group, an odd claim to make when 98 percent of HLS faculty’s political donations go to Democrats. At another point, former Dean Elena Kagan (who is now an Obama Supreme Court appointee) is criticized as an “autocratic” backer “centrist/rightist” views in the faculty.

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When Trump becomes president we can settle accounts with people like this (peacefully of course)

Posted by: Mike Livingston | May 29, 2016 1:11:06 AM

Professors should disengage themselves from student protests and beefs. Professors should remain impartial and objective; it is their workplace. They should not be involved in the scrum. The best example is that professor from Missouri. During a protest, which she was involved, called for "muscle" that ultimately involved criminal charges for her and an aggravated battery against a student photographer. To a judge, I would never "vouch" for a client or get involved with a client in THEIR legal matters. It's their beef.

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | May 29, 2016 7:06:55 AM

Why would anyone consider this to be news? An Ivy League school being considered leftist?

Heck, the University of Texas is leftist.

Posted by: Dale Spradling | May 29, 2016 1:14:55 PM

Kenneth Mack is hiding his liberal views? He writes about race and civil rights. I think his liberalism isn't exactly closeted.

Posted by: non-story | May 29, 2016 1:45:29 PM

A colleague once told me that NPR is a conservative media outlet. This helped me understand how the far left understands almost everyone to their right. Using this mindset, most Democrats are likely viewed as "conservative" by the far left.

Posted by: Beau Baez | May 29, 2016 3:37:27 PM

This is about as shocking as diluted water.

Posted by: Sara | May 29, 2016 6:35:19 PM

I would like a Supreme Court filled with University of ***, or State University of ***, better than any Ivy League liberal cauldron.

Posted by: EricMack | May 29, 2016 7:38:46 PM

Mr. Baez,
You have a valid point. I consider myself to be a Democrat. For full disclosure, I pulled a Republican ballot and voted for John Kasich. I once went on a Sierra Club sponsored hike at a forest preserve. I tossed a banana peel into the garbage can. One of the open sandal, pot smoking, hairy armpit, Vegan, all corporations and money is evil types removed my banana peel from the trash to save it for "composting." She told me that I should focus on saving the Earth.

Posted by: Captain Hruska Carswell, Continuance King | May 29, 2016 9:51:17 PM

How to destroy the reputation of a tier 1 law school in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ....

Posted by: ruralcounsel | May 31, 2016 4:42:00 AM