Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Law Students Plan Walkout Today To Protest Kavanaugh Confirmation

Chronicle of Higher Education, Law Students Plan Walkout on Wednesday to Protest Kavanaugh Confirmation:

Students from at least 12 law schools will stage a walkout on Wednesday followed by a three-day strike to protest the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court justice. ...

More than 30 organizations, many of them chapters of the National Lawyers Guild and groups like Democratic Socialists of America, had endorsed the strike as of Tuesday afternoon. Participants hail from at least 12 law schools, including those at American, Emory, and George Washington Universities and the Universities of Miami, Richmond, and Southern California. Law students are also organizing at Duke and Rutgers Universities and the Universities of Denver and North Carolina at Chapel Hill, according to the guild, a progressive legal organization. ...

Their efforts are part of a national backlash in the legal community, and law schools in particular, to Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Law students at Ohio State University already staged a walkout, on Monday. More than 2,400 law professors signed a letter urging the Senate to vote against confirmation and criticizing Kavanaugh’s temperament during the Judiciary Committee hearings. ...

The strike aims to push politicians and political candidates to support Kavanaugh’s impeachment on the grounds of alleged perjury, and to defend reproductive rights as members of the U.S. Congress

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but, but, whose gonna change the diapers for the little snowflakes ???

Posted by: John | Oct 12, 2018 3:42:10 PM


Sorry, one of the comments presumes that there is somehow a presumption of innocence in a job interview in the United States, sole remaining refuge of the at-will employment regime in the developed world. Another calls law professors who signed the anti-Brett letter part of a lynch mob. Spare me your concern trolling.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Oct 12, 2018 12:49:55 PM

UNE, you might have some good insights into the student debt and employment issues, but you're wildly off-base elsewhere, such as your latest snark here.

Where is anyone saying the students have no right to protest, or otherwise implicating the 1st Amendment? Most of the commentators you smugly deride are instead mocking the value, wisdom and efficacy of such a protest. Your comment comes off as wholly ignorant, have you been watching too much CNN/MSNBC lately?

Posted by: Todd | Oct 12, 2018 7:08:31 AM

What happened to the law students who put their education above protest and showed up for class? Were they refunded any tuition for classes being cancelled? Were they ostracized by other students? Will the professors grade them down out of spite? Remember, the new tactic for Democrats, according the the former U.S. Attorney General, is to kick those who don't accept their rule.

When I was in college and a student wanted a free cut to join the Vietnam moratorium protest, the professor said that he was going to have class and that if the cause was that important to the student that he should accept the penalty for cutting. Many of those protesting students from the 1960s were given favor for today's teaching jobs, but don't expect free cuts from them for something like making America great again.

Posted by: Woody | Oct 11, 2018 12:04:06 PM

Shorter Taxprof comments section: the First Amendment doesn't apply to viewpoints we don't like.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Oct 11, 2018 9:19:07 AM

Quote: More than 2,400 law professors signed a letter urging the Senate to vote against confirmation and criticizing Kavanaugh’s temperament during the Judiciary Committee hearings. ...

It'd be interesting to see how these 2400 law professors would respond if they were accused of rape, especially in front of the entire nation. And keep in mind that law has no expectation of an objective 'judicial temperament' when a judge is personally involved. A judge that involved isn't expected to set aside his feelings. He is expected to recuse himself for the case. Kavanaugh wasn't in a situation where he could do that. He wasn't the judge, he was the one being charged, making his anger more that appropriate. That critical distinction seems beyond the intellectual skills of that 2400.

But then again, why should we expect reasoned thinking from 2400 law professors who've already adopted a worse-that-lynch-mob mentality? Even at its worst, in a court setting Southern racism left open the possibility of a successful defense, since it required evidence and witnesses. In To Kill a Mockingbird that evidence was the ability to have inflicted the injuries. In other situations, an alibi for the date and time of the crime was sufficient. The vague charges against Kavanaugh allowed him no such defense. Not date meant no possibility of an alibi. I suspect that was planned and deliberate. And note too that there were no witnesses to back up the charges of one person, even though the alleged events imply multiple witnesses.

Pitiful. Those 2400 weren't acting as law professors. They were acting as a particularly vile lynch mob, one that would shame the feelings of an illiterate white sharecropper in 1920s Mississippi.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Oct 11, 2018 8:48:52 AM

So law students want Kavanaugh impeached based on a false allegation without evidence. I hope the DOJ and DAs are watching as these law students do not seem to know what due process is and why it is important.

Posted by: John Jamison | Oct 11, 2018 8:14:11 AM

Innocent until proven guilty no longer part of the reading? My daughter is about to enter law school so should I point this out to her so she won't be confused?

Posted by: Byron Rambo, EA | Oct 11, 2018 7:05:37 AM

Children will be children.

Posted by: Art | Oct 11, 2018 6:26:22 AM

Let them try that in the real world when judges not law professors make the rules of appearance.

Posted by: MIK | Oct 11, 2018 5:24:15 AM

Do you know what would make this strike more effective? How about burning copies of "To Kill a Mockingbird" as well as a the US Constitution and a few American Flags. THAT will show the racist homophobic cis-gendered white patriarchy that they mean business and will convince the moderates that they are serious and should be handed power. (/sarcasm)

Posted by: Philip Snyder | Oct 11, 2018 5:10:55 AM

Bring it on. A bunch of entitled whiners with vapid arguments does not strike fear into anyone's heart.

Posted by: David Longfellow | Oct 11, 2018 5:08:12 AM

Wow. What backbone. Skipping class without repercussion. Enabling by faculty. What a statement.

Posted by: Tom N. | Oct 10, 2018 2:50:40 PM

As someone who lived through the 60s, I can tell you, they're just making Trump stronger

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Oct 10, 2018 10:42:08 AM

They'd be better off getting their reading assignments done for the week.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Oct 10, 2018 9:52:53 AM