Following up on my previous posts:
ABA Journal: Conservative Student Says Law School Biases Infringe on His Right to Free Speech, by Austin Phelps (3L, Gonzaga):
As a third-year law student, I have the concerns that any other 3L has: getting my reading assignments done before class starts, completing internship work, passing the bar exam and finding gainful employment. In addition, when I don my “Make America Great Again” hat, I add the concerns of ostracization among my peers and castigation from professors—the very people I have come to professionally admire.
Having had Jeffrey Omari as a professor, I have known his political leanings for almost one year. As a student in his class, I was present wearing conservative apparel, including a MAGA hat, Trump-Pence 2020 T-shirt and several related stickers on my laptop. After reading his article, I understand why I was not called on with the frequency that left-leaning students enjoyed. The article further creates a feeling of unwelcomeness from Omari toward students of different mindsets. ...
Wearing a MAGA hat or any other conservative paraphernalia does not make me a white supremacist, anti-Semite, bigot or any other stereotype that may be misapplied. The purpose of wearing a MAGA hat is to identify as a supporter of Donald Trump and as a believer in conservative values.
Howard Wasserman (Florida International), MAGA Student Speaks:
[Phelps] also complains [being] called out for wearing a build-the-wall t-shirt to his "university-affiliated internship," which he attributes to Omari's op-ed, as well as being subject to a neutral (although never-before-enforced) rule banning t-shirts with slogans from that internship.
Yahoo! News, Law Student Defends Wearing MAGA Hat to Class After Professor Calls It a ‘Symbol of White Supremacy’:
Phelps went on to state that freedom of speech allows him to wear such apparel, and that it “allows me to tell Omari that he is wrong, and that his interpretation of a MAGA hat is nothing but a grotesque attack on the politics of a student." ... The third-year law student further claimed that he and fellow conservative students do not speak up for fear of placing a "target" on their backs in law school.