Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Two Students Sue Yale Law School For Retaliation In Amy Chua Case
- David Lat & Eugene Volokh (UCLA), More On The Two Yale Law School Controversies (Nov. 17, 2021)
- Washington Free Beacon & Josh Blackman (South Texas), Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken Admits Error, Stops Short Of Apologizing To Targeted Students; Law Prof Calls For Conservative Yale 1Ls To Transfer (Nov. 18, 2021)
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Yale Daily News, Two Students Sue Yale Law Administrators For Alleged Retaliation in Amy Chua Case:
Two unnamed Yale Law School students filed a complaint Monday against three Law School administrators and the University for allegedly “blackball[ing]” them from job opportunities after they refused to endorse a statement in the ongoing investigation against Law Professor Amy Chua.
The students, referred to as Jane and John Doe throughout the lawsuit, sued the University and Yale Law School Dean Heather Gerken, Law School Associate Dean Ellen Cosgrove and Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Yaseen Eldik on the grounds of breach of contract, intentional interference with prospective business relationships and defamation, among others. The complaint — a copy of which was obtained by the News — was filed in the United States District Court of Connecticut, and requests damages of at least $150,000.
“Two Yale Law School deans, along with Yale Law School’s Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, worked together in an attempt to blackball two students of color from job opportunities as retaliation for refusing to lie to support the University’s investigation into a professor of color,” the complaint reads.
University spokesperson Karen Peart wrote in an email to the News that “the lawsuit is legally and factually baseless, and the University will offer a vigorous defense.”
Eugene Volokh (UCLA), Yale Law DinnerPartyGate Makes It to Federal Court:
You can see the Complaint (alleging breach of contract, defamation, disclosure of private facts, and related torts) in Jane Doe & John Doe v. Heather Gerken, Ellen Cosgrove, Yaseen Eldik & Yale Univ., as well as the "dossier" in Exhibit A, as well as the motion to allow pseudonymity.
Washington Free Beacon, Yale Law Students Sue Administrators for Violation of Harassment Policies:
The Yale Law School administrators at the center of the "traphouse" incident are now the subject of an unrelated lawsuit alleging that they "worked together in an attempt to blackball two students of color from job opportunities as retaliation" for their refusal to make damning statements about a professor. The suit charges that their actions violated the university's harassment policies, which prohibit the administration from taking "any adverse action" against a person "who has reported a concern" or "participated in an investigation."
Glenn Reynolds (Tennessee), More Problems For Yale Law School
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- New York Times, Gripped By ‘Dinner Party-gate,’ Yale Law School Confronts A Venomous Divide
- New York Magazine, The Tiger Mom and the Hornet’s Nest
- The New Yorker, What Is Going On At Yale Law School?