Paul L. Caron

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Students, Alumni Push Back Against George Washington's Refusal To Cancel Justice Thomas's Con Law Seminar

Following up on my previous posts:

Washington Post, GW Defends Thomas Appointment Amid Calls For Removal From Law School:

George Washington University rejected calls to remove Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas from its law school faculty by students and others frustrated over the judge’s vote to overturn Roe v. Wade and his urging to reconsider other landmark civil rights cases. ...

The school’s stance, however, has left many students unsatisfied, said Jon Kay, a rising junior who started a petition demanding Thomas’s termination. The petition amassed nearly 9,000 signatures, including from people not from GW, in less than a week, and organizers are considering other ways to pressure administrators into changing course. ...

Jordan Michel, a recent law school graduate and former president of the GW Law Student Bar Association, said he took Thomas’s constitutional law seminar last fall. ... Now he backs calls to remove Thomas from the faculty.

“There’s agreement among law students that having diverse perspectives is important,” said Michel, 36. “But when somebody who’s supposed to be educating us fails to subscribe to or uphold the ethical, legal, moral obligations that we are here trying to abide by, it becomes problematic for us.”

Some recent law school alumni are considering withholding donations while Thomas remains on the faculty, Michel added.

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