Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Inside Higher Ed: Free Speech Concerns Prompt Calls To Shun Yale Law Grads


Inside Higher Ed, Free Speech Concerns Prompt Calls to Shun Yale Law Grads:

Yale Law Logo (2020)Recent issues at Yale Law School are back in the spotlight after a conservative judge called on his peers to abstain from hiring Yale Law graduates as clerks because of free speech concerns.

Judge James Ho, a Trump administration appointee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, urged the boycott last month when addressing a Federalist Society event in Kentucky. He argued that Yale Law students haven’t faced consequences for shutting down a speaker last year, meaning “Yale not only tolerates the cancellation of views—it practices it.”

Now other judges are slowly signing on to Ho’s boycott, an effort that has landed at the same time Yale Law announced new student disciplinary policies and efforts to protect free speech. ...

As Ho’s remarks gained traction online, the legal community responded with both praise and criticism. ...

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