Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

State Supreme Court Justice Resigns From Adjunct Faculty After Kansas Law School's Handling Of Fed Soc Event With ADF Speaker

Kansas City Star, KS Supreme Court Justice Stegall Leaves KU, Cites Uproar Over Conservative Campus Speaker:

Kansas Federalist SocietyKansas Supreme Court Justice Caleb Stegall has said he will stop teaching at the University of Kansas in response to how the School of Law handled student blowback against a Federalist Society event on campus.

Stegall, the most conservative justice on the state’s seven-member high court, told KU School of Law Dean Stephen Mazza in a letter Friday that he wouldn’t renew his position as an adjunct faculty member. The six-page letter amounts to a strong rebuke of the school’s direction, with Stegall writing that at the school, principles of free and open dialogue “are not celebrated, cherished, or valued.” ...

The KU Law chapter of the Federalist Society, a conservative legal organization, announced this fall it would invite Jordan Lorence, director of strategic engagement for the Alliance Defending Freedom, to speak on campus. The Alliance Defending Freedom is a legal group that says it is focused on defending religious freedom. The organization has taken on cases seeking to block transgender athletes from competing in girls sports and supporting businesses that deny service to LGBTQ customers. ...

In an email to The Star, Mazza shared his response to Stegall, in which he thanked him for the letter. “I appreciate the topics you have raised, and you should know that your perspective is valued here,” Mazza wrote. “My colleagues and I appreciate your service to KU Law over the last several years. The students have thoroughly enjoyed your class.”

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