Paul L. Caron

Thursday, April 20, 2023

Stanford BLSA Refuses To Help Recruit The Class Of 2026 Due To Administration's Response To Judge Duncan's FedSoc Event

ABA Journal, Stanford Law's Black Law Students Association Pulls Out of Recruiting Activities After Federalist Society Event:

Stanford Law (2022)Stanford Law School’s Black Law Students Association will not participate in formal recruiting events, following the school’s apology to Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New Orleans.

That includes official admit events for the law schools class of 2026, according to a letter posted on the group’s Instagram account. ... [Deans] Martinez and Tessier-Lavigne did not immediately respond to an ABA Journal interview request.

Letter From Stanford BLSA:

We, the Stanford Black Law Students Association, will no longer participate in formal recruitment efforts organized by Stanford Law School. We are deeply disappointed and frustrated with the administration’s handling of division within the law school community. BLSA is dedicated to supporting and guiding Black law students. However, presenting ourselves as aligned with the administration would be insincere and conflict with our organizational values. As a logical next step, we formally communicate our decision to boycott official admit events for the SLS Class of 2026.

Stanford’s administration has actively marginalized its Black community, most recently by scapegoating Dean Tirien Steinbach in an apology to Judge Duncan. The failure of the University to stand on its proclaimed values of diversity, equity, and inclusion is apparent and concerning to us. Dean Martinez and President Tessier-Lavigne’s statements continuously minimize Duncan’s behavior and the impact of his work. As a result, Dean Steinbach, the people for whom she advocated, and the law school’s DEI values were all abandoned. The apology was intimately aligned with White supremacist practices, leaving our members ashamed of the institution we were once excited to attend.

Aaron Sibarium (Washington Free Beacon), Stanford Law School's Black Students' Group Will No Longer Help Law School Recruit Minority Students in the Wake of Duncan Apology

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