Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, November 29, 2023

Fall Out From Antisemitism At NYU And UC-Berkeley Law Schools

New York Law Journal, 60% of 1,176 NYU Law Students Vote to Oust Ryna Workman From Student Bar:

Ryna Workman has officially been ousted from their position as president of the Student Bar Association at New York University School of Law amid controversy over comments made about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

A voting link was sent to 2,070 students and 1,176 votes were received with 707 students (60%) voting that Workman should not remain in office, according to an X (formerly Twitter) post showing an image of an email sent from Student Affairs. ...

On Oct. 10, Workman posted an emailed message, saying that Israel’s “regime of state-sanctioned violence created the conditions that made resistance necessary,” in Workman’s capacity as NYU Law SBA president.

Along with being ousted from the SBA, Winston & Strawn rescinded its job offer to Workman, who had previously worked for the firm as a summer associate.

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Bloomberg Law, UC Berkeley, Law School Sued Over ‘Unchecked’ Antisemitism:

Two Jewish groups sued the University of California at Berkeley and its law school over the “longstanding, unchecked spread of antisemitism” they say has escalated since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on Israel.

UC Berkeley and the law school have “failed to confront, much less combat, the antisemitic environment their inaction has fostered,” according to the complaint. It was filed Tuesday in federal court in San Francisco by the Louis D. Brandeis Center and Jewish Americans for Fairness in Education, or JAFE.

At the law school, at least 23 student organizations have enacted policies to “discriminate against and exclude Jewish students, faculty and scholars,” the groups said. They claim the university’s leaders have flouted UC rules and US law and “enabled the normalization of anti-Jewish hatred on campus.”

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