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Pushback: Because of Yale Law School’s enthusiasm for blacklisting, more than a dozen judges now refuse to hire its graduates

Yale Law School's instruction guide
Yale Law School’s instruction guide

Bring a gun to a knife fight: Following the public announcement by Judge James Ho of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that he would no longer hire Yale graduates as law clerks because of that school’s enthusiasm for blacklisting and censorship, it appears that a dozen other judges have joined his boycott as well.

“Students should be mindful that they will face diminished opportunities if they go to Yale,” said a prominent circuit court judge, whose clerks have gone on to nab Supreme Court clerkships. “I have no confidence that they’re being taught anything.”

With one exception, the judges made clear this is a policy they are imposing on future—not current—Yale Law School students.

Ho’s public speech was even more harsh.

“Yale presents itself as the best, most elite institution of legal education. Yet it’s the worst when it comes to legal cancellation.” The school “sets the tone for other law schools, and for the legal profession at large. I certainly reserve the right to add other schools in the future. But my sincere hope is that I won’t have to. My sincere hope is that, if nothing else, my colleagues and I will at least send the message that other schools should not follow in Yale’s footsteps.”

Ho’s message to law schools was clear: “If they want the closed and intolerant environment that Yale embraces today, that’s their call. But I want nothing to do with it.”

Nor is Ho exaggerating about Yale’s intolerant track record. In 2015 students demanded the firing of two administrators because each had defended the idea of free speech. In 2016 students demanded that Yale stop teaching English literature.

These events were only preliminaries to the complete takeover of the blacklist culture in 2021. In February 2021 students and professors at the college pushed a petition to revoke the degrees of all well known Republicans. That same spring law school administrators threatened two students with blackballing if they didn’t write false complaints against a teacher those administrators wanted to get rid of. Then, in October 2021 the school administration attacked a student for something he had written as well as his membership in The Federalist Society.

This was followed in March 2022 by a mob of more than 100 Yale law students attempting to shut down a panel on civil liberties, with the school’s administrator refusing to take any action.

The most distressing aspect of this ugly intolerance at Yale is that it is not unique or unusual. At almost every American campus today students and teachers know that if they dare express any conservative perspective, they risk blackballing, censorship, and even removal or expulsion. One need only do a quick scan of the full list of blacklist stories I have published since January 2020 to recognize this ugly truth.

The boycott by the judges of Yale however is a very good sign. Intolerance of free speech must be met by a greater intolerance of the oppressors. Since Yale wishes to embrace the teaching of blacklisting and censorship, it seems fitting that others decide to blacklist Yale graduates. Such students will have certainly been taught badly. There is thus no reason to hire them.

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  • Col Beausabre

    The crickets will begin chirping, “What do expect from a Conservative:?” (adding “appointed by Trump” if it apples.

  • “Students should be mindful that they will face diminished opportunities if they go to Yale, . . .”

    Perhaps the first time that sentence has been uttered about an Ivy; but long, long, overdue.

  • wayne

    Absurdistan The Music Video

    “……they should all be hung, rot in jail, or be forced & busy making compensation.”

  • James Street

    Good for Judge Ho for giving these snowflakes a knock in the head with reality.

    Judge Ho appears to be of Asian descent. Racial quotas work against Asian-Americans. If qualification for dental and medical schools were based only on standardized tests they’d be filled with Asian-Americans.

  • pzatchok

    The sad fact is he placed a qualifier in his statement, It only applies to future students bot not current students. So he does not really have to do anything about it for years to come.
    And then he could just forget all about it.

    He should have left that out and specifically stated all graduating law students from this year and into the future.

  • Jerry Greenwood

    There seems to be a trend emerging that does not bode well for the woke.

  • James Street

    Tonight Tucker Carlson interviewed Kanye West. I know little about West and hear he’s “crazy”, but as a Trump supporter he had some excellent original ideas. If you have 23 minutes to spare I found it interesting and enjoyable. At the 20 minute mark he makes a surprising statement that he’s met Jared Kushner and feels Kushner was just using Trump to make money and actually held Trump back in some of his policies. I don’t know much about Jared Kushner but I have heard these kinds of things before that I keep in the back of my mind.

    Kanye Obliterates EVERYONE (Including Jared and Josh Kushner) During Tucker Carlson Interview
    (23 minutes)

  • Cotour

    Kanye Wests estimated net worth?

    $1.3 BILLION.

    So, Kanye is kind of crazy. And fully recognizing that a persons estimated net worth does not indicate either their degree of crazy, good or bad it, does however indicate a level of accomplishment and some degree of competence in something.

    Kanye apparently sees through the media veil of desperation and manipulation to control the narrative that the public has projected on it.

    Kanye, like Trump, is different and different is exactly what America needs today.

    Because the Leftist status quo political narrative which is now radical that has been festering in America in particular for the last 50 or so years is going to destroy us all if not stopped out in the coming November midterm elections.

    November in my estimation will be MASSIVE. (And they know it)

    (And if that does not happen given the perversion in politics that we all are witness to then we will understand just how owned we as a people are. Its coming.)

  • sippin_bourbon

    “Poor people are crazy, Jack. I’m eccentric”

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