A 1930s Nazi youth rally, little different than
today’s pro-Hamas demonstrations
Bring a gun to a knife fight: In a letter [pdf] sent out on November 1, 2023 to all the major law schools in the country, more than three dozen law firms made it very clear they will not hire students from those schools if action wasn’t taken against the rise of anti-Semitism on those college campuses.
Rather than summarize, I think it worthwhile to let the letter speak for itself:
Over the last several weeks, we have been alarmed at reports of anti-Semitic harassment,
vandalism and assaults on college campuses, including rallies calling for the death of Jews and the elimination of the State of Israel. Such anti-Semitic activities would not be tolerated at any of our firms. We also would not tolerate outside groups engaging in acts of harassment and threats of violence, as has also been occurring on many of your campuses.
As educators at institutions of higher learning, it is imperative that you provide your students with the tools and guidance to engage in the free exchange of ideas, even on emotionally charged issues, in a manner that affirms the values we all hold dear and rejects unreservedly that which is antithetical to those values. There is no room for anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, racism or any other form of violence, hatred or bigotry on your campuses, in our workplaces or our communities.
As employers who recruit from each of your law schools, we look to you to ensure your students who hope to join our firms after graduation are prepared to be an active part of workplace communities that have zero tolerance policies for any form of discrimination or harassment, much less the kind that has been taking place on some law school campuses.
Since the letter was made public the number of law firms that have signed on has grown to 42, with that number very likely to grow more until it includes every respectable law firm in the U.S.
According to a Bloomberg report, the letter went to more than 100 law schools, including Yale, Harvard, Columbia, the University of Virginia, Georgetown, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, the University of Michigan, New York University and Stanford.
The additional decision by major donors to stop writing checks has forced at least two universities, Columbia and Pennsylvania, to announce they are forming task forces to address the issue. Both plans, when looked at closely, appear to mostly be Potemkin village public relations announcements that will accomplish little. Neither said anything about closing down each school’s race-based ethnic studies programs, their “diversity, equity, and inclusion” programs (here and here), or the pro-Palestinian student organizations where most of this bigotry has germinated.
Most of the other law schools that received the letter have made no response, even as protests, threats, and violence against Jews on their campuses continues. It is clear that these academic institutions really have no stomach for fighting this bigotry, because that bigotry is now so ingrained deeply within their bodily structure that excising it is almost impossible.
Unless something changes radically soon at these schools, the only real solution is to forego them entirely. Donors have to find other places to donate. Law students have to find law schools to attend that unequivocally oppose bigotry not just in word but in deed.