“The latest events at Yale Law School, in which students attempted to shout down speakers participating in a panel discussion on free speech, prompt me to suggest that students who are identified as those willing to disrupt any such panel discussion should be noted,” Judge Lawrence Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in an email to his fellow Article III judges, according to a tweet from Slate senior writer Mark Joseph Stern.
Silberman continued: “All federal judges—and all federal judges are presumably committed to free speech — should carefully consider whether any student so identified should be disqualified from potential clerkships.”
Stern went on to share various responses to Silberman’s email from Obama and H.W. Bush-backed judges.
“Thank you for your email. I couldn’t agree more,” Judge John Walker, a Reagan and H.W. Bush nominee on the 2nd Circuit, said in one reply. Another judge requested that respondents stop clicking “reply all” so as not to clog inboxes, according to Stern.
H.W.-backed nominee Judge Donald Graham said he does not “intend to get into the fact finding process” of determining a particular student’s protest activities, agregando, “I have enough trials in my District,” Stern tweeted.
En marzo 10, Yale Law School’s Federalist Society hosted a panel on civil liberties featuring Monica Miller, of the progressive American Humanist Association, and Kristen Waggoner, of the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), as The Washington Free Beacon initially reported. Sobre 120 student protesters showed up with signs attacking the ADF to shout down the speakers, with one law student reportedly recorded on audio telling a member of the conservative group that she would “literally fight” su, según el outlet.
The event’s moderator, Yale Law School Professor Kate Stith, had to pause the event due to the intensifying commotion. Stith can be heard in a video reminding attendees of the school’s free speech policies, which prohibit any protest that “interferes with speakers’ ability to be heard and of community members to listen.” Her comments were met with backlash from demonstrators.
Waggoner told the Free Beacon that she thought “[I]t was disturbing to witness law students whipped into a mindless frenzy.”