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UC-Berkeley Law Prof: Don’t Hire My Anti-Semitic Law Students

UC-Berkeley Law Prof: Don’t Hire My Anti-Semitic Law Students

“It’s time for the adults to take over, and that includes law firms looking for graduates to hire.”

Steven Davidoff Solomon is trying to hold these students accountable. There is a lot of this going around right now and it’s encouraging.

He writes at the Wall Street Journal:

Don’t Hire My Anti-Semitic Law Students

I teach corporate law at the University of California, Berkeley, and I’m an adviser to the Jewish law students association. My students are largely engaged and well-prepared, and I regularly recommend them to legal employers.

But if you don’t want to hire people who advocate hate and practice discrimination, don’t hire some of my students. Anti-Semitic conduct is nothing new on university campuses, including here at Berkeley.

Last year, Berkeley’s Law Students for Justice in Palestine asked other student groups to adopt a bylaw that banned supporters of Israel from speaking at events. It excluded any speaker who “expressed and continued to hold views or host/sponsor/promote events in support of Zionism, the apartheid state of Israel, and the occupation of Palestine.” Nine student groups adopted the bylaw. Signers included the Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association, the Queer Caucus and the Women of Berkeley Law.

The bylaw caused an uproar. It was rightly criticized for creating “Jew-free” zones. Our dean—a diehard liberal—admirably condemned it but said free-speech principles tied his hands. The campus groups had the legal right to pick or exclude speakers based on their views. The bylaw remains, and 11 other groups subsequently adopted it.

You don’t need an advanced degree to see why this bylaw is wrong. For millennia, Jews have prayed, “next year in Jerusalem,” capturing how central the idea of a homeland is to Jewish identity. By excluding Jews from their homeland—after Jews have already endured thousands of years of persecution—these organizations are engaging in anti-Semitism and dehumanizing Jews. They didn’t include Jewish law students in the conversation when circulating the bylaw. They also singled out Jews for wanting what we all should have—a homeland and haven from persecution.

The student conduct at Berkeley is part of the broader attitude against Jews on university campuses that made last week’s massacre possible. It is shameful and has been tolerated for too long.

It’s time for the adults to take over, and that includes law firms looking for graduates to hire.


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Countdown until the hypocrisy bomb lands.

“How dare you cancel us like we canceled…wait…I mean…err…”

Bravo! It’s about time the adults in the room spoke up. Universities appear to be so greedy for tuition money that they are willing to accommodate any student demand. Although it’s good to know Berkeley has not totally abandoned free speech, allowing students to express themselves doesn’t preventing the administration from asserting their own values.

There is currently a dust up on twitter between Candace Owens and Megyn Kelly re Candace’s view that college students shouldn’t be black listed. I have to say I have no problem black listing LAW students who subvert the constitution by denying others freedom to speak.

    artichoke in reply to stacytracy. | October 20, 2023 at 11:25 am

    Thanks for making me look that up. Megyn Kelly took on the now unmasked Vivek Ramaswamy as well, good on her! The others say these poor misguided college students need education and persuasion. No thanks, just hire students who already know these things, rather than very slow learners.

Berzerkely has gone totally woke. In few years the law school will be teaching sharia law.

    artichoke in reply to smooth. | October 20, 2023 at 11:19 am

    I don’t think sharia is antisemitic, and someone better informed on sharia could correct me. What these antisemites are doing is unrelated to sharia, but perhaps a part of the Islamic agenda for world conquest — and they see Jews as a roadblock to that, perhaps the major one.