Stanford Law Appoints Student Who Helped Organize Shoutdown of Federal Judge to Help Search for New Dean
“the co-president of Stanford OutLaw, the LGBT student group that led efforts in March to disrupt a Federalist Society event”
Students should not be rewarded for shouting people down. This is why this keeps happening.
NEW: Remember when students shouted down a federal judge at Stanford Law School? Stanford has tapped an organizer of that protest to serve on a search committee for the law school’s next dean.🧵https://t.co/oPhC0qPpxh
— Aaron Sibarium (@aaronsibarium) October 31, 2023
From the Washington Free Beacon:
Stanford Law School Taps Organizer of Shout-Down Protest To Help Find New Dean
Stanford Law School has tapped a student involved in the successful effort to shout down a federal judge to serve on a search committee for the law school’s next dean, raising questions about the school’s stated commitment to free speech.
The only student on the law school’s search committee, Matthew Coffin is the co-president of Stanford OutLaw, the LGBT student group that led efforts in March to disrupt a Federalist Society event featuring Fifth Circuit appellate judge Kyle Duncan. Along with nearly a dozen faculty members, Coffin will help identify candidates to replace former Stanford Law dean Jenny Martinez, who was named provost of the university in August.
It is not clear how Stanford chose the committee—the school did not respond to a request for comment—but its members were announced in an October 4 email to the school.
Students say Coffin’s appointment is a betrayal of the promise, made by Martinez in a 10-page memo about the Duncan brouhaha, that the law school would recommit itself to free expression. “It’s really disappointing and seemingly rewards the behavior that the law school rightly rebuked last year,” one Stanford Law student said. “It’s like the moment Dean Martinez got one foot out the door, Stanford stopped trying to hide its antipathy to the Federalist Society.”
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