Law Students Protest Kavanaugh’s Nomination
Law school students are responding to the allegations of sexual assault against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Quartz reports that Yale Law students held a sit-in at the law school Monday in support of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when the two were in high school. Roughly 200 students, dressed in black, sat in the main hallway of Yale Law. Another 115 Yale Law students were in Washington D.C. protesting the university’s support of Kavanaugh’s nomination. Kavanaugh graduated Yale Law in 1990.
“We’re organizing both to oppose the hasty, biased, and incomplete investigation of the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations and to support and stand with Professor Christine Blasey Ford, Debbie Ramirez, and all people who have experienced sexual violence and sexual harassment,” YLS student Veronica Guerrero tells The Cut.
Harvard Law Students Walkout
Hundreds of Harvard Law students also protested Kavanaugh’s nomination by participating in a walkout Monday, the Metro reports.
The walkout was spurred by an op-ed in which four Harvard Law students pushed the university to reconsider bringing back Kavanaugh as a teacher at the law school. Kavanaugh is currently scheduled to teach a course on the Supreme Court in the winter 2019 semester. According to the Metro, Kavanaugh has been teaching courses at Harvard since 2008.
“Will Harvard Law School take seriously the credible allegation of Kavanaugh’s sexual assault against a young woman before he is allowed to continue teaching young women?” Harvard Law School students Molly Coleman, Vail Kohnert-Yount, Jake Meiseles and Sejal Singh wrote in the op-ed. “Or will Harvard allow him to teach students without further inquiry — and continue paying him our tuition money? In 2018, he earned $27,490 for 9 days of teaching.”
Harvard Law officials have yet to respond to the op-ed.
Singh, one of the authors of the op-ed, says there needs to be an investigation surrounding Kavanaugh’s allegations.
“I think at this point there is a clear consensus that Judge Kavanaugh cannot be confirmed if there’s not a thorough investigation of these allegations,” she tells the Metro. “And we’re going to do our best to add to the nationwide movement to make that happen.”
Sources: Quartz, The Cut, Metro, The Harvard Law Record