A federal appeals court judge appointed by former President Donald Trump has said he will no longer hire clerks from Yale Law School, which he says is plagued by ‘cancel culture‘ and students disrupting conservative speakers.
‘Yale presents itself as the best, most elite institution of legal education,’ US Circuit Judge James Ho said in remarks given to the Federalist Society on Thursday. ‘Yet it’s the worst when it comes to legal cancellation.’
Ho said Yale ‘sets the tone for other law schools, and for the legal profession at large,’ but it has set a poor example in recent years due to its ‘closed and intolerant environment.’
‘I want nothing to do with it,’ Ho concluded during a speech at a Federalist Society conference in Kentucky on Thursday, where he said Yale ‘not only tolerates the cancellation of views – it actively practices it.’
Ho has urged his fellow judges to likewise boycott the Ivy League institution which has been the scene for several controversies over an allegedly ‘woke’ culture among students and faculty leading to several flashpoints in this year alone.
Among the events he cited was one in March in which Kristen Waggoner, now the president of the conservative religious rights group Alliance Defending Freedom, was disrupted by students supporting the LGBTQ community during a talk, which police attended.
Waggoner previously had defended a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding in a case before the Supreme Court.
She gave a statement after the judge’s comments, saying: ‘Yale still hasn’t condemned the behavior of its law students last semester, so no one should be surprised when a federal judge notices.’
US Circuit Judge James Ho gave a speech at a Federalist Society conference in Kentucky, where he said Yale ‘not only tolerates the cancellation of views – it actively practices it’
Among the events he cited was one in March in which Kristen Waggoner, now the president of the conservative religious rights group Alliance Defending Freedom, was disrupted by students supporting the LGBTQ community during a talk, which police attended
The havoc caused by the nearly 120 demonstrators appeared to clearly violate the university’s free speech policy and when they were reminded by moderator Kate Stith, she was met with chants and raised middle fingers, to which she replied: ‘Grow up.’
The students hit back, arguing that their disturbance was execution of ‘free speech’ and continued to scream at the panelists.
Police were forced to escort the guest speakers from Yale Law School’s free speech debate after more than 100 students intimidated the conservative panelist by yelling obscenities, including one person who shouted ‘I will literally fight you, b***h.’
Heather Gerken, Dean Yale Law School, insisted that the students hadn’t actually violated the college’s rules.
Judge Ho himself has previously railed against the woke culture at Yale, having defended Ilya Shapiro after students at Georgetown University’s law school urged that he be ousted from a new faculty position.
Shapiro caused outrage when he wrote tweets questioning President Joe Biden’s pledge to nominate a Black woman to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ho has urged his fellow judges to likewise boycott the Ivy League institution, which produced several Supreme Court Justices
The judge has previously railed against the woke culture at Yale, having defended Ilya Shapiro after students at Georgetown University’s law school urged that he be ousted from a new faculty position
A prominent conservative legal scholar, Shapiro was suspended but later cleared to become the executive director of Georgetown Law’s Center for the Constitution.
He eventually quit, however, saying the school’s handling of the matter made working there ‘untenable.’
Ho said, ‘At Yale, ‘cancellations and disruptions seem to occur with special frequency.’
Senior US Circuit Judge Laurence Silberman had in March called on judges to think twice about bringing on Yale students who disrupted Waggoner’s event
Senior US Circuit Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, an appointee of former Republican President Ronald Reagan, had in March called on judges to think twice about bringing on Yale students who disrupted Waggoner’s event.
Ho said that event was just one example. U.S. Circuit Judge William Pryor of the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was also ‘disrupted by loud angry law students in the classroom’ at Yale a few years ago.
That incident, Ho said, was because as Alabama’s Republican attorney general, Pryor backed Texas’ defense of the anti-sodomy law struck down in 2003 in the landmark Supreme Court gay rights case Lawrence v. Texas.
Ho, according to NPR, is an outspoken opponent of abortion rights and a staunch advocate for gun rights, causing the public broadcaster to refer to him as potentially ‘President Trump’s most enduring legacy.’
Wokeness at Yale: Controversies over free speech at the Ivy League institution
Yale Law School is one of the most prestigious law schools in the country, having produced some of the nation’s most prominent leaders, including Presidents Bill Clinton and Gerald Ford, at least five current US senators and four current Supreme Court Justices.
But the school has dealt with multiple controversies, culminating in the comments of Judges Ho and Silberman.
In May, students were seen posting messages online encouraging others to accost their more conservative classmates through ‘unrelenting daily confrontation’.
In them, a number of liberal law students took aim at their conservative peers – in particular, members of the law school’s Federalist Society.
‘The members of YLS [Federalist Society] are conspirators in the Christo-fascist political takeover we all seem to be posting frantically about,’ first-year law student Shyamala Ramakrishna said in an Instagram posting.
‘So why are they still coming to our parties/laughing in the library/roaming these weirdly high school-esque halls with precious few social consequences and without unrelenting daily confrontation?’
In March of this year, Yale Law students were filmed threatening two guest speakers and staff at a free speech event where a conservative guest successfully defended a Supreme Court decision of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding ceremony.
Back in October 2021, a Native American law student at Yale said he was being pressured into apologizing by a former Obama aide turned diversity tsar for sending a party invite that described the location as a ‘trap house.’
The September 15 invite was deemed ‘triggering’ by Yale’s director of diversity and inclusion Yaseen Eldik, who previously worked in the Obama administration’s White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership.