From Akhil Amar, David Lat and Simon Lazarus on TrapHouseGate and the wider climate at Yale Law School


[1.] You can see Amar’s comments here, with the relevant part starting at approximately 58:30:

[2.] David Lat has a typically thoughtful analysis here, with many more details on the state of affairs at Yale Law School beyond what had been aired publicly. He also adds:

Professor Amar isn’t the only Democrat and left-aisle person who believes the YLS administration should apologize to Colbert for how he’s been treated. Simon Lazarus – Yale law class from 1967 and a pupil of the Carter administration, where he served as associate director of the White House domestic policy staff – also wrote an excellent and detailed analyses by Trap House-gate….

The Lazarus piece was emailed yesterday to the faculty of the YLS by Professor Bruce Ackerman, who is, along with Akhil Amar, one of Yale Law’s leading constitutional law scholars, as well as anyone’s idea of ​​a conservative. Not many faculty members have spoken publicly about recent events at the YLS, but those that have raised concerns about the general intellectual milieu, including Ackerman, Amar, Amy Chua, And Roberta Romano—They are some of the best known and most respected professors in the school.

[3.] Finally, the final paragraph from Lazarus, a eminent liberal advocate:

“Inflection point” is an overused cliché, but I think it applies to this situation. If YLS does not disavow the practices revealed by this incident, and thoughtfully reaffirms or adjusts the strongly free expression regime of the Vann Woodward Report, it will become a radically different institution from the one that gave me my best educational experience, in moral terms. as well as professional terms, and the wholly deserved stature among American and world law schools.

In baseball, I know, but we’re baseball insiders on a baseball blog.


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