Yale has long had a reputation for being home to one of America’s premier law schools. However, a new report suggests that reputation has taken a hit.
According to The Washington Free Beacon, a federal judge recently announced that he will no longer hire clerks from Yale as he says the school lacks respect for the First Amendment.
Judge says Yale Law School “actively practices” suppression of free speech
The paper noted that Fifth Circuit Judge James Ho made the declaration last Thursday, and it cited an article published in National Review.
“Yale not only tolerates the cancellation of views — it actively practices it,” National Review quoted Ho as saying when he addressed the Kentucky Chapters Conference of the Federalist Society.
“Starting today, I will no longer hire law clerks from Yale Law School,” said Ho, who was nominated by former President Donald Trump. He added, “And I hope that other judges will join me as well.”
Ho’s address was titled, “Agreeing to Disagree — Restoring America by Resisting Cancel Culture,” and in it he singled out Yale for being “one particular law school where cancellations and disruptions seem to occur with special frequency.”
However, Ho acknowledged that the problem is far from being unique to Yale as “cancel culture now plagues a wide variety of institutions.”
“I would contend that cancel culture is one of the leading reasons why citizens no longer trust a wide variety of once-leading institutions,” he continued.
“It turns out that, when elite institutions make clear that people who think like you and me shouldn’t even exist, we return the favor.”
Other judges are also refusing to hire clerks from Yale
Ho is apparently not the only one who feels this way, as the Beacon reported that a dozen other federal judges have adopted a similar policy.
“Students should be mindful that they will face diminished opportunities if they go to Yale,” one unnamed circuit court judge told the paper. “I have no confidence that they’re being taught anything.”
The Beacon stated that a “spokeswoman for the law school did not respond to a request for comment.”