Yale law students protest Kavanaugh nomination

Elias Hubbard
September 24, 2018

Today, 115 YLS students bussed down to the U.S. Capitol, while dozens of others are occupying their school's halls in a sit-in to demand that the Senate committee conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the mounting sexual-assault allegations against Kavanaugh...

Students held a sit-in today at Yale Law School to protest the Kavanaugh nomination while some of their classmates traveled to Washington, D.C. for a similar protest. CT senator and Yale graduate Richard Blumenthal also made an appearance at the sit-in, where he told students, "There is no way that the US Senate, in good conscience, can vote on this nomination without a full investigation".

More than 30 professors canceled classes Monday. Ford said Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and covered her mouth when she screamed.

Both Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford are expected to testify about the allegations on Thursday. Ramirez acknowledged gaps in her memory because she had been drinking at the party.

The Chua story and Blasey's accusation against Kavanaugh has stoked outrage in the world of Ivy League law, as previously reported by HuffPost.

Yale Law School says it will look into the claims, which it says it had not previously heard.

Students protesting at Yale Law School. Yale Law School students and alumni have organized "sit ins" against Kavanaugh's nomination both on Yale's campus and in Washington, D.C. "Today is really about the larger national conversation, and how Yale Law School, as an elite legal institution, is involved and implicated in this conversation".

The same student said Chua suggested she send her photos of outfit options and said she should dress in an "outgoing" way for the interview with the judge.

Students spoke of Anita Hill, a Yale graduate who accused Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual misconduct in 1991.

Doug Kysar, deputy dean of Yale Law School, sparked criticism this week for telling students that he knew of Kozinski's behavior since 1998, which many students took as a reference to sexual harassment.

Additional emails obtained exclusively by Campus Reform show that as many as 20 Yale Law School faculty members canceled or rescheduled up to 31 classes on Monday because of the Kavanaugh hearing. "Students have worked with the Law School administration and faculty so that the community can come together as a whole to discuss this important moment in our country's history", Gerken wrote.

"As dean, I can not take a position on the nomination, but I am so proud of the work our community is doing to engage with these issues, and I stand with them in supporting the importance of fair process, the rule of law, and the integrity of the legal system", Gerken said. 'I advise them to read every opinion, including dissents, the judge has ever written as well as important recent cases from the circuit and Supreme Court'.

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