Two federal judges say they will boycott Stanford and will no longer hire clerks from the prestigious law school after video surfaced of students heckling and shouting down a federal judge who was giving a lecture on campus.
Fifth Circuit Judge Stuart Kyle Duncan says he was "heckled nonstop" when visiting Stanford in early March 2023, saying later that he felt it "was a setup." He claimed that the university's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Dean Tirien Steinbach "was working with students" to form the protest.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, circuit court Judges James Ho and Elizabeth Branch have said they will now boycott the school, saying they "will not hire any student who chooses to attend Stanford Law School in the future."
While Stanford's DEI dean is reportedly on leave, the school will not be disciplining the heckling students, despite some calling the federal judge "scum" and saying "We hope your daughters get r****."
"Rules aren't rules without consequences," Judge Ho said in a set of remarks, adding that "students who practice intolerance don't belong in the legal profession."
The boycotting judge called the event "intellectual terrorism" and argued that such actions reflect a "rampant" problem of viewpoint discrimination at elite law schools.
"How do we know everyone's views will be protected," Ho asked, "if everyone's views aren't represented?"
This is not the first boycott by the pair of judges, however. Judges Ho and Branch announced a boycott of Yale graduates in October 2022.
That boycott came in response to a March 2022 event where a crowd of over 100 Yale Law students disrupted a free speech panel.
One protester told an attendee that she would "literally fight you, b****," while others chanted "protect trans kids" and "shame, shame," disrupting nearby classes.
"Yale not only tolerates the cancellation of views — it actively practices it," Ho said at the time.
"Imagine that every judge who says they're opposed to discrimination at Yale and Stanford takes the same path," the judge said in his 2023 statement, referring to the boycotts.
"Imagine they decide that, until the discrimination stops, they will no longer hire from those schools in the future. How quickly do we think those schools would stop discriminating then?"
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