14 Federal Judges Will Not Hire Yale Law Grads – Report

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14 Federal Judges Will Not Hire Yale Law Grads – Report; Other Law Students May Also Be Denied Admission to the Bar

Federal Judges Would No Longer Hire Clerks From Yale Law

WASHINGTON D.C (March 31, 2023) – According to an article entitled This Law Professor Took on Nixon and Trump. Now He’s Facing Off Against Stanford Law School Students, “The permissiveness prompted a heated debate about how best to discipline law schools that won’t discipline their own students.

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And led 14 federal judges, including James Ho and Elizabeth Branch, to announce that they would no longer hire clerks from Yale Law." The law professor is public interest law professor John Banzhaf of the George Washington University Law School.

The permissiveness refers in part to "the Stanford Law School students who shouted down Fifth Circuit appellate judge Kyle Duncan" recently: "The drama roiling Palo Alto, Calif., reflects a wider trend at the nation’s top law schools—including Yale, where hundreds of students disrupted a bipartisan panel on free speech last year. Those protesters, like the Stanford hecklers, were not punished for their role in the disruption."

The article also notes that some students from Stanford Law School may face challenges when they apply for admission to the bar: "John Banzhaf says he plans to file a bar complaint against the students who disrupted Fifth Circuit judge Kyle Duncan." He's not the only one:

"Such statements have made Banzhaf the strange bedfellow of Senator Ted Cruz (R., Texas), who this month urged the Texas bar to 'take particular care' with graduates of Stanford Law School.


The horseshoe suggests that outrage about Duncan’s treatment crosses partisan divides—and offers a blueprint to fill the disciplinary void left by other elite law schools, which have refused to punish violations of their free speech policies." It also notes that:

"The California bar requires applicants to demonstrate 'respect for the rights of others and for the judicial process.' That means the students who disrupted Duncan—in part by telling him 'we hope your daughters get raped - could be in for a rude awakening if Banzhaf makes good on his threat...

The complaints needn’t derail anyone’s career in order to be effective: Even the threat of an investigation—or a delayed and stressful bar application - could deter would-be disruptors, sending the message that actions have consequences."

"Though the California state bar is among the most progressive in the nation, its committee of bar examiners, who handle character and fitness issues, is older and relatively more conservative, Banzhaf said.

It also includes at least one judge, with most members appointed by the California Supreme Court—factors that could make it less well-disposed to Duncan’s hecklers. Judges in particular should be outraged that a fellow judge received this kind of treatment," Banzhaf said. 'My guess is that the California bar will take this seriously.'"