13 Federal Judges Won’t Hire From Columbia

(HorizonPost.com) – Thirteen federal judges on Monday informed Columbia University President Minouche Shafik that they would no longer hire law clerks from Columbia in response to the school’s inaction in the face of violence and property destruction from pro-Hamas protesters.

In a May 6 letter, led by federal appeals court judges Elizabeth Branch and James Ho and US Court of Federal Claims Judge Matthew Solomson, the judges said they had “lost confidence in Columbia as an institution of higher education” and concluded that the university had “disqualified itself from educating the future leaders of our country.”

As a result, the judges said they would no longer hire law school students or undergraduates from Columbia “beginning with the entering class of 2024.”

The letter was also signed by District Judge Alan Albright, who hears 25 percent of the country’s patent cases, Stephen Vadan of the US Court of International Trade, and US District Court Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk of the Northern District of Texas.

The other judges who signed the letter were all appointed by Donald Trump.

Describing Columbia as “an incubator of bigotry,” the judges told President Shafik that Columbia was applying “double standards” to “free speech and student misconduct” and noted that freedom of speech did not protect against trespassing, violence, or threats of terrorism and violence.

The judges also called out the “ideological homogeneity” at Columbia which they said had destroyed the school’s “ability to train future leaders of a pluralistic and intellectually diverse country.” They suggested that if Columbia had faced a similar circumstance posed by “religious conservatives” upset about abortion, they had “no doubt that the university’s response would have been profoundly different.”

The letter closed by noting that the late Supreme Court Justice William Brennan refused to hire clerks who graduated from Harvard Law School because he did not like that some of the faculty criticized the Supreme Court. The judges added that the objective of their boycott of Columbia was “not to hamper academic freedom, but to restore it.”

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