By Ed Stannard
New Haven Register, Conn.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination split the law school community as soon as he was nominated July 9, when the school issued a press release in which faculty praised the judge.
A new controversy related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh rose up at Yale Law School Friday, with signs in the school’s courtyard calling the school a “model of complicity” in the accusations that Kavanaugh may have assaulted a woman when they were in high school.
A story in The Guardian newspaper of London on Thursday claimed that law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld, who are married, would advise female students applying for clerkships with Kavanaugh to have a “certain look” during their interviews.
It went on to say that Chua would tell students it was “‘not an accident’ that Kavanaugh’s female law clerks all ‘looked like models.'”
Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals judge for the District of Columbia Circuit, graduated from Yale in 1987 and received his Yale law degree in 1990. He has been accused of sexually assaulting Christine Blasey Ford, now a professor at Palo Alto University, when they were in high school.
A sign posted next to Kavanaugh’s portrait in the law school says, “We believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford #MeToo.”
Another quotes professor Ahkil Reed Amar as saying that nominating Kavanaugh “is the one most sane, most sober, most classy thing that the administration has done.”
Chua, who gained national notoriety in 2011 with her book, “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” advocating a super-strict parenting style, fell ill shortly after the fall semester began and reportedly was hospitalized. She has been known as a mentor for potential Kavanaugh law clerks and one of her two daughters is set to clerk for him if he is not confirmed as a Supreme Court justice.