An Ivy League law school’s coddling of progressive students is verging on contempt for the law.
According to a memo obtained by the website Powerline, Columbia Law School is letting some students reschedule examinations if they were “sufficiently impaired” from studying by two recent grand jury decisions.
While that’s pathetic enough – lawyers who get the vapors from negative jury decisions should probably be in a different line of work – the rationale is worse.
The grand juries’ determinations to return non-indictments in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases have shaken the faith of some in the integrity of the grand jury system and in the law more generally. For some law students, particularly, though not only, students of color, this chain of events is all the more profound as it threatens to undermine a sense that the law is a fundamental pillar of society designed to protect fairness, due process and equality.
According to Powerline post, under the headline “Not a parody,” the memo is from interim dean Robert Scott
The memo includes other steps Columbia is taking for its fragile charges – having a “trauma specialist” on campus to help students sort out their feelings; establishing special faculty office hours to do the same.
Harmless enough, really. But Powerline sees something more insidious at work.
In addition, the students in question presumably want the law school to take their side on what they take to be a political question. In other words, this is, in part, a power play.
So, the dean of one of America’s most prestigious law schools is tacitly accepting that his students’ “faith in the integrity of the grand jury system” established by the country’s founders is so weak it can be undermined by decisions they disagree with.
Catering to potential lawyers’ belief that the law is no longer a “fundamental pillar of society” is more than stupid.
Surrendering to a “power play” based on the politicized rantings of race-baiting MSNBC hosts is downright dangerous.
H/T: The Blaze
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