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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Lewis & Clark faculty statement on free expression

Jeff Schmitt argues that speech norms should be different in law schools, given the style and manner of legal education in compelling students to engage with disagreeable ideas. Jeff's argument is similar to Heather Gerken's argument, last summer, explaining why we had seen fewer disruptions and counter-protests in law schools. That was before Josh Blackman at CUNY and the protest/disruption of Christina Sommers at Lewis & Clark.

Last month, the L&C law faculty issued a unanimous statement that "pluralism, professionalism, and First Amendment values are all essential to our mission, and we as a faculty reaffirm our commitment to each." Worth a read.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on May 2, 2018 at 08:49 PM in First Amendment, Howard Wasserman, Teaching Law | Permalink


Jeff Schmitt argues that the CUNY students prevented Blackman from speaking "for 8 minutes." This is not true as I explained in a recent blog post (linked here under my name). I've attempted to respond Schmitt on Faculty Lounge to explain this but my comments have been blocked there. Josh Blackman has commented on my blog post and did not contest my version of the events based on his video.

Posted by: Steve Diamond | May 6, 2018 6:25:09 PM

Great article , absolutely correct . I would add or emphasize also , the very fact , that many law experts or lawyers , may find themselves finally , crossing lines , once a lawyer , then a prosecutor and vice versa and etc…. As such , surly they need the utmost flexible intellectual capacity of course . So ,understanding the other or the opposite stance or arguments , is absolutely vital and fundamental , for their own personal career simply .


Posted by: El roam | May 3, 2018 6:59:44 AM

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