Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Yale cancels classes to accommodate student protest of Kavanaugh nomination

Yale cancels classes to accommodate student protest of Kavanaugh nomination

On Monday morning, Yale Law School's main hallway was lined with students wearing black and sitting in silence.

More than 30 professors canceled classes Monday.

Fifty Yale faculty members have signed a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging the Senate to conduct "a fair and deliberate confirmation process".

Flake specifically said he would not be comfortable voting yes on Kavanaugh without hearing from Ford. Ramirez acknowledged gaps in her memory because she had been drinking at the party.

Kavanaugh has denied both allegations, calling Ramirez's accusation - which was revealed Sunday in The New Yorker - "a smear, plan and simple".

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) joined the students in New Haven and, later, in Washington.

One former student whose account was published last week in the Guardian said that Chua had advised her to dress in an "outgoing" way.

Students protesting at Yale Law School.

"It effectively encourages students to participate in the protests and penalizes those who choose not to by disrupting the class schedule".

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Three of those senators - Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - voted for Trump's first nominee to the Supreme Court Neil Gorsuch.

One student who was advised by the couple says, "I have no reason to believe [Kavanaugh] was saying, 'Send me the pretty ones, ' but rather that he was reporting back and saying, 'I really like so and so, ' and the way he described them led them to form certain conclusions".

The students still haven't heard from Harvard Law School officials regarding the op-ed, and officials did not respond to a request for comment from Metro. "You do not forget someone choking you, you do not forget someone putting their hand over their mouth and you thinking they're going to die", she said, her voice quaking. A lawyer for his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, said that Ford was ready to testify about her experience, but wanted to negotiate the terms of her testimony.

The students who wrote the op-ed say that continuing to employ Kavanaugh after sexual assault allegations have surfaced against him shows a blatant disregard for female students.

The students who penned the op-ed are members of the Harvard Law School Pipeline Parity Project, which works to end harassment and discrimination in the legal field. "We demand that the Senate not repeat this same shameful mistake again". Supreme Court nominee and Yale Law graduate Brett Kavanaugh, including one while he was a Yale student.

Her statement continued, "Students have worked with the Law School administration and faculty so that the community can come together as a whole to discuss this important moment in our country's history".

"As dean, I can not take a position on the nomination, but I am so proud of the work our community is doing to engage with these issues, and I stand with them in supporting the importance of fair process, the rule of law, and the integrity of the legal system".

It was a reference to Kavanaugh's role as a so-called "feeder" judge, whose clerks often go on to win highly coveted clerkships at the USA supreme court.

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