Former law professor criticizes Stanford for canceling lecture by Trump-appointed judge

Former law professor criticizes Stanford for canceling lecture by Trump-appointed judge

Former Georgetown University law professor, Ilya Shapiro, has criticized Stanford Law School for giving in to a “woke mob” that disrupted a lecture given by Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Kyle Duncan, who was appointed by former US President Donald Trump.

Shapiro claimed that Stanford hindered free speech by shutting down the event on March 9, after student protesters and the school’s associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Tirien Steinbach, interrupted Duncan’s speech.

The judge was heckled and unable to finish his lecture before being escorted off campus by federal marshals.

Shapiro argued that the university officials were “spineless cowards” for failing to enforce their own rules, especially when they were violated by students or administrators.

Shapiro added that “people should be allowed to protest” but hecklers preventing events from taking place do not counter free speech; instead, they impose on others’ free speech. The former law professor called the whole incident “appalling” and called for Steinbach’s firing.

During the incident, Steinbach had gone on a verbal tirade against Duncan, making it clear that his presence on campus was not welcome. Although Steinbach talked about her commitment to free speech, she did not give the judge a chance to speak.

According to Stanford’s campus disruption policies, the university supports its students’ right to protest viewpoints they disagree with, as long as their protest does not “prevent or disrupt the effective carrying out of a University function.” Steinbach was criticized for not enforcing these policies.

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