High-profile instances of attempted censorship at prestigious U.S. law schools have placed the training grounds for the nation’s lawyers at the center of the campus free speech wars.

Earlier this month, at Yale Law School, a group of left-wing students repeatedly tried to shout down Kristen Waggoner of the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom, who was engaged in a panel discussion on freedom of speech issues with Monica Miller of the progressive atheist American Humanist Association.

The incident generated national headlines, with many decrying the student’s actions as unbecoming for aspiring lawyers who would make a living by confronting disagreements.

Concern about the behavior of the students made its way as far as the chambers of D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Laurence Silberman, who reportedly sent an email to the nation’s federal judges

In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Waggoner said the “bullying” and “aggressive” behavior of the students was “far below the professional standards of what you should expect in a law school and certainly future lawyers.”

“There’s no question that the manner in which, the timing in which, the place in which they did this causes great concerns about Yale being essentially run by a mob that will result in tyranny rather than producing critical thinkers and the hallmarks of an exceptional lawyer,” Waggoner said…. (Excerpt from The Washington Examiner)

 

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