Tiger mom Amy Chua will lose her role as leader of a small group of 1Ls next year after the school learns that she continues to host students for dinner parties in her house, in violation of an agreement she made with the school in 2019 . That agreement, of course, was necessary when Yale Law School suspended Chua’s husband, Jed Rubenfeld, for two years after an internal investigation that revealed “a pattern of multiple student sexual harassment”.
As part of this investigation, Chua agreed not to teach required courses for the past year, face an unknown “substantial” financial penalty, and not play a role on the clerkship committee, where she has historically been a leader. The kind of role in which, I don’t know, she could make casual comments suggesting that Brett Kavanaugh hired employees for glaring reasons, while at the same time entrusting him with those same employees and hyping his career.
However, according to the Yale Daily News, she made one more concession in the agreement:
In addition, Chua agreed “on her own initiative” to stop drinking with her students and to contact them outside of class and office hours, the letter said.
I suspect the “on your own” point of view is supposed to suggest that this was a non-binding, unsubstantiated promise, because apparently Chua treated it that way.
On March 26, several law students met with law school administrators to discuss Chua’s appointment to head a small group. Students said at the meeting that Chua had continued to invite current law students to dinner parties at her and Rubenfeld’s home – although, according to Gerken’s letter in 2019, they had agreed to stop drinking and connect with students in all extracurricular settings.
After the meeting, a student submitted a written affidavit to law school administrators detailing allegations that Chua had taken law students into her household for dinner several times that semester, as well as communications between them and other law students who affirmed to have gone to Chua household. The messages have reviewed these notices and confirmed receipt by the law school administrators, who refused to comment on the notices or allegations, and referred the messages to Gerken’s statement.
For those contrarians out there who will inevitably argue that there should be no fault with professors socializing with their small groups, and that it’s all part of the mentoring relationship, this may well be true until students socialize at home Professors who were both punished to varying degrees for “a pattern of sexual harassment”. If you’re the type of person who longs for a time when professors could be more collegiate with students, you shouldn’t defend Chua and Rubenfeld, you should realize that that’s why we can’t have beautiful things.
A law school graduate recently told the News that she saw Chua and Rubenfeld “deliberately” thought about student appearances, personal relationships, and other issues during the dinner parties she attended at their home.
“After receiving this behavior, I personally know that it’s not always welcome and that it’s not all fun,” the youngest graduate wrote on the News. “They pretend to be provocateurs, but in fact they’re just bullies. But if you want Chua’s help – and she often announces how much she can help marginalized students – then you’re playing by her rules. “
Based on everything that has ever come out of Chua and Rubenfeld, none of this should come as a surprise. They are reportedly influencing New Haven to live permanently as runaway 3L queen bees. The Yale Daily News said they also received multiple emails from students supporting Chua, but this is exactly what running a Mean Girls clique is all about: There will always be a ton of Gretchens. Chua became famous for writing a book about “Treating Parenthood as a Social Experiment to Increase My Own Ego”. How should a settlement agreement curb that? That was all doomed from the start. The only thing that can stop these two is literally removing them from the situation.
Short term suspensions and side agreements will never get the job done.
Law professor Amy Chua loses a small group on party allegations and wrongdoing [Yale Daily News]
Earlier: Professor Jed Rubenfeld of Yale Law School suspended after sexual harassment investigation
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