Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas backed away from teaching a seminar at George Washington University School of Law afterwards Calls for his dismissal As an assistant professor.
why does it matter: The protests came on the heels of the Supreme Court’s move to The heart of the Roe v. Wade caseas well as Thomas’s favorable opinion in the case, which called on the court to reconsider opinions protecting same-sex relationships, marriage equality and Access to contraceptives. It is unclear whether Thomas’ decision not to teach the seminar was related.
what are they saying: “Judge Thomas informed GW Law that he is not available to participate in teaching a seminar on constitutional law this fall. Students were immediately informed of Judge Thomas’ decision by his assistant instructor who will continue to deliver the seminar this fall,” George Washington University spokesperson Josh Grossman said in a statement.
- Grossman added that the university “has no additional information to share regarding the availability of Judge Thomas’ education.”
- The spokesperson would not comment on Thomas’ future at the foundation.
The Big Picture: After Ru’s verdict, some GW students started petition He urged the university to remove Thomas from teaching and to cancel his constitutional law seminar at the law school. As of Wednesday, more than 11,000 people had signed the petition.
- GW Stand by Thomaswrite in a letter[b]ec Because we steadfastly support strong exchange of ideas and deliberation, and because debate is an essential part of our university’s academic and educational mission to train future leaders ready to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, the University will not terminate the employment of Judges Thomas nor cancel his class in response to his legitimate views.”
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