Thursday, December 2, 2021
Mr. Lazarus (whose earlier and widely noted remarks on the "Trap House Affair" are here) kindly shared his recent assessment of developments since (including the lawsuit noted previously): Download 12.1.2021 Trap House update (003). An excerpt:
I write this update to assess several significant new developments. Of these, the most noted but not necessarily the most significant is Dean Heather Gerken’s Statement of November 17, her third formal pronouncement on the affair. While she broke new ground in publicly admitting serious errors that did not adequately “conform to our values,” she did not resolve the most critical issue, namely, whether she will remove the two Law School administrators who committed the egregious violations of due process and academic freedom acknowledged in the statement. Only with that further step will Dean Gerken’s mea culpas lead to meaningful change in the life of the Law School....
[On November 15], [t]wo Yale law students, an African-American female and a Korean-American male, filed in a Connecticut federal district court a complaint alleging that “Two Yale Law School deans, along with Yale Law School’s Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, worked together in an attempt to blackball two students of color from job opportunities as retaliation for refusing to lie to support the University’s investigation into a professor of color.” (The professor is Amy Chua, with whom Gerken and her staff had a longstanding and intense dispute over her approach to counseling students in her home.) This new allegation, and the supporting factual allegations detailed in the complaint, could suggest a pattern: the same administrators involved in the Trap House matter, Cosgrove and Eldik, deploying career-threatening pressure tactics similar to the threats caught on Trent Colbert’s I-phone, likewise to coerce students into signing statements that the students believed to be unjustified or outright false.