The Allegations in the New Lawsuit Against Yale Law School
[1.] I reviewed them again, and thought I’d post just the factual allegations (which start below at item 3). As I read them, I found myself comparing them to the tone of the alleged conduct by two of the same administrators (Cosgrove and Eldik) in their interaction with Yale law student Trent Colbert (from TrapHouseGate), so I thought I’d include them alongside; let me know whether you too see a common thread in the tone:
The associate dean [Cosgrove] and the “diversity and inclusiveness director” [Eldik] called the author of the e-mail in [that’s the “trap house” party invitation] to discuss the controversy …. [T]hey called him with a message labeling this a “deeply concerning and problematic incident.” And, to quote the liberal Northwestern professor Andrew Koppelman,
[Cosgrove and Eldik told Colbert] “The email’s association with FedSoc was very triggering for students that already feel like FedSoc belongs to political affiliations that are oppressive to certain communities through policies. … That of course obviously includes the LGBTQIA community and black communities and immigrant communities.” …
[When the student declined to apologize, they sent out an e-mail condemning the student’s invitation for supposedly “containing pejorative and racist language.”]
To quote Koppelman again,
Here mediation has ceased. The law school has taken it upon itself to declare who is right and who is wrong. Colbert was publicly branded as “racist” before his peers.
And, at a follow-up meeting, the director “says, ‘You’re a law student, and there’s a bar you have to take. So we think it’s really important to give you a 360 view.’ This is more menacing than anything that was said the previous day. It suggests that this episode might be brought up to the character and fitness inquiry of a bar admission.” So instead of teaching, we see “bullying” and “coerci[on]” (to again quote Koppelman).
[2.] You might also compare the allegations with the same two administrators’ alleged interaction with Yale law student and chapter Federalist Society president Zack Austin, as reported based on Austin’s account by David Lat:
[Right after meeting with Colbert], Cosgrove and Eldik met with Zack Austin, after sending him what Cosgrove later described as a “formal summons.” … [W]hy was Austin summoned to meet with YLS administrators? According to Austin, Eldik said something to him along the following lines when they met:
I think you as a cis/het white man decided to have some fun, and convinced a man of color with a backyard to send out an email announcing a costume party where it wouldn’t be frowned upon if people came in blackface to eat some fried chicken while dancing to trap music.
… As Austin explained yesterday:
No one who has taken a statutory interpretation class—even one at Yale Law School—could possibly believe in good faith that the email said anything remotely related to [a blackface party]. As I began to explain that to Yaseen, we were joined by Dean Cosgrove and … [Office of Student Affairs] administrator [Bush, who is] responsible for approving FedSoc’s budget. Especially because she was never in any meeting with Trent, her pressure came across as fiscal pressure on our organization to comply. Despite my repeated requests, OSA has not provided an alternative explanation for her presence.
Our heaps of documents—including Trent’s relatively unknown email prepared for the FedSoc listserv—refuted any allegations that we were planning a blackface party. Dean Cosgrove, Chloe, and Yaseen appeared to acknowledge as much. Nevertheless, they tried to pressure me into sending out a public apology that they had drafted for me. I was told that if I didn’t apologize, my reputation in the law school and in the broader legal community might never recover. I refused.
[3.] Now, to the allegations from the new lawsuit, which relates to DinnerPartyGate rather than TrapHouseGate; I extracted them from the Complaint, but removed the paragraph numbers and merged paragraphs together for readability:
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