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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will not be ousted from his teaching job at George Washington University (GWU) School of Law, university officials confirmed in an email on Tuesday. campus scale.
The email followed a student-led movement to revoke Thomas’s job because of his concurring opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organizationwho knocked down Roe vs. Wade June 24.
Campus reform Correspondent Tahmineh Dehbozorgi, a law student at GWU, appeared on fox and friends Wednesday to discuss the undergraduate petition calling for Thomas’ removal and the subsequent email from the university.
The petition has garnered over 7,000 signatures at the time of this article’s publication.
The email was signed by Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Christopher Alan Bracey and GW Law Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew, who confirmed that GWU remains committed to respecting academic freedom and freedom of expression. .
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“Because we strongly support the exchange of sound ideas and deliberation, and because debate is an essential part of our university’s academic and educational mission to develop future leaders ready to solve the world’s most pressing problems. , the university will not terminate Judge Thomas’ employment or cancel his class in response to his legal opinions,” the administrators wrote.
Praising the university for its decision to back Thomas, GW College Republicans said Campus Reform:
“GW College Republicans Applauds University’s Announcement [Tuesday] and their commitment to diversity of thought. We deeply agree with the University’s view that it is not their role to protect students from ideas with which they might disagree. The free exchange of ideas is an integral part of our society and our education. We look forward to the University continuing to uphold its mission of academic freedom.”
In his concurring opinion, Thomas argued for a review of precedent set by substantive due process. The letter acknowledged Thomas as a “constant critic” of philosophy.
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“The views of Judge Thomas do not represent the views of George Washington University or its law school,” the administrators assured. However, “like all faculty members at our university, Judge Thomas enjoys academic freedom and freedom of expression and research.”
Thomas joined the faculty in 2011 and remains a lecturer in law. He is program to co-teach the graduate-level course “Constitutional Law Seminar: Leading Cases in Context” this fall semester.
Campus Reform has reached out to George Washington University, Provost and Executive Vice President Bracey, Dean Matthew and Justice Thomas for comment. This article will be updated accordingly.
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