Judge Brett Kavanaugh will not teach a class at Harvard Law School in the upcoming winter, as he was expected to do, according to an email announcement from the university to its law students on Monday, October 1.
"We believe that Judge Kavanaugh's appointment as an HLS lecturer sends a message to law students, and in particular female students, that powerful men are above the law, and that obstructive, inappropriate behavior will be rewarded", the letter reads. Bustle has reached out to both Harvard Law School and the White House. "They likewise should disqualify him from any position of esteem, including lectureships at HLS". The news comes after repeated efforts to get a clear answer out of the law school; according to The Crimson, over the past week, the dean as well as the law school's spokespeople have refused to say anything about Kavanaugh's faculty status, citing confidentiality on "personnel matters". Kavanaugh has strongly rejected the allegations, giving fiery testimony during a Senate hearing last week.
Harvard must be relieved that he withdrew instead of them having to fire him, since reportedly over 800 Harvard Law graduates have signed a letter calling on the school to dump Kavanaugh.
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The federal appeals court judge had taught the three-week course, entitled "The Supreme Court since 2005" at what is one of the most distinguished law schools in the U.S., for around a decade.
Trump on Friday ordered a one-week probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) into the allegations against the judge.
Rebecca Zietlow did not sign the letter but she agrees with her fellow professors that Kavanaugh has displayed a lack of judicial temperament that renders him unqualified to serve on the court.