Two Federal Judges Refuse To Hire Yale Law Clerks

  • Judge Elizabeth Branch on Friday said she will join Judge James Ho, of the New Orleans-based Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, in not hiring clerks from Yale Law School.
  • According to Branch, who serves on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, the boycott is due to, “legitimate concerns about the lack of free speech on law school campuses, Yale in particular.”
  • “Like Judge Ho,” she said, “I am gravely concerned that the stifling of debate not only is antithetical to this country’s founding principles, but also stunts intellectual growth.”
  • “Accordingly, I accept Judge Ho’s invitation to join him in declining to consider students from Yale Law School for clerkships with me, with an exception for past and current students,” Branch said.
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