Harvard Law School

Brett Kavanaugh was, until recently, a visiting lecturer at the Harvard Law School. But now it’s unclear whether or not he will be welcome back in the classroom.

In an email sent to law students on Friday obtained by HuffPost, Harvard Law School dean John F. Manning said that any accusations against the Supreme Court nominee will be taken “seriously,” and that the school will “conduct necessary inquiries, complete our process, and then act.” However, Manning said because the university does not publicly discuss ongoing personnel matters, Harvard Law School was remaining mum on Kavanaugh’s future as a visiting lecturer.

“A number of you have written to me to express concerns about Judge Kavanaugh’s teaching in the Winter Term 2019,” Manning wrote. “Though the course is not scheduled to meet for several months, I understand and respect the urgency you have for an answer now.”

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Letter from Harvard Law School dean John F. Manning to students (screenshot obtained by HuffPost)

Kavanaugh’s popularity is rapidly declining in the latest opinion polls, but his popularity is especially low on the campus where he sometimes teaches law. The Harvard Crimson — the official student newspaper of Harvard University — wrote that students watching Kavanaugh’s Thursday afternoon testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee cheered when Kavanaugh angrily said in his opening statement that he may never be able to teach again.

The Crimson also revealed that some students had previously sent letters to Harvard Law School administrators asking the school to suspend Kavanaugh’s Winter Term 2019 course. Second-year law student Sejal Singh told the Crimson’s Jamie D. Halper and Aidan F. Ryan that he was disappointed in Harvard Law School faculty for not following the example of Yale faculty in sending a letter to the Judiciary Committee calling for an investigation into the multiple sexual assault accusations against the Supreme Court nominee.

“My understanding is that the letter from Yale Law professors calling for a real, full, fair investigation was entered into the record today,” Singh told the Crimson. “And I really wish there had been a similar letter from our professors here at HLS.”

The FBI is now conducting a week-long investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct brought against Judge Kavanaugh after President Trump gave the green light Friday afternoon. Investigators will likely speak with those involved in the alleged assaults on Christine Blasey Ford and Julie Swetnick, as well as witnesses to alleged misconduct toward Deborah Ramirez at a dorm room party at Yale University.


Nick Jewell is a freelance political writer, and a proud resident of Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Email him at nickjewell@yahoo.com. 

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