PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA: Students at Stanford University have demanded that a woke inclusiveness dean be fired for scolding a conservative judge at a recent law school event. The college, however, refused to ask him to leave. In an opinion piece published in their newspaper, the students insisted that Tirien Steinbach be fired because she did not deserve to be dean of the university. They also said “anti-speech fanatics” should be expelled.
Steinbach hosted the ‘COVID, Guns and Twitter’ event at Stanford Law’s Federalist Society last week, Daily Mail reported. Donald Trump-appointed judge Kyle Duncan was a speaker at the event. The event, which quickly turned into a smear campaign, saw the DEI dean berate the bailiff in a six-minute speech over his unfavorable views on same-sex marriage, as well as rights trans and reproductive.
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Who is Tirien Steinbach?
Steinbach served as a lawyer, clinical supervisor, program director, and then executive director of the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) for 17 years. Here, she founded the country’s first reintegration clinic, named “Clean Slate Clinic”.
“Tirien served for two years as Programs Manager at the ACLU of Northern California. In this capacity, she provided support and guidance to the four programmatic departments: Legal and Policy, Communications, Organizing and Advocacy, and Policy. of California (Statewide Legislation) Tirien also conducts courses and training on increasing mindfulness and cultural responsiveness in the law and legal profession. In 2017, she launched the Coalition for Equity and Inclusion in the Law (CCEIL), a regional cohort of Bay Area legal and policy organizations dedicated to advancing greater cultural equity, inclusion and diversity in the sector,” reads his biography on the Stanford Law School website.
“Tirien earned her bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz and her law degree from Berkeley Law School (1999), where she served as president of the Berkeley Law Foundation and vice president of African Descent Law Students. She has been recognized for her social justice work, receiving both Equal Justice Works and Berkeley Law Foundation Fellowships, the inaugural Thelton E. Henderson Award for Social Justice, the 2015 Berkeley Law Young Alumna Award, and the 2017 Alameda County Woman Lawyer of Distinction Award,” he added. “Tirien is a lifelong East Bay Area resident who enjoys cooking, crafting, and spending time with her family, and she will always cherish the memory of the night she got to dance on stage with Prince.”
What did Tirien Steinbach say?
Rallyed, the students wrote a scathing article. The article, published in “The Stanford Review”, titled “Fire Tirien Steinbach”, was written by Stanford students Josia Joner, Thomas Adamo and Walker Stewart.
They wrote, recalling the chaos, “At the center of the debacle was not the group of unruly law students, but Tirien Steinbach.” They added: “After constant heckling, Judge Duncan asked for an administrator, hoping to calm the unruly crowd. However, Dean Steinbach came up to the podium with a notebook and prepared remarks, ready to criticize as well. Duncan.”Your work has caused harm…and I know that must be uncomfortable to hear,” she told him.This time, when Judge Duncan tried to intervene, the students shouted, “Let’s go.” -finish it!” and Steinbach finished his speech with ease.”
“Steinbach stated her supposed commitment to free speech: ‘I and a lot of people in this administration absolutely believe in free speech’ (note how she said a lot of people and not all, maybe to be a Freudian slip), “We believe that it is We believe that the way to approach speech that seems hateful, that feels harmful, that literally denies people’s humanity – that one way to do it is with more talk and not less. And don’t shut yourself down or censor yourself,'” the writer said.
Standford’s apology to Kyle Duncan
Apparently @StanfordLaw wants Judge Duncan to forget and move on
This ‘apology’ letter does not say how students or staff will be punished
It also doesn’t say what Stanford will do to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
It makes Stanford law degrees worth less pic.twitter.com/f0kn5e0jZv
— Philip Holloway: Airplane: (@PhilHollowayEsq) March 12, 2023
Standford later apologized to the judge on Steinbach’s behalf. However, he did not mention the Dean by name. “We are writing to apologize for the disruption to your recent speech at Stanford Law School,” the statement read. “As previously communicated to our community, what happened was not in accordance with our policies on free speech. We are truly sorry for the experience you had during your visit to our campus.” Duncan reportedly acknowledged and accepted the apology.
“The university’s apology will be meaningless unless concrete action is taken to rid the administration of anti-speech zealots,” reads the students’ article. “Stanford says they are ‘taking steps to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again’. If Stanford cares about free speech, it should fire any administrator who actively encourages these unruly actions against it. Someone who is so eager, at the behest of an unruly mob, to end free speech, which Stanford itself considers “a fundamental principle for the law school, the university and a society democratic”, has no place as the dean of Stanford. She helped create chaos with her email before the event, delivered prepared remarks interrupting her speech, took the limelight for herself and has shown no remorse since.”
“The attack was intimately personal”
Duncan later said in an interview with Rod Dreher, “It’s one of the best law schools in the world. The students are the crème de la crème. The future judges, senators, presidents and industry leaders. And yet here is a crowd of the best and the brightest, yelling at a federal judge who has been invited to campus, and thus demonstrating that they have not the faintest understanding of the basic concept of legal discourse: you must answer to reason by reason. principle of operation is this: if I don’t like what you say or think, I’ll shut you up,” according to Substack.
Judge Kyle Duncan said ‘the attack was intimately personal and, frankly, disgusting’ (The Federalist Society)
“Unless these students undergo a radical change in their overall approach to arguments and disagreements, they are not fit to be members of a bar,” he said, adding, “The attack was intimately personal and, frankly, disgusting. If I talked to a dog the way these students talked to me, I would be ashamed.” He said the whole “sorry episode” was like the “therapy session from hell”.
“Stanford’s Law Creates an Environment of Victims”
Many lambasted Steinbach on social media, with one user saying on Twitter, “Appalling. Obviously they only invited him to speak to heckle and embarrass him. But they are embarrassing themselves. ” “It’s appalling and makes me sick to think these law students are going to judge and rule the courtrooms,” one user said, while another wrote, “I’d rather be in a room listening an electrician talking about fixing a blown fuse on these students and educators.” “Stanford and most other colleges are lost causes,” one user said.
Contemptible. It is obvious that they only invited him to talk to heckle and embarrass him. But they embarrass themselves.
— David Shafer (@DavidShafer) March 10, 2023
It’s appalling and it makes me sick to think that these law students are going to be judging and running the courtrooms.
— Linda Randall (@llr200) March 11, 2023
I would rather be in a room listening to an electrician talking about fixing a blown fuse on these students and educators.
— aMaoriCan (@AotearoaAz) March 11, 2023
Stanford and most other colleges are lost causes.
— 🇺🇸Brett🇺🇸 (@PatrioTrumpet) March 11, 2023
“We are doomed. “Ethics”? Let’s start with – “A particular system of principles and rules concerning moral obligations and respect for the rights of others, whether true or false”. Regardless of the topic, their classes are ALL ideology! They invited him to an exhibition not a conference,” wrote one user, while another said, “A law school that teaches that law is not objective, that justice is not blind. You have to wonder what things look like when these subjective people take over.” “How shameful. They are clearly proving they don’t believe in free speech or debate. They believe in censorship. This dean of the DEI is an example of what the DEI is, a system of ideological discrimination, censorship and racial and sexual discrimination. She gave the lecture he was invited to give. I don’t know her point of view, but universities are places where ideas must be debated,” writes Another said: “Looks like Stanford’s law creates an environment of victims. Pathetic.”
We are doomed. “Ethics”? Let’s start with – “A particular system of principles and rules concerning moral obligations and respect for the rights of others, whether true or false”. Whatever the subject, their courses are ALL ideological! They invited him for an exhibition and not a conference.
— Jack Terrier (@JackInTully) March 11, 2023
A school of law that teaches that the law is not in fact objective, that justice is not blind. You have to wonder what things look like when these subjective people take over.
— Moronius, The Elder 🇺🇲⚓️ Veteran ⚓️🇺🇲 (@MoroniusE) March 12, 2023
What a shame. They clearly prove that they do not believe in freedom of speech or debate. They believe in censorship. This dean of the DEI is an example of what the DEI is, a system of ideological discrimination, censorship and racial and sexual discrimination. She gave the lecture he was invited to… https://t.co/BtUMtpJhiT
— Marisol Quintanilla, Ph.D. (@Nemasoil) March 12, 2023
Looks like Stanford’s law creates an environment of victims. Pathetic.
— Matt Sipes (@msipes) March 11, 2023
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