Stanford Tells Federalist Society Students To ‘Reach Out’ to Diversity Dean Who Encouraged Disruption of Their Event—and To Shut Up on Twitter

Tirien Steinbach was instrumental in derailing a talk given by a federal judge. According to the school, Tirien Steinbach helped derail a talk by a federal judge.

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Hours after Stanford University apologized Fifth Circuit appellate judge Kyle Duncan was criticized for interrupting his talk last week. However, law school administrators encouraged members from the Federalist Society chapter of the school, which sponsored Duncan’s visit to, to come to the school. “reach out” to the same administrators—including the diversity dean—who aided and abetted the melee.

The Stanford Federalist Society’s leaders received an email Saturday night was given by Jeanne Merino (acting associate dean of student), who sat silently when students interrupted Duncan’s talk. Merino pointed them towards Merino. “resources that you can use right now to support your safety and mental health”—and discouraged them from tweeting about the event “until this news cycle winds down.”

Merino pointed them to Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tirien Sterben, who then took Duncan’s podium to speak about the “harm” he’d caused—and whom Stanford condemned in its apology to Duncan, characterizing Steinbach’s intervention as “inappropriate.”

Merino, Holly Parrish, Associate Director of Student Affairs and Megan Brown, Student Relations Program Coordinator were also possible sources. “support.” The protesters attacked Duncan and made a mockery of their peers. They watched as the three of them sat silently.

Merino also discouraged the Federalist Society’s tweets about disruption “until this news cycle winds down,” It is important to note that “trolls are looking for a fight.” That warning came after Stanford endured a brutal 24 hours on social media, with numerous lawyers—including Duncan himself—Steinbach must be fired The protesters were sentenced.

Merino did no respond to a request to comment.

The email raises questions about the sincerity of Stanford’s apology, which was signed both by the university’s president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne—who is himself under fire for Falsifying data while working at Genentech, his previous employer—and the law school’s dean, Jenny Martinez.

The apologyDuncan received the following statement, two days after his failed talk. It stated that protesters had violated university policy. “staff members … should have enforced” Steinbach’s existence was acknowledged and acknowledged “intervened in inappropriate ways that are not aligned with the university’s commitment to free speech.”

Stanford stated that it was “taking steps to ensure that something like this does not happen again,” It didn’t commit to disciplining protesters or sanctioning staff members who helped them.

Following the apology was a A sour-toothed statement Martinez laments that the event “went awry.”

The student activists seem unchastened. They attacked Stanford for throwing “its capable and compassionate administrators” According to an email It was sent to the Stanford chapter’s mailing list. Board members from the chapter who organized the protest were highly praised. “every single person” Duncan was disrupted by the protesters, who described their conduct as “Stanford Law School at its best.”

The guild stands “in support of confronting judicial architects of systems of oppression with social consequences for their actions,” The group wrote that it would disrupt any other conservative speaker at Stanford.

“The law school cannot have a culture where LGBTQ+ students, especially queer and trans [people of color], ‘share a sense of belonging and respect’ if speakers like Judge Duncan are normalized on our campus,” This email was sent by the guild. “Stanford can accede to the Federalist Society’s interest in the outcome of this event (namely, that such generative protests not be allowed to happen again), or it can further its supposed commitment to belongingness. It cannot do both.”

The group—whose board of directors includes Nathan Tauger, David Cremins, Lily Bou, Mohit Mookim, Marin Callaway, Oona Cahill, Bella Cooper, Esau Ruiz, Kiran Chawla, Jacob Maddox, and Asher Morse—did not respond to a request for comment.

Merino implied in a Saturday email that some students had been threatened after Duncan’s talk. Merino encouraged Federalist Society members “who are not feeling safe” To contact the university director of “threat assessment,” Alejandro Martinez is part of Stanford’s police department.

Martinez “can read social media interactions and direct communications to assess whether the implied or actual threats are likely to become a reality,” Merino wrote. The Washington Free Beacon The Federalist Society has not been able determine whether any members were subject to physical threats.

Duncan, who is calling Steinbach’s firing, has also stated that members from the Federalist Society merit their own meaculpa. “I hope a similar apology is tendered to the persons in the Stanford law school community most harmed by the mob action: The members of the Federalist Society who graciously invited me to campus,” The judge spoke. National ReviewSaturday’s Ed Whelan “I look forward to learning what measures Stanford plans to take to restore a culture of intellectual freedom.”

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