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 assisted in derailing a talk by a federal Judge. The school advises that the organizers of the talk contact her. “support.”

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Hours after Stanford University apologized Fifth Circuit appellate judge Kyle Duncan apologized for disrupting his talk last Wednesday. Administrators encouraged members of the Federalist Society Chapter, which sponsored Duncan’s visit, to continue to speak. “reach out” to the same administrators—including the diversity dean—who aided and abetted the melee.

Stanford Federalist Society leaders received an email Saturday night, from Jeanne Merino who was acting dean of students. Merino sat silently while students interrupted Duncan’s talk. Merino pointed them towards “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.”

Among the resources Merino pointed them to was associate dean of diversity, equity, and inclusion  Tirien Steinbach, who took the podium from Duncan to talk about the “harm” he’d caused—and whom Stanford condemned in its apology to Duncan, characterizing her intervention as “inappropriate.”

Merino also listed Holly Parish, Holly Parish’s associate director of student affairs, and Megan Brown, Megan Brown, as potential sources. “support.” The protestors admonished Duncan and made slurs at their peers for inviting him to join them.

Merino continued to discourage Federalist Society members from tweeting about disruptions “until this news cycle winds down,” That is why it is said “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–Stienbach should be fired Protesters were punished.

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 was acknowledged as having been there “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.”

They appear unchastened by the student activists. They lambasted Stanford for throwing “its capable and compassionate administrators” According to an email sent out to the all-student listserv at the law school, they were under the bus. The protest was organized by the Stanford chapter, National Lawyers Guild. Board members were praised for their efforts. “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 POC, ‘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’s Saturday email suggested that students received threats of physical harm after Duncan’s talk. Merino encouraged Federalist Society Members “who are not feeling safe” Contact the university’s director “threat assessment,” Alejandro Martinez, who works for the Stanford police department.

“He can read social media interactions and direct communications to assess whether the implied or actual threats are likely to become a reality,” She said. The Free Beacon is unable to determine whether members or not of the Federalist Society have been threatened with physical harm.

Duncan, who is calling to dismiss Steinbach, also stated that members of The Federalist Society deserved their own meaculpa from school.”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 to Ed Whelan of National Review on Saturday. “I look forward to learning what measures Stanford plans to take to restore a culture of intellectual freedom.”

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