Given David Bernstein’s and my posts right here on this controversy, I believed I would cross alongside this assertion from varied UC Berkeley Legislation Faculty school members, which was launched late final week:
We hereby endorse the precept of free and open speech on the regulation faculty. This consists of the elemental precept that every one college students must be freely admitted to all scholar teams and in no way ought to any scholar be denied admission to any scholar group.
We’re extremely conscious of the intensive discrimination towards Jews in World and U.S historical past. Specifically, we notice that 2 of three Jews in Europe had been murdered through the Holocaust and that america has engaged in intensive discrimination of Jews throughout its historical past.
With this background, we additionally condemn the discriminatory bylaw adopted by a small minority of our regulation scholar teams refusing to simply accept audio system who’ve Zionist views or beliefs. We consider this rule shouldn’t be solely unsuitable however is antithetical to free speech and our group values. These bylaws would additionally impermissibly exclude a big majority of our school from taking part within the work of those organizations, together with our Dean.
Many Jews (together with a few of us signing under who’re Jewish) additionally expertise this assertion as antisemitism as a result of it denies the existence of the state of Israel, the historic residence of the Jewish folks. For a lot of Jews, Zionism is a core element of their identification and ethnic and ancestral heritage. As an academic establishment we hope that the coed teams which have now endorsed a “No Zionist audio system” pledge will have interaction in dialogue on these points.
Preliminary signatories are members of the Advisory Board of the Educational Engagement Community
Mark G. Yudof, Professor of Legislation Emeritus, U.C. Berkeley Faculty of Legislation
Steven Davidoff Solomon, Alexander F. and Might T. Morrison Professor of Legislation, College Advisor Jewish College students Affiliation at Berkeley Legislation
Malcolm Feeley, Claire Sanders Clements Professor Emeritus
Peter S. Menell, Koret Professor of Legislation
Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Legislation
Chris Hoofnagle, Educating Professor of Legislation
David Singh Grewal, Professor of Legislation
Mark Gergen, Robert and Joann Burch D.P. Professor of Tax Legislation and Coverage
Paul M. Schwartz, Jefferson E. Peyser Professor of Legislation
Kenneth A. Bamberger, The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Basis Professor of Legislation
Daniel Farber, Sho Sato Professor of Legislation
Elisabeth Semel, Chancellor’s Scientific Professor of Legislation
Richard Buxbaum, Jackson H. Ralston Professor of Worldwide Legislation
Frank Zimring, Simon Professor of Legislation
Christopher Edley, Jr. , Interim Dean, Berkeley Faculty of Training, Hon. William H. Orrick, Jr. Distinguished Professor and Dean Emeritus, Berkeley Legislation Faculty
Eric Stover, Adjunct Professor of Legislation
Melvin Eisenberg, Jesse H. Choper Professor of Legislation
Orin Kerr, William G. Simon Professor of Legislation
Robert P. Bartlett, I. Michael Heyman Professor of Legislation
Robert Cole, Professor of Legislation
Eric Biber, Edward C. Halbach Jr. Professor of Legislation
Calvin Morrill, Stefan A. Riesenfeld Professor of Legislation and Professor of Sociology
Eleanor Swift, Professor of Legislation,
Carolyn Patty Blum, Scientific Professor of Legislation
David B. Oppenheimer, Scientific Professor of Legislation
Lauren B. Edelman, Agnes Roddy Robb Professor of Legislation and Professor of Sociology
Daniel L. Rubinfeld, Robert L. Bridges Professor of Legislation
Catherine Crump, Robert Glushko Scientific Professor of Observe in Know-how Legislation
Harry N. Scheiber, Distinguished Professor of Legislation and Historical past
Jonathan S. Gould, Assistant Professor of Legislation
Simply to be clear, I ought to notice that this explicit controversy did not contain teams rejecting members primarily based on their beliefs, however relatively teams doing in order to audio system.