Why does Yale Law School think that John Yoo is someone worth listening to?
With no apologies to the execrable John LeBoutillier, this from my alma mater is really an outrage.
Join fellow Yale Law School Association of Southern California alumni and guests
TUESDAY, MARCH 17th
6:30 — 8:00 pm
For a conversation about Presidential Power with
Berkeley Law School Professor
John Yoo ‘92
Wine and Cheese will be served.
Unlike some, I reject the idea that Berkeley should move to strip Yoo of tenure, at least until he is convicted or (more likely) found guilty of serious ethical violations: it’s not the job of a university to investigate its professors. But it is disgusting to treat with respect someone who is intellectually dishonest and decided that the creation of an American monarchy with, let us say, tortured readings of Article II constitutes public service.
And it is even worse that Yale Law School should decide that he is someone to be listened to.
There’s a decent chance that the central law school alumni affairs office did not make this decision and might not even have known about it, but it represents a serious lapse in judgment on someone’s part. And if you’re using the law school’s name, it might be best to take care not to invite a potential war criminal to speak to you about law.
Author: Jonathan Zasloff
Jonathan Zasloff teaches Torts, Land Use, Environmental Law, Comparative Urban Planning Law, Legal History, and Public Policy Clinic - Land Use, the Environment and Local Government. He grew up and still lives in the San Fernando Valley, about which he remains immensely proud (to the mystification of his friends and colleagues). After graduating from Yale Law School, and while clerking for a federal appeals court judge in Boston, he decided to return to Los Angeles shortly after the January 1994 Northridge earthquake, reasoning that he would gladly risk tremors in order to avoid the average New England wind chill temperature of negative 55 degrees.
Professor Zasloff has a keen interest in world politics; he holds a PhD in the history of American foreign policy from Harvard and an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University. Much of his recent work concerns the influence of lawyers and legalism in US external relations, and has published articles on these subjects in the New York University Law Review and the Yale Law Journal. More generally, his recent interests focus on the response of public institutions to social problems, and the role of ideology in framing policy responses.
Professor Zasloff has long been active in state and local politics and policy. He recently co-authored an article discussing the relationship of Proposition 13 (California's landmark tax limitation initiative) and school finance reform, and served for several years as a senior policy advisor to the Speaker of California Assembly. His practice background reflects these interests: for two years, he represented welfare recipients attempting to obtain child care benefits and microbusinesses in low income areas. He then practiced for two more years at one of Los Angeles' leading public interest environmental and land use firms, challenging poorly planned development and working to expand the network of the city's urban park system. He currently serves as a member of the boards of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy (a state agency charged with purchasing and protecting open space), the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (the leading legal service firm for low-income clients in east Los Angeles), and Friends of Israel's Environment. Professor Zasloff's other major activity consists in explaining the Triangle Offense to his very patient wife, Kathy.
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