Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was slated to teach a course on the Supreme Court at Harvard next spring, but he’s declined after a concerted effort on the part of alumni and current students to have his invitation rescinded.
The New York Post reports that “hundreds of alumni” penned a letter, joining a chorus of student detractors, begging Harvard’s administration to cancel what appears to be an annual lecture conducted by the current DC Circuit judge.
“We believe that Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment as an HLS lecturer sends a message to law students, and in particular female students, that powerful men are above the law, and that obstructive, inappropriate behavior will be rewarded,” says the published letter from alumni. “Judge Kavanaugh is not leadership material, and he is not lectureship material. HLS would be tarnished to have him on campus in any position of authority.”
Of course, Kavanaugh has not been proven to have engaged in any “inappropriate behavior,” but that seems to be beside the point. Brett Kavanaugh’s mere presence, the letter indicates, would be an affront to Harvard Law School’s student body.
Perhaps sensing he wasn’t wanted, Kavanaugh told the school his schedule simply doesn’t permit him to attend.