Published: Сб, Сентября 22, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Yale prof reportedly told students Kavanaugh hires attractive clerks

Yale prof reportedly told students Kavanaugh hires attractive clerks

The Senate Judiciary Committee invited Ford and Kavanaugh to testify on Monday before the committee about accusations, but Ford has asked for the FBI to investigate in advance of any hearing. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh is now being accused of sexual assault during a high school party in the 1980s.

Yale Law School professor Amy Chua told law students that it was "not an accident" that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's female law clerks all "looked like models", The Guardian reported Thursday. She reportedly told female students that she could advise them on their physical appearance and how they dressed, in order to help give them a "model-like" look that she said would help boost their odds of working for Kavanaugh.

Even if Kavanaugh's hiring of women to prestigious clerkships is, in fact, driven by positive intentions, it is hardly a giveaway of liberal beliefs - especially weighing the tiny pool of women who could ever be mentored by a federal judge against the millions upon millions of women who would be threatened by Kavanaugh's retrogressive beliefs on reproductive rights.

Amy Chua, 55, author of the 2011 controversial parenting book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, publicly supported Trump's Supreme Court pick as a "mentor to women" in July. 'He did not say what the look was and I did not ask'.

"There is good reason so many of them have gone on to supreme court clerkships; he only hires those who are extraordinarily qualified".

According to, 48 Yale Law School faculty members (and this number may rise) have signed their names on an open letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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"In our view, the Judge has been one of the strongest advocates in the federal judiciary for women lawyers", the women wrote in the letter. The unnamed sources the paper spoke with described receiving advice from Chua and her husband, Jed Rubenfeld, also of Yale, about the "look" Kavanaugh favored. He has denied accuser Christine Blasey Ford's allegations.

Chua has reportedly canceled her classes at Yale this semester and been hospitalized for an undisclosed illness.

But there's no substantial evidence Kavanaugh hired law clerks due to their appearances, and one student who claimed to be advised in this manner told The Guardian that it's possible Chua and Rubenfeld were "making observations but not following edicts from him".

Meanwhile, Rubenfeld is presently the subject of an investigation at Yale over his conduct toward female students, The Guardian learned.

The student said they pointed out that Chua's own daughter is a clerk for Kavanaugh. Rubenfeld confirmed to newspaper that the university informed him it's conducting an "internal review" of allegations against him, but the school would not comment on the matter.

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