A Yale Law School professor who backed Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court is battling charges that she hosted “dinner parties” with students, despite COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, Just the News reported.
Amy Chua, best known for her best-selling book “Tiger Mother” about abusive Chinese-American parenting, refuted the allegations and accused the school’s administrators of “selectively leaking personnel files” in breach of Yale Law rules and “very likely” the law.
In a letter to Yale Law faculty on Thursday, April 8, Amy Chua stated that she was not seeking reinstatement to the position, which she had been reluctant to accept in the first place. Instead, she plans to hire an independent investigator to look at why specifics of sensitive deals she made with school administrators were allegedly leaked to the student news organization.
“There should be an investigation into how these breaches of confidentiality occurred, with serious punishment for anyone found to be responsible,” she wrote.
Since the law school building is closed, she has only visited with a few students “in deep pain” at her home in recent months. Chua has not been “hosting wild parties during COVID,” as she said in a tweet about the “hit job” by the Yale Daily News.
Chua also claimed in her letter that the Yale Daily News was misrepresenting a 2019 agreement she made with school administrators. Chua was banned from holding dinner parties or drinking with students in response to previous gatherings at her house and complaints about her and her husband’s behavior.
According to the News, Chua’s 2019 agreement with Yale Law’s Dean Heather Gerken detailed alumni claims that Chua “drank heavily” and “remarked improperly” on students’ appearance and personal lives at their house parties. Chua apologized for any encounters that could have offended students in a letter to students received by the newspaper, saying she can be “unguarded or unfiltered.”
Chua’s mandatory classes, including small groups, were taken away by Gerken for the 2020-2021 academic year, and he said they would only be restored when the school thinks “the kind of misconduct alleged would not occur.” According to the agreement, Chua agreed to pay an undisclosed but “substantial” financial penalty and withdraw from the clerkship committee.
“While we cannot comment on the existence of investigations or complaints, the Law School and the University thoroughly investigate complaints regarding violations of University rules and the University adjudicates them whenever it is appropriate to do so,” Gerken told the Yale Daily News in a statement that Chua singled out in her letter to faculty.
“Faculty misconduct has no place at Yale Law School. It violates our core commitments and undermines all the good that comes from an environment where faculty respect and support students,” she continued. “The Law School has a set of clearly articulated norms governing student-faculty interactions and is committed to enforcing them.”
Yale Law has received a lot of backlash. Megyn Kelly, a legal analyst, tweeted that the administration was “trying to cancel” Chua “for absolutely nothing,” and that “this is revenge for her support of Bret[t] Kavanaugh.” She said that Yale Law should stand up for “one of its most respected teachers” and tell the “damn whiners to sit down.”