Light & Verity


Dean Heather Gerken on free expression in the Law School.

Mark Ostow

Mark Ostow

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“There may be a reason why law students haven’t resorted to the extreme tactics we’ve seen on college campuses: their training. Law school conditions you to know the difference between righteousness and self-righteousness. That’s why lawyers know how to go to war without turning the other side into an enemy.”

—Heather Gerken, the new dean of Yale Law School, writing about free-speech controversies at universities in an essay in Time magazine titled “Campus Free Speech Is Not Up for Debate.”

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