Rightward drift at Harvard Law?
posted by Kaimipono D. Wenger
In a recent e-mail I got from a friend who attended Harvard Law in the late 90′s, he asserted that when he attended law school, there was one solitary publicly-declared Republican on the entire faculty. My friend wrote:
Fried was the only professor who was known to be a Republican. Stuntz and Bebchuck were widely believed to be in the closet: Stuntz was the faculty advisor for Christian Fellowship, but he avoided partisan issues to such a degree that I believed the only explanation was a fear of being outed; Bebchuk was known to occasionally attend social Federalist Society functions.
Mary Ann Glendon and the other “conservatives” were either independents or Democrats; Rosenberg’s a borderline anarchist-libertarian who doesn’t vote. Even the faculty advisor for the Federalist Society was a Democrat (Richard Parker, a majoritarian Democrat and an all-around great guy).
My friend’s views echo complaints I’ve heard elsewhere. Nevertheless, the complaint (at least in current form) seems to be dated. A quick glance at the current HLS faculty list shows a surge in relatively recent hires with public Republican connections (job in the administration, Scalia clerkship, or both), including Jack Goldsmith, John Manning, and Adrian Vermeule. (That may not be all, either, given rumors that an offer has been extended to Eugene Volokh.)
Is Harvard Law drifting to the right? Will the day come when Republican faculty at HLS can no longer be counted on one hand, and a second (or even third?) hand is required? And most importantly, what will become of David Horowitz and the rest of the agitprop manufacturers if they are deprived of their favorite whipping boy?