Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said he was “particularly furious” that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would not be teaching his Supreme Court class at Harvard University next year, following allegations of sexual misconduct.
“I'm also particularly furious as a 50-year professor at Harvard Law School of successful efforts to ban him from teaching at Harvard Law School,” Dershowitz said Saturday morning in a Fox News interview. “That reminds me of the McCarthyism of the 1950s that I experienced when I was a student at Brooklyn College.”
“If you suspected somebody of having been a communist when he was in his 20s, that was enough, and that's what these students are saying,” said Dershowitz. “Suspicion is enough to deny him the ability to teach. He had superb teaching evaluations, the students loved him, and the idea that he can't any longer teach or maybe even coach his daughter in basketball, that's not who we are as a country.”
The comments come after it was announced this week that Kavanaugh, who has taught the course "The Supreme Court since 2005" for almost 10 years at Harvard, will not be teaching the course during Harvard’s January Term 2019.
“Today, Judge Kavanaugh indicated that he can no longer commit to teaching his course in January Term 2019, so the course will not be offered,” Catherine Claypoole, associate dean and dean for academic and faculty affairs, wrote in an email, noting it was sent “on behalf of the Law School’s Curriculum Committee.”
Hundreds of students at Harvard walked out of their classes in September to participate in a rally protesting Harvard’s silence at the time on Kavanaugh’s scheduled course and to show solidarity with the women who have accused Kavanaugh of misconduct.
Additionally, several Harvard Law School students — Molly Coleman, Vail Kohnert-Yount, Jake Meiseles, and Sejal Singh — wrote in the Harvard Law Record last month that Harvard could not permit Kavanaugh to teach unless a “full and fair” investigation was conducted.
However, Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow said earlier this week that he was under the impression Kavanaugh decided to opt-out of teaching the course.
“My understanding is that Kavanaugh decided not to teach this next January and that decision is year-to-year,” Bacow said, per the Harvard Crimson. “I don’t know more of how that decision was made.”
Kavanaugh has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and is expected to be confirmed by the Senate Saturday afternoon.