Media Watchdog Group Holds Stanford Law School Accountable After Students, Associate Dean Heckle Conservative Judge

By Virginia Allen Published on April 10, 2023

Judge Kyle Duncan, a conservative on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arrived on the Stanford Law School campus on March 9. He was there to deliver remarks to students at an event hosted by the campus Federalist Society group, but Duncan never had the opportunity to deliver his talk.

Upon entering the lecture call, students began heckling Duncan, preventing him from speaking. Finally Tirien Steinbach, associate dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion at Stanford Law, stood up and took the podium. For about six minutes, she spoke to the students and to Duncan.

“For many people in this law school … your advocacy, your opinions from the bench land as absolute disenfranchisement of their rights,” Steinbach said.

When Duncan tried to respond, Steinbach told the judge, “Please let me finish.” Multiple students began shouting, “Let her finish” as they pounded their desks.

Duncan stood by and allowed Steinbach to complete her lecture. Now, the media watchdog group Accuracy in Media is calling on Stanford Law to dismiss Steinbach.

“These crybullies throw metaphorical punches all day long and they never have to take one in return, and that’s where we step in,” Adam Guillette, president of Accuracy in Media, says.

Accuracy in Media has a mobile billboard on the Stanford campus naming the students who heckled Duncan and calling for Steinbach’s termination.

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The law school did issue an apology and has placed Steinbach on paid leave, but has stopped short of terminating her.

“These people, who think they know it all and seek to lecture federal judges, don’t even apply the basic level of common sense which makes sense because they don’t apply the basic level of civility,” Guillette says.

Guillette joins The Daily Signal Podcast today to explain how Accuracy in Media is advocating that Steinbach be fired. He also explains how his organization has gone undercover in public schools to expose how classrooms teach diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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