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Yale Law Students Leah Fessler Melisa Olgun call for ostracizing conservative classmates


Students at the prestigious Yale Law School have been posting messages online encouraging others to accost their more conservative classmates through ‘unrelenting daily confrontation’. 

Many students have been making their feelings known following the leak draft opinion from the Supreme Court on overturning Roe v. Wade which would make abortion illegal in more than half the states across the nation.

Several of the Instagram posts – now private – calling for partisan conflict with classmates were shared with the Washington Free Beacon and subsequently posted to Twitter.

In them, a number of liberal law students took aim at their conservative peers – in particular, members of the law school’s Federalist Society.

‘The members of YLS [Federalist Society] are conspirators in the Christo-fascist political takeover we all seem to be posting frantically about,’ first-year law student Shyamala Ramakrishna said in an Instagram posting. 

‘So why are they still coming to our parties/laughing in the library/roaming these weirdly high school-esque halls with precious few social consequences and without unrelenting daily confrontation?’ 

Students at the prestigious Yale Law School have been posting messages online encouraging others to accost their more conservative classmates through ‘unrelenting daily confrontation’.

First-year law student, Leah Fessler is planning to be interning for federal Judge Lewis Liman this summer

First-year law student, Leah Fessler is planning to be interning for federal Judge Lewis Liman this summer

Yale student Melisa Olgun made her comments known in an Instagram posting

Yale student Melisa Olgun made her comments known in an Instagram posting

"Neither the constitution nor the courts¿nor the f***ing illusion of ¿democracy¿¿are going to save us," first-year student Melisa Olgun, pictured, posted

‘Neither the constitution nor the courts—nor the f***ing illusion of ‘democracy’—are going to save us,’ first-year student Melisa Olgun, pictured, posted

'The members of YLS [Federalist Society] are conspirators in the Christo-fascist political takeover we all seem to be posting frantically about,' first-year law student Shyamala Ramakrishna, pictured, said in an Instagram posting

‘The members of YLS [Federalist Society] are conspirators in the Christo-fascist political takeover we all seem to be posting frantically about,’ first-year law student Shyamala Ramakrishna, pictured, said in an Instagram posting

 Another first-year law student, Leah Fessler, who is planning on interning for federal Judge Lewis Liman this summer, wrote: ‘Democratic Institutions won’t save us. If you’re not ready to hold accountable the people and groups who at this very school produced the men who just took away women’s bodily autonomy, miss me with the commentary.’

‘Democratic institutions won’t save us,’ she added. ‘It’s not time for “reform.”‘

They were sentiments echoed by first-year law student Melisa Olgun: ‘Neither the Constitution nor the courts — nor the f***ing illusion of ‘democracy’ — are going to save us. How can we possibly expect a document, drafted by wealthy, white, landowning men, to protect those who face marginalization that is the direct result oof the very actions of the founders?’ she wrote. 

‘How can you uphold the validity of an entire legal discipline that is dedicated to upholding and honoring the intentions of the founders — who intentionally did not bother to codify rights for anyone other than themselves.’

When asked for comment, the students did not provide any further explanation for their views, only that the postings had been ‘leaked’ from ‘private social media’ posts.

Olgun wrote how 'liberal' legal discipline will continue to bend over backwards to uphold the decorum, norms, and the sanctity of an institution that serves only those who benefit from originalism.'

Olgun wrote how ‘liberal’ legal discipline will continue to bend over backwards to uphold the decorum, norms, and the sanctity of an institution that serves only those who benefit from originalism.’

'It's not time for 'reform' Leah Fessler wrote on Instagram. 'Democratic Institutions won't save us.'

‘It’s not time for ‘reform’ Leah Fessler wrote on Instagram. ‘Democratic Institutions won’t save us.’

Pro-choice Yale students are seen protesting on May 3 to news that the Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade.

Pro-choice Yale students are seen protesting on May 3 to news that the Supreme Court may overturn Roe v. Wade.

Yale Law School, established in 1824, is the top-ranked law school in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report

Yale Law School, established in 1824, is the top-ranked law school in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report

'I don't have an official U.S. Government position on where people protest,' Psaki said during a briefing to reporters this week when asked about the White House's opinion on ongoing protests outside Supreme Court justices' homes

‘I don’t have an official U.S. Government position on where people protest,’ Psaki said during a briefing to reporters this week when asked about the White House’s opinion on ongoing protests outside Supreme Court justices’ homes

Protesters were seen demonstrating outside the home of various Supreme Court Justices

Protesters were seen demonstrating outside the home of various Supreme Court Justices

The students push to make conservatives feel uncomfortable for their views is similar to statements made by outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who last week refused to condemn pro-choice protesters who gathered outside the homes of conservative Supreme Court justices.

Despite it being it is illegal to picket a judge’s home ‘with the intent of influencing’ a case, hundreds were outside the home of Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Samuel Alito and Justice Brett Kavanaugh, raising concerns about their safety. 

‘I don’t have an official U.S. Government position on where people protest,’ Psaki said when questioned if the Biden administration approved of such demonstrations. 

‘We certainly continue to encourage [peaceful protests] outside of judges’ homes,’ Psaki added.

Last week’s largely peaceful protests have drawn Republican criticism, with many citing the privacy concerns of court members – but activists have responded by pointing to years of often violent protests outside abortion clinics and at the homes of doctors providing the medical procedure.   

At Yale Law School, it is not the first time that conservative viewpoints have been sidelined. 

More than 100 students intimated a conservative panelist during Yale Law School's free speech debate last Thursday

More than 100 students intimated a conservative panelist during Yale Law School’s free speech debate last Thursday

In March of this year, Yale Law students were filmed threatening two guest speakers and staff at a free speech event where a conservative guest successfully defended a Supreme Court decision of a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding ceremony. 

Police were forced to escort the guest speakers from Yale Law School’s free speech debate after more than 100 students intimidated the conservative panelist by yelling obscenities, including one person who shouted ‘I will literally fight you, b***h.’ 

The chaos broke out at the start of a panel featuring progressive Monica Miller from the American Humanist Association and Kristen Waggoner, a conservative Christian of the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) nonprofit. 

The purpose of the panel was to illustrate that a liberal atheist and a conservative Christian could find common ground on free speech issues, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Both took the same side in a 2021 case involving legal remedies for First Amendment violations that was presented to the Supreme Court, but protesters were outraged by the ADF’s successful Supreme Court defense of a Colorado baker who refused to make a gay wedding cake.  

Miller was harangued ahead of the event by students who claimed her very presence at the event was ‘harming the flourishing of queer lives.’

The panel featured progressive Monica Miller (pictured) and conservative Christian Kristen Waggoner, both of whom took the same side in a 2021 case involving legal remedies for First Amendment violations that was presented to the Supreme Court

The group began rioting when the moderator introduced Waggoner (pictured)

The panel featured progressive Monica Miller (left) and conservative Christian Kristen Waggoner (right), both of whom took the same side in a 2021 case involving legal remedies for First Amendment violations that was presented to the Supreme Court

When law school professor Kate Stith introduced Waggoner, the protestors stood up and displayed signs attacking the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom, for which Waggoner works. 

Video of the incident, which was also obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, shows the students screaming profanities at Waggoner, including one who threatened they would ‘literally fight you, b***h.’   

The protesters berated the speaker, chanting ‘protect trans kids’ and ‘shame, shame’ throughout the law school building after police officers escorted her and Miller out of the building.

Waggoner expressed horror at the students’ behavior, alleging ‘the future of the legal profession in America is in dire straits.’ 

‘It was disturbing to witness law students whipped into a mindless frenzy. I did not feel it was safe to get out of the room without security,’ she told the newspaper. 

‘Yale Law students are our future attorneys, judges, legislators, and corporate executives. We must change course and restore a culture of free speech and civil discourse at Yale and other law schools, or the future of the legal profession in America is in dire straits.’ 

Miller, who characterized Waggoner’s nonprofit as a ‘hate group,’ echoed her debate opponent’s remarks, claiming the disruption was an ‘ominous sign’ for the legal profession. 

‘As lawyers, we have to put aside our differences and talk to opposing counsel,’ she told the Free Beacon. ‘If you can’t talk to your opponents, you can’t be an effective advocate.’ 

A member of the Federalist Society, which hosted the panel, said they selected Waggoner and Miller to demonstrate how a conservative Christian and a liberal atheist could were able to find common ground on issues of free speech.

‘It was pretty much the most innocuous thing you could talk about,’ he alleged.

However, the nearly 120 demonstrators still managed to cause havoc amid the event, violating the university’s free speech policies which prohibit any protest that ‘interferes with speakers’ ability to be heard and of community members to listen.’

The students screamed profanities at Waggoner, including one who threatened they would 'literally fight you, b***h'

The students screamed profanities at Waggoner, including one who threatened they would ‘literally fight you, b***h’

The leak of the draft opinion has ignited fury over the potential rollback of abortion rights ahead of November’s key midterm elections, when control of both congressional chambers are at stake.

Democrats have pushed to codify abortion rights into federal law, a bid to pin down Republicans on the deeply divisive issue ahead of the crucial polls.

The House-passed Women’s Health Protection Act would assure health care professionals have the right to provide abortions and that patients have the right to receive them.

But Republicans and one Democrat in the US Senate tanked the effort to advance the measure earlier this week.

The legislative result does not square with American opinion at large: a new Politico/Morning Consult poll has 53 percent of voters saying Roe should not be overturned, up three percentage points since last week, while 58 percent said it was important to vote for a candidate who supports abortion access.

Republican-controlled states already have taken steps to restrict abortion rights in recent months, and overturning Roe v. Wade would grant them far greater latitude to restrict or ban the procedure.

Police in Washington D.C., still on edge after the US Capitol was attacked by a mob of then-president Donald Trump’s supporters in January 2021, have set up temporary fencing around the Supreme Court.

The leaked opinion is also spawning renewed calls by Democrats and progressives to add justices to the nation’s highest court, fueled by the possibility that they will not stop with Roe v. Wade and could overturn other landmark decisions.



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