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Thomas Won’t Teach at GW in the Fall

July 28, 2022

Supreme Court associate justice Clarence Thomas will not be teaching law at George Washington University in the fall, as he’s done since 2011, Politico reported.

“Justice Thomas has informed me that he is unavailable to co-teach the seminar this fall,” Gregory Maggs, who has been Thomas’s co-instructor in the past, reportedly wrote in an email. “I know that this is disappointing. I am very sorry.”

Thomas’s role in the recent Supreme Court decision throwing out Roe v. Wade, and his suggestion that the court should revisit its ruling affirming the right to gay marriage, have angered many at GW.

More than 11,300 people signed a petition calling for Thomas to be removed from his teaching post at the university. But GW said it would keep Thomas as an instructor. “Debate is an essential part of our university’s academic and educational mission,” the university said in a statement at the time.

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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