A full recording has emerged of students at Stanford University law school disrupting a talk by Judge Kyle Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
The audio recording was reproduced by David Lat for the legal blog Original Jurisdiction. On the recording, the students interrupt and clap (for fellow students) throughout the talk. Duncan was a target because he has a history of anti-LGBT activism.
From the day of the talk last week, many have criticized the students as suppressing the free exchange of ideas.
One of the groups that encouraged the protest has now spoken out. The Stanford chapter of the National Lawyers Guild said, “This protest represented Stanford Law School at its best: as a place of care for vulnerable people, and a place to challenge oppression and bigotry in all their forms, including on the federal bench. NLG’s strong moral commitment to providing support to political activists, protestors, and movements for social change is at the center of our wholehearted support for the protest.”