Now, in almost Shakespearean fashion, both seem destined to be brutally stripped of that power - and elite branding. Framed in less genteel terms, they are a Mafia wife and husband who seem to be on the verge of being whacked.
As The Guardian reports, Chua has been fingered for advising Yale Law female students applying for clerkships with Brett Kavanaugh to "look" a certain way. She even requested that they send her photos of how they planned to dress for the interview. Some students found that so distasteful, even before the #MeToo era, that they decided against continuing with the application.
Chua is a major supporter of Kavanaugh who is currently in the soup because of allegations of sexual misconduct in his high school days. Chau's advice opens the door to suspicions that, much more recently, he behaved in odd ways when it came to female clerks.
That Chua would give such recommendations has come back to haunt her. The story is all over the legal world. This semester she is absent from Yale Law School and hospitalized. The reason given is a health problem. Of course, since the members of the media have made her a negative part of the Kavanaugh saga some will likely dig for more information about this absence.
There is also the other half of this power couple - Jed Rubenfeld. As Elie Mystal reports in Abovethelaw, there is an internal investigation taking place at Yale Law School about alleged inappropriate behavior, particularly with female students. It is being conducted by third party Jenn Dennis. The suspicions Mystal cites are, well, shocking.
If these two outsized players are routed from their prestigious positions at Yale Law School, some clever lawyer with a creative bent could put together a two-act play on their rise and fall. Everyone along the Northeast Corridor would pay a king's ransom for a ticket.
Meanwhile, the Kavanaugh chaos has thrown shade on the inner workings of Yale Law School. Will a rogue group in Congress demand an investigation of its policies and procedures? And, as a result, will a Yale Law degree lose a lot of its value. Of course, the rankers at U.S. News & World Report might take note of all this.
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