That's the issue the Brett Kavanaugh theatre in D.C. has outed.
As hammered throughout the media, including New York Magazine, it is those with the most power at Yale Law School who are establishing the organization's culture. And that system seems binary: Either you are in the loop and have a shot at a good career or you are not in the loop and could be doomed to a career which never gets traction.
Among the top power brokers are Amy Chua aka Tiger Mom and Jed Rubenfeld. Or, maybe more accurately put: They were the analogues of ancient Greek gods who determined the fates of everyone in their universe.
Chua is being condemned for seemingly reinforcing an ethos of female law students as sex objects. Rubenfeld is being investigated for alleged inappropriate behavior, including with female students.
The reality is that academic institutions such as Yale Law School are prime shapers of careers. A bad grade or a bad recommendation can finish off a student. On the other hand, being invited into the inner circle, such as assisting professors with research, can provide a student with an edge which could last a lifetime.
That reality is being recognized in a series of legal actions. Lawsuits associated with alleged sexual misconduct range from "Jane Doe v. Columbia/Tom Hartford" to "Reitman v. Ronell/N.Y.U."
The sad part of that litigation is that the alleged behavior took place years after such interaction had been officially banned. The unequal power between professors/administrators and students was acknowledged.
Should there be standing internal committees, made up of professors/administration/students, to monitor and investigate abuses of power in academia?
Meanwhile, those who believe in fair dealings might be smirking at the tumble into the branding abyss Chau and Rubenfeld could be experiencing.
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