Alito: 'Tolerance for Opposing Views Is Now in Short Supply in Many Law Schools'

Alito: 'Tolerance for Opposing Views Is Now in Short Supply in Many Law Schools'


During a speech before the Federalist Society on Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito lamented that “tolerance for opposing views is now in short supply in many law schools and in the broader academic community.” And stated that recent law school graduates repeatedly tell him “that they face harassment and retaliation if they say anything that departs from the law school orthodoxy.”

Alito began by defending the Federalist Society, citing Justice Elena Kagan’s praise of the group while admitting that the Federalist Society is “not my people.” And stating that Kagan’s position is “a true expression of the freedom of speech that our constitution guarantees and that we need to preserve.”

He continued, “We should all welcome rational, civil speech on important subjects, even if we do not agree with what the speaker has to say. Unfortunately, tolerance for opposing views is now in short supply in many law schools and

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