- Judge Clarence Thomas would not be teaching at GWU Law School this fall.
- Thomas’ co-lecturer said justice will be “unavailable” for the upcoming semester.
- Thomas had previously taught a course at the Washington, D.C. School of Law since 2011.
Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will not be teaching at George Washington University Law School this fall, the school student newspaper reported Wednesday.
The news, which comes weeks after the circulation of a student-led petition to fire Thomas as a lecturer following his June 24 vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, was announced in an email from United States Court of Appeals Judge Gregory Maggs. for the Armed Forces, who has co-taught a constitutional law seminar with Thomas since 2011.
“Unfortunately, I am writing to you with sad news: Judge Thomas has informed me that he is not available to co-teach the seminar this fall. I know this is disappointing. I am truly sorry,” said writes Maggs in an email to the class. obtained by The GW Hatchet.
He continued: “The seminar has not been canceled but I will now be the only instructor. For those of you who are still interested in taking the course, I assure you that we will make the most of the new situation. “
Thomas faced a wave of criticism for being part of the conservative bloc that overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide and established the constitutional right to procedure. The judge also sparked controversy over his concurring opinion, in which he wrote that the Supreme Court should ‘reconsider’ other decisions that address privacy rights, including decisions that protect access to contraception , same-sex relationships and same-sex marriage rights.
Last month, an online petition created by a George Washington student called on the university to end its relationship with Thomas, saying his continued employment at the school was “completely unacceptable”. The petition has since garnered more than 11,300 signatures.
George Washington Law Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Christopher Bracey sent a memo to the university community in response, stating that this would not end Thomas’ coursework or end his employment at the establishment.
“Because we strongly support the exchange of sound ideas and deliberation, and because debate is an essential part of our university’s academic and educational mission to develop future leaders ready to solve the world’s most pressing problems. , the university will not terminate Judges Thomas’ employment or cancel his class in response to his legal opinions,” the letter states.
Thomas has also come under scrutiny over his wife’s alleged involvement in efforts to challenge the results of the 2020 election.
The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack obtained text messages and emails from longtime conservative activist Ginni Thomas in which she urged White House officials and Republican state lawmakers not to accept the election results. The committee, which has held a series of public hearings in recent months, has requested an interview with Ginni.