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Monday, March 06, 2006

Yale Law Journal Debates Controversial Article

From the, 3/3/2006:

"The [Yale] Law School will hold a forum next week to
address deep divisions in the school surrounding the Yale
Law Journal's decision to print an article later this month by
law prodigy Kiwi Camara, who, it was discovered, repeatedly
referred to black individuals as "nig" and "nigs" in class notes
he posted online as a Harvard Law School student. Yale Law
Journal Editor-in-Chief Curtis Mahoney LAW '06 said that
when the editorial board became aware of Camara's past
actions last semester, members deliberated with faculty and
students before erring on the side of academic freedom by
deciding to continue with plans to run his article in the Journal's
March special symposium edition..Although some law students
and professors said they support the Law Journal's decision
on the basis of academic freedom of expression, others said
they reject the Journal's publication of Camara's work, arguing
that Camara -- who graduated from Harvard Law School in 2002
at age 19, the youngest graduate in the institution's history --
is a bigot whose past actions overshadow his legal expertise."

The forum will be held this evening to discuss "whether or not
speech and the speaker can be separated."