Stanford Refuses to Fire Woke Inclusive Dean Who Stalked Judge at Law School Event
Stanford University refuses to fire a woke up inclusive dean for berating a conservative judge at a recent law school event — despite students calling for her suspension in a recent op-ed for the college newspaper.
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at California university, Thirien Steinbach conducted “COVID, Guns and Twitterlast week at Stanford Law’s Federalist Society, which featured Trump appointee Kyle Duncan as a keynote speaker.
It seemed like an opportunity to hear the opinion of one of the top lawyers in the country, but the event soon turned into a smear campaign – the DEI dean used the opportunity to participate in the bailiff’s six-minute rantbecause of his unfavorable views on same-sex marriage and trans and reproductive rights.
The liberal students in attendance joined in on the action — leading law school dean Jenny Martinez sent a formal letter of apology to a federal judge for violating the university’s speech policy that derailed his speech Thursday.
The school, however, did not reprimand Steinbach for the episode, despite the video showing her participating in the shouting match as Duncan pleaded with an administrator to calm the crowd — and a recent article condemning the entire ordeal in The Stanford Review.
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UCLA Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tyrien Steinbach (pictured, left) hosted the Stanford Federal Law Society’s “Covid, Guns and Twitter” event on Thursday and featured Trump appointee Judge Kyle Duncan (right) as a speaker
Stanford has since refused to fire the employee — despite an article published in the school newspaper over the weekend, students demanding that Steinbach be fired
The piece was written by Stanford students Thomas Adamo (left) and Josiah Johner, right), and it’s not-so-subtly titled The Thirteen Steinbach Fire.
Instead, the dean took the stand with a notebook and prepared remarks mercilessly attacking the political beliefs of an unsuspecting appellate judge.
“Your work has caused damage … and I know that’s uncomfortable to hear,” Steinbach says in a clip of the chaotic event, which is now circulating online.
In an apparent reference to the uproar, school officials acknowledged Tuesday that “staff who were supposed to enforce university policy failed to do so” during the incident and “instead intervened in inappropriate ways inconsistent with the university’s commitment to free speech.”
The statement did not specify any punishment for the school employee – despite the increasing calls for her to resign.
“We are writing to apologize for disrupting your recent speech at Stanford Law School,” said the statement, which did not mention Steinbach by name. “As our community has already been informed, what happened is against our policy on free speech.
“We are very sorry for what you experienced while visiting our campus.”
Aside from the apology, the statement did little to quell the backlash over the incident amid an increasing amount of free speech that has been sidelined on campuses across the country.
That reaction was seen in a recent article that appeared in the prestigious private school’s school newspaper over the weekend, written by several students who felt the dean’s handling of the situation was problematic.
In a statement over the weekend, Stanford apologized to the judge on behalf of Steinbach, but did not mention the dean (pictured here) by name. She remains in her position
Judge Duncan, a lawyer on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, was invited to speak as the dean of the Stanford Law Federalist Society last week, but instead a staff member and her students berated him before being escorted off the premises by US marshals.
Aside from the apology, the statement did little to quell the backlash over the incident — including the aforementioned Stanford Review article
“She has NO place as dean at Stanford,” said students writing the not-so-subtlely titled Fire Tirien Steinbach about the inclusivity officer who started at the school in 2021 after working as a lawyer and head of the Community Legal East Bay Center at Berkeley and Berkeley Law School
The piece, written by Stanford students Josiah Jonner, Thomas Adamo and Walker Stewart, would cite Steinbach as just the latest example of the emergence of “anti-language bigots” who are shutting down discourse at various universities.
Walker Stewart also contributed to the piece, which mentions how students rallied behind a dean in a judge’s censure during a high-profile incident last week
However, the article credited Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavin and Stanford Law School Dean Martinez for “fairly” apologizing for the incident, but accused the staff of failing to address the fact that , according to them, was the reason disaster – “Stanford Law School’s Own Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.”
“A Stanford Federalist Society event with Kyle Duncan, a judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, was disrupted by a crowd of unruly law students and a Stanford dean who prevented the judge from speaking,” the article said, recalling how students supported the dean in censuring the judge. during the incident.
“When Judge Duncan tried to intervene, the students yelled, ‘Let her finish!’ and Steinbach easily finished her speech,” the students recalled.
“Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavin and Stanford Law School Dean Jenny Martinez rightfully apologized to Judge Duncan on Saturday, saying ‘what happened is against our policy on free speech.’
“But at the center of the tragedy was not a group of unruly law students, but Stanford Law School’s associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion Tyrien Steinbach,” the article continues, recalling how Duncan looked to the school official for help during the incident.
“Nevertheless, Dean Steinbach took the podium with a notebook and prepared remarks, ready to blast Duncan as well,” the three students recalled, writing how the Stanford administrator “actively encouraged students to oppose Stanford’s free speech policy.”
As for the school’s apology, the students wrote that the gesture would be “meaningless” unless “concrete steps are taken to rid the administration of the speech advocates.”
Regarding the school’s pledge to take steps to prevent such incidents from happening again, students wrote that “it it is unclear what Stanford plans to do to prevent such disruptions in the future.”
Regarding the decision, the students wrote, “Firing Dean Steinbach is a good start.”
The school’s next steps remain to be determined. Judge Duncan has since acknowledged — and accepted — the university’s public apology.