Posted on July 24, 2023

Stanford Law School Ousts Diversity Dean Who Egged on Protest of Federal Judge

Aaron Sibarium, Washington Free Beacon, July 20, 2023

Stanford Law School has parted ways with the diversity administrator who in March joined students in protesting a sitting federal judge, according to an email reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

“I write to share that Tirien Steinbach has decided that she will be leaving her role as Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Stanford Law School to pursue another opportunity,” Jenny Martinez, the law school’s dean, said in an email on Thursday. “Although Associate Dean Steinbach intended to de-escalate the tense situation when she spoke at the March 9 event, she recognizes that the impact of her statements was not as she hoped or intended.”

Steinbach had seized the podium from Kyle Duncan, a judge on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and, in a video that went viral on social media, lambasted the conservative jurist for causing “harm.”

“Do you have something so incredibly important to say,” she asked, that it is worth the “division of these people?” She went on to tell him that he had to weigh whether the “juice [was] worth the squeeze.”

Steinbach also commended the hecklers—one of whom allegedly told Duncan, “We hope your daughters get raped”—telling the students that she was “glad” to see the protest happening. In a conversation with students after the event, she laid the blame for the meltdown entirely at Duncan’s feet.


Steinbach’s ouster comes after months of pressure on the school to take a harder line on free speech. {snip}