With an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct underway, Brett Kavanaugh’s future on the Supreme Court is very much in question right now. But this much is sure: Kavanaugh will not be teaching a class on the court at Harvard next near.
Amid calls for the school to conduct its own investigation, public on-campus demonstrations against the nominee, and a petition signed by hundreds of Harvard Law alumni calling for his position to be rescinded, Kavanaugh has said he will not return in the spring to Harvard Law, where he has taught since 2008.
“Today, Judge Kavanaugh indicated that he can no longer commit to teaching his course in January Term 2019, so the course will not be offered,” Associate Dean and Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs Catherine Claypoole said in a message to students on Monday evening, as reported by the Harvard Crimson.
He was slated to teach a three-week course called “The Supreme Court Since 2005.”
In case this wasn’t clear, Kavanaugh can in fact keep teaching at colleges even if he is confirmed to the nation’s highest court. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan was scheduled this fall to lead a course on the Supreme Court as the college’s Archibald Cox Visiting Professor of Law.
Kavanaugh may have seen this coming. During his emotional testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, he lamented that the scrutiny of his behavior as a young man would have consequences for his professional life.“I loved teaching law. But thanks to what some of you on this side of the committee have unleashed, I may never be able to teach again,” he said Friday.
At this, several Harvard Law students watching the hearing reportedly could be heard as they “applauded” and “burst into cheers.”
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