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Law Students Want Exams Postponed Over Brown Decision

By Sunday, 14 December 2014 08:40 AM Current | Bio | Archive

How pathetic!

Students at Columbia, Georgetown, and Harvard Law schools want final exams delayed because they are distressed and dismayed by the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases. They say that because of these events, they could not study for exams.

Poor little victims!

They sound like a bunch of privileged , elitist brats who are so fragile that they can’t cope with the stress of the criminal justice system as it is — and in which they supposedly wish to participate. This also applies to any minority law students who are part of this charade!

Aren’t they supposed to be the ones who want to fight against perceived injustice — not cower and be stressed out because of it?

The situation gets even more absurd.

It is reported that Columbia and Harvard are going to provide sessions with trauma counselors, mental health professionals and professors to discuss the failure to indict in the Brown and Garner cases.

In the fight for equal justice under law, one of the main contributors to justice was my alma mater, the Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. From its ranks came some of the nation’s foremost fighters for civil rights and justice including Thurgood Marshall, the first black Supreme Court justice and scores of black federal judges and prominent attorneys.

In that long history of the civil rights struggle leading up to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision, in which many Howard Attorneys, including Marshall were involved, and the 1964 Civil Rights Act, what if students and professors at that prestigious law school had said they could not proceed with classes or take their exams because they were traumatized and distressed by the injustices against blacks — segregation, lynchings, beatings?

What if black elementary and high school students who walked through screaming mobs to integrate schools in the south under police and sometimes military escort, who were spat upon, cursed at and called names, had decided they were too traumatized to take exams?

Did Dr. Martin Luther King and scores of other civil rights veterans need trauma and mental health counselling in order to cope?

Those acting like little children at these three elite schools, and their enabling professors and Deans, would never have survived.

It would be good to see a list of the students seeking to postpone their exams so that it could be forwarded to all of the law firms which regularly recruit at these schools.

If these students can’t cope with the stress caused by two grand jury decisions, how in the world can they be trusted to perform in a high powered law firm?

Do they really think they would be allowed to opt out of a trial, hearing or deposition because they were “distressed” over some legal decision they disagreed with, or because they wanted to demonstrate?

Assuming that a few of them opted for public service, which I doubt, what prosecutor or public defender would tolerate their not working when they were distressed or disagreed with some decision of a judge, grand jury or jury?

Even before finding a job, do they think that they could postpone the date of their bar exam or get a “do-over” because of stress?

They should all grow up! And to those enabling professors and administrators who are allowing this to happen, they are not doing the little cry baby students, or the legal profession, any favors.

Odds are that the only stress these students faced was waiting to see what law school they were accepted to and what courses they were going to take.

While they are complaining about their own “pre-exam stress disorder,” I am sure that any member of the Wounded Warrior Program or veteran of Iraq or Afghanistan would be glad to tell them what real stress is.

These students ought to thank their lucky stars that they can be coddled in their ivory tower law schools.

Why? Because, odds are that most of them would not be able to make it for more than ten minutes in any military basic training program let alone in Afghanistan or Iraq.
That’s probably why there are in law school.

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.

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