Seton Hall law profs displayed humility, wisdom, discipline, and respect

Dear Editor:

I want to write today to express how proud I am to be a member of the Seton Hall Law School community. While I have not doubted for a moment the quality of the school, its faculty, and the education it provides since enrolling, recent events have further reinforced my admiration of the school and my gratitude for being a student there.

It is no secret that the legal academia skews heavily left, and Seton Hall School of Law does not buck this trend. As a conservative attending the school, assessing the political leanings of professors is not difficult, most are, in fact, liberals. However, I have found even the most virulent leftist professors to be fair, respectful, and engaging of others with viewpoints countering their own.

Enter the recent Kavanaugh controversy. Few events have provoked such a rush-to-judgment on either side of the aisle as this Supreme Court fight. Everyone seems to be stumbling over themselves to make their opinions known, as if they have some special knowledge or hidden information to which the rest of the country is somehow not privy. Law professors have recently shown that they are not immune from this fever gripping society. Indeed, hundreds of law professors have signed a letter opposing the Kavanaugh nomination, not based on any new facts, but simply parroting the points made by the Democratic party. While everyone is certainly free to express their opinions, this particular letter reeks of hubris and arrogance. In signing, these individuals seem to assert that their partisan preferences should be afforded more weight simply because they are professors, a laughable proposition to be sure. Astute observers of academia know that the profession is notorious for its tendency to circulate such group-think letters which professors sign to virtue-signal and pat themselves on the back for having done something noteworthy.

How, you may ask, does this buttress my love of Seton Hall Law? Well, upon examination, I was pleased to see that the vast majority of my school’s professors did not gratuitously sign this missive. Doing so would have been effortless and would have cost nothing, signing would have ingratiated them with a certain segment of academia and the left generally, the letters accords with their political leanings, and most probably even agree with the content of the letter. Nevertheless, the faculty as a whole displayed humility, wisdom, discipline, and respect for its students in refusing to simply go along with the crowd. This accords with my experience, as the Seton Hall Law professors I have had the privilege to interact with are undeniably brilliant, yet do not assume that their profession entitles them to a presumption of infallibility.

In sum, I count myself fortunate to be a member of a school that proves that excellence need not equate to arrogance, and that teaching can be both effective and respectful of other viewpoints.

 

Very Respectfully,

Seth Essendrop

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