NYTimes: ‘One Law Firm Prepared Both Penn and Harvard for Hearing on Antisemitism’

Lauren Hirsch writing for The New York Times:

At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, the leaders of Harvard, the University of Pennsylvania and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology gave carefully worded — and seemingly evasive — answers to the question of whether they would discipline students who called for the genocide of Jews. The intense criticism that followed led many to wonder: Who had prepared them for testimony?

It turns out that one of America’s best known white-shoe law firms, WilmerHale, was intricately involved.

Two of the school presidents, Claudine Gay of Harvard and Elizabeth Magill of Penn, prepared separately for the congressional testimony with teams from WilmerHale, according to two people familiar with the situation who asked not to be identified because the preparation process is confidential.


Ms. Magill resigned as Penn’s president after the fallout from her congressional testimony became overwhelming.

It’s hard to imagine a worse outcome.

See also, Philip Greenspun’s Weblog: “If these administrators had $100,000 of prep from an elite law firm, how could one (so far) have lost her job?”

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