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Afternoon Briefs: Slower-paying law students wait-listed; 'tiger mom' law prof back in the news

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Law school wait-lists students who finished late in deposit race

The University of Notre Dame’s law school is facing criticism for putting pressure on would-be law students to make their decisions quickly. The school requires admitted students to pay their $600 deposit by April 15—but if the school meets its maximum for admittees before that time, the admittee may be out of luck. The school hit its maximum April 6. Those who didn’t make the cutoff can get on a wait list. (Above the Law,

‘Tiger mom’ law prof responds to dinner party allegations

Yale Law School professor Amy Chua—who became known as the “tiger mom” after writing a book on strict parenting—is fighting back after the Yale Daily News reported that she will no longer be teaching a small group class because she violated an agreement with the school. The publication reported that Chua was hosting small dinner parties at her home, despite a 2019 agreement to stop out-of-class interactions with students following allegations that she drank heavily with students and made inappropriate remarks. Chua’s law professor husband, Jed Rubenfeld, had been suspended following allegations of sexual harassment, a charge that he denied. Chua has released a letter saying she didn’t violate any agreement, which was confidential and mischaracterized by the Yale Daily News. She also said the only time that she had students to her home was when students in extreme distress reached out to her. The meetings were not dinner parties, and her husband didn’t attend, Chua said. (The Yale Daily News, Original Jurisdiction, Above the Law)

Open letter calls on law firms to help protect voting rights

More than 1,600 lawyers and hundreds of concerned citizens have signed an open letter calling on law firms, bar associations and law schools to use their resources to protect and expand voting rights. The letter was drafted by Lawyers Defending American Democracy. Among those who signed the letter are Brad Karp, the chair of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and three former ABA presidents. (Lawyers Defending American Democracy press release)

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