Commentary: Chicago Lives Up to the Principles

June 21, 2023 1 min read

By Benjamin Ogilvie
Wall Street Journal

Excerpt: It’s been a great week for social-media engagement at the University of Chicago Law School. On June 14, the school posted on LinkedIn to share my recent contribution to the Journal’s Future View discussing the Bud Light and Target boycotts. That post received 36 ugly comments from 23 alumni and students, along with more than 500 likes and reactions. The school also received an open letter of denunciation from 22 law-student organizations.

My experience shows how the Chicago Principles work in practice. If I were at a different school, I might have been railroaded or officially denounced. Some of my classmates complained to the university’s DEI bureaucracy and communications team, but they were rebuffed. Administrators here consistently protect free speech, so students can write whatever they want without winding up in university discipline purgatory.

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