Ilya Shapiro Gets Job Back After ‘Lesser Black Woman’ Tweet

Ilya Shapiro discusses the 2020-21 Supreme Court Term in an interview with the John Locke Foundation (3 August 2021).

Ilya Shapiro discusses the 2020-21 Supreme Court Term in an interview with the John Locke Foundation (August 3, 2021) (via YouTube/Screengrab).

The Georgetown law professor, who was furloughed earlier this year after tweeting about this president Joe BidenThe promise to nominate the first black woman for the US Supreme Court would amount to a “low” qualified nominee officially getting his job back.

Ilya Shapiro announced on Twitter Thursday that he will serve as Executive Director of Georgetown Law’s Constitutional Center on Friday.

He has been on administrative leave since January after coming off a series of Twitter posts bemoaning Biden’s campaign promise to nominate a black woman for the Supreme Court.

“The objective best choice for Biden is Sri Srinivasan, which is solid prog & v smart. There is even an identity-political benefit to being the first Asian (Indian) American,” Shapiro tweeted Jan. 27. “But unfortunately it doesn’t fit the newest intersectionality hierarchy, so we’re going to get fewer black women. Thank heaven for small favors?”

“Because Biden said he only considers black women for SCOTUS, his nominee will always be starred,” Shapiro also wrote. “Befitting the court taking affirmative action in the next term.”

Shapiro’s tweets came just before Justice Stephen Breyera bill clinton Appointment, formally announced his resignation from the bank.

The next day, Shapiro dismissed his tweet: “I apologize. No offense meant, but it was a clumsy tweet. I took it off.”

Days later, William M Treanorthe Dean of Georgetown Law, announced that he had placed Shapiro on administrative leave pending an investigation.

On Thursday, Treanor said in a statement that the investigation by the school’s Office of Institutional Diversity, Justice and Affirmative Action and the Office of Human Resources has been completed – and that Shapiro will be back on the job soon.

“Since Mr. Shapiro posted the tweets on January 26, 2022, but his employment did not begin until February 1, 2022, IDEAA and HR have concluded that Mr. Shapiro was not an employee of Georgetown at the time of his tweets,” Treanor said . “As such, he was not properly disciplined for them. As a result, he can begin his work as Executive Director and, subject to the normal processes of the Law Center’s Office of Academic Affairs, will be able to teach upper-class elective courses as a Senior Lecturer.”

Treanor said the investigation also found that Shapiro’s tweets “had a significant negative impact on Georgetown’s legal community, including current and prospective students, alumni, staff and faculty, and they recommended that I take action to address the negative impact.” who had the tweets about the law school community.”

Treanor said he met with Shapiro to discuss the tweets, stressing that “while he has every right to voice his views, as an employee of the Law Center I expect him to communicate professionally.”

Shapiro will attend school-mandated training courses on implicit bias, cultural competence and non-discrimination, Treanor said, adding that he asked Shapiro to make himself available “to make himself available for meetings with student leaders who are concerned.” about his ability to handle students quite.”

“Georgetown Law is committed to upholding and protecting the right to free and open inquiry, deliberation and debate,” Treanor also said in the statement. “We have an equally compelling obligation to foster a campus community free from prejudice and in which every member is treated with respect and courtesy. I am committed to continuing to strive for these two essential goals.”

For his part, Shapiro said in a statement that he intended to welcome “a variety of ideas.”

“I’m excited to be able to do the job I was hired to do more than four months ago,” Shapiro said on Twitter on Thursday. “I look forward to teaching and being involved in a variety of activities related to constitutional education. As befits a Constitutional Center, all students and participants in my programs can expect freedom to think and speak freely, and to be treated equally: a variety of ideas is most welcome. Let’s go to work!”

Shapiro’s reinstatement comes weeks early Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in as the next Supreme Court Justice after Breyer officially retires this summer. Jackson, who was confirmed in April, will actually become the first black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court.

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