Law Prof. Starts Legal Clinic For Due Process Rights, Receives Threats

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A professor at the University of San Francisco Law School is receiving threats allegedly from progressives and feminists after starting a clinic for black students that have been accused of misconduct — specifically Title IX offenses.

According to a report from The College Fix, Professor Lara Bazelon at the University of San Francisco Law School has come under fire for her decision to establish a legal clinic for black students who have been falsely accused of crimes.

Bazelon drew attention to the clinic earlier this month when she published an op-ed in the New York Times. The column, which was titled “I’m a Democrat and a Feminist. And I Support Betsy DeVos’s Title IX Reforms,” immediately incited a firestorm. In the piece, Bazelon explains how the Obama-era regulations stripped due process rights from young men accused of sexual misconduct.

Consider this scenario: A young black man enrolls at a state university in California on an athletic scholarship. He’s the first person in his family to go to college. His teammate’s white ex-girlfriend matches with him on Tinder, comes to his apartment, has sex with him and, they both agree, returns three days later to have consensual sex.

Weeks later, the young woman, who has reconciled with her boyfriend, claims the Tinder match raped her during the first sexual encounter. The Tinder Match adamantly denies this. Her boyfriend, who is also black, says she is lying. There is no hearing, no chance for the accused to ask her questions.

But the Title IX investigator concludes that he committed sexual assault by finding her more credible than him under the preponderance-of-the-evidence standard, under which the accuser must prove there is a greater than 50 percent chance her claim is true. He’s one of a few black students on campus and worries he may get killed after word spreads.

After the op-ed was published, Bazelon began receiving threatening voicemails and tweets. “I expected some, but some was even more than I bargained for,” Bazelon said in a comment.

Despite the backlash, Bazelon maintains that her fight for due process rights the accused is still worth it. “These are people of color with very limited means who face being permanently severed from their education,” Bazelon said. “It is a population at risk.”

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