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Supreme
Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh leaves his home September 19,
2018 in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Kavanaugh is scheduled to appear
again before the Senate Judiciary Committee next Monday following
allegations that have endangered his appointment to the Supreme
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  • A Yale law professor reportedly advised female students
    on their appearances to bolster their chances of becoming
    Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s law
    clerks.
  • Amy Chua, who has endorsed Kavanaugh and referred to
    him as a “mentor for women,” instructed female law students
    prepping for interviews with him on how to be “model-like”, The
    Guardian reported Thursday.
  • There’s no substantial evidence Kavanaugh hired law
    clerks because of their physical appearances.
  • Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination is currently in
    jeopardy amid allegations he sexually assaulted a woman when
    they were teenagers at a high school party.

A Yale law professor reportedly advised female students on their
appearances to bolster their chances of being hired by Supreme
Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh as law clerks.

Amy Chua last year privately told a group of law students it’s
“not an accident” his clerks often “looked like models,”
The Guardian reported Thursday
.

Chua, who has endorsed Kavanaugh and referred to him as a

“mentor for women,”
reportedly instructed female law students
prepping for interviews with him on how to be “model-like.”

Such advice apparently made the students uncomfortable and in
some cases led them to avoid pursuing clerkships with Kavanaugh,
sources told The Guardian.

As a federal judge on the DC circuit court of appeals, clerking
for Kavanaugh was a coveted spot, and many went on to clerk for
Supreme Court justices, as well. In July, 18 of his female former
law clerks sent a letter to the Senate
Judiciary Committee
supporting Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

“In our view, the Judge has been one of the strongest advocates
in the federal judiciary for women lawyers,” the women wrote in
the letter.

Jed Rubenfeld, Chua’s husband who’s also a professor at Yale,
reportedly told at least one student Kavanaugh likes clerks with
a “certain look.”

But there’s no substantial evidence Kavanaugh hired law clerks
because of their appearances, and one student who claimed to be
advised in this manner told The Guardian that it’s possible Chua
and Rubenfeld were “making observations but not following edicts
from him.”

“I have no reason to believe he was saying, ‘Send me the pretty
ones,’ but rather that he was reporting back and saying, ‘I
really like so and so,’ and the way he described them led them to
form certain conclusions,” the student added.

Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination is currently in jeopardy
amid allegations he sexually assaulted a woman when they were
teenagers at a high school party. He has denied accuser Christine
Blasey Ford’s allegations.

Chua has reportedly canceled her classes at Yale this semester
and is currently ill and in the hospital, according to an email
her husband sent to the Yale Law School community.

Meanwhile, Rubenfeld is presently the subject of an investigation
at Yale over his conduct toward female students, The Guardian
learned. Rubenfeld confirmed to newspaper that the university
informed him it’s conducting an “internal review” of allegations
against him, but the school would not comment on the matter.

A Yale Law School official also told The Guardian it would look
into the claims Chua coached female students to look
“model-like,” and claimed to have no prior knowledge of the
alleged practices.

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