(October 13, 2022 / JNS) The Israel education organization StandWithUs is calling on major law firms to reconsider funding numerous student organizations at University of California, Berkeley, School of Law after the organizations passed bylaws prohibiting Zionist speakers at their events.
One group was the school’s Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, which according to the group’s website is funded by Covington & Burling LLP, Jenner & Block LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP and others.
The law firms supporting Law Students of African Descent included Kirkland & Ellis, Cooley, and Latham Watkins.
The group Womxn of Color Collective was supported by Munger Tolles & Olson, Wachtell Lipton and McDermott Law and others.
Major law firms also sponsored events for the groups, including two networking events for the BDS-supporting Middle East & North African Law Students Association. These included Latham & Watkins, Morgan Lewis, O’Melveny and others.
StandWithUs called for every firm that donated money to these organizations or to sponsor an event to terminate its financial involvement with the groups, conduct a review to ensure their firms’ resources don’t fund anti-Semitism at other schools and make a strong statement condemning the anti-Semitism of the groups involved in Berkeley’s anti-Zionist bylaws.
BREAKING: You saw the outrageous news last week that a coalition of @BerkeleyLaw School student groups passed bylaws prohibiting "#Zionist" (i.e.
Jewish) speakers at their events. We found that 1/2 the #antisemitic groups are FUNDED BY MAJOR LAW FIRMS, & we have the receipts. 1/7
— StandWithUs (@StandWithUs) October 13, 2022
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