Justice Clarence Thomas removed from law school faculty website where he taught 10 years

 Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits during a group photo of the Justices at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on April 23, 2021. (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits during a group photo of the Justices at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on April 23, 2021. Photo credit (Photo by Erin Schaff-Pool/Getty Images)

As of Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ name didn’t appear on any of the faculty lists on the George Washington University Law School website, though he has taught there for more than a decade.

According to the university newspaper, The GW Hatchet, Thomas’ co-teacher Gregory Maggs told students in an email that the justice will not teach a Constitutional Law Seminar with him this fall. Thomas is not listed as a lecturer for the course.

“Unfortunately, I am writing with some sad news: Justice Thomas has informed me that he is unavailable to co-teach the seminar this fall,” said Maggs – who has co-taught the course with Thomas since 2011 – in an email obtained by The GW Hatchet. “I know that this is disappointing. I am very sorry.”

University spokesperson Tim Pierce confirmed that Thomas notified GW Law that he was “unavailable” to co-teach the seminar this fall, said the outlet. Pierce did not say whether Thomas’ withdrawal is permanent.

There is still a page for Thomas up on the George Washington University site, where his title is listed as “professorial lecturer in law” and a university email account is provided.

Thomas’ absence from the constitutional law course comes after he joined with a majority of the court to support an opinion in the Dobbs v.
Jackson Women’s Health case that overturns abortion protections established in the 1970s by Roe v. Wade. A recent Marist poll shows that a majority of the public opposes the Supreme Court’s decision.

In a concurring opinion included in the final Dobbs ruling, Thomas went even further and suggested that the court reassess cases that established access to contraceptives and same-sex marriage. Again, most of the public does not want to see those rulings overturned, according to a recent Morning Consult poll.

Since the Dobbs ruling was announced, a petition calling for Thomas to be removed from his position at GW has received nearly 11,500 signatures. Additionally, 50 student leaders wrote an open letter last month calling for Thomas’ removal.

Provost Christopher Bracey and GW Law Dean Dayna Bowen Matthew said in an email to the University community last month that they would continue to employ Thomas, though they added that his views did not represent the institution, according to The GW Hatchet. In the email, they said Thomas has “academic freedom and freedom of expression and inquiry” and that it is not the university’s responsibility to “shield” individuals from opinions they may find offensive.

Pierce “declined to say whether Thomas’ unavailability is related to the reversal of Roe v. Wade and the subsequent student protests against the justice,” said The GW Hatchet. Thomas did not immediately return a request for comment from the outlet.

Outside of the university community, a petition calling for Thomas to be removed from the Supreme Court had received more than 1.2 million signatures as of Thursday. In addition to criticizing Thomas’ role in the Dobbs ruling, that petition addresses allegations that his wife, Ginni Thomas, is connected to efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

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