George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School

Note to C-IP2 Community on Scalia Law Professor Tweet in Dobbs Opinion Leak Debates

Last week a Scalia Law School faculty member tweeted a breathtakingly offensive remark about a sitting Supreme Court justice from his personal account in the context of the leaked Dobbs opinion. It has come to light that this same professor has tweeted similarly disparaging comments regarding other groups that have endured longstanding discrimination.

C-IP2 categorically rejects these tweets and the sentiments behind them. There is no place for ad hominem or group identity-based attacks in the community of creators, innovators, and their supporters that we are building.

To that end, I want to personally reassure our community that C-IP2 has not and will not engage this faculty member in any part of the Center’s work or programming. We will continue to actively build greater inclusion in the legal community:

i. generally, under guidance from George Mason University’s Task Force on Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence and Scalia Law School’s Commitment to Diversity; and

ii. specifically, through programs such as our recent Roundtable Discussion: Ensuring Diversity and Inclusivity in Copyright, held April 28-29, 2022, and next year’s hosting of the recurring Race + IP Conference to be held April 27-28, 2023.

Sean M. O’Connor
Faculty Director