Milbank LLC discontinues $1 million gift to Harvard Law School after their funds were used to support an event entitled "The Palestine Exception to Free Speech"
In 2012 the law firm Milbank LLP made a gift to Harvard Law School ($200,000 annually for five years) to establish the “Milbank Tweed Student Conference Fund” (the Fund). The Fund was set up to subsidize student events at Harvard, yet it informed HLS that it desired to discontinue the Fund after it learned about an event sponsored by the student group Justice in Palestine that had received $500 in funding from the “Milbank Tweed Student Conference Fund” to cover catering expenses, and the students had acknowledged the Fund’s support in their announcements for the event – something required by law school policy.
The Open University Project drafted an Open Letter about Milbank's actions available here.
Milbank and Harvard Law School responded here. The Milbank spokesman stated that the firm did not want to sponsor "statements accusing governments of violating international law and other persons and institutions of engaging in wrongful or harmful conduct."
Professor Katherine Franke penned a reply to Milbank and Harvard in which she highlighted the many events sponsored by Milbank at Columbia Law School that included "statements accusing governments of violating international law and other persons and institutions of engaging in wrongful or harmful conduct."
Professors Katherine Franke and Steven Salaita discuss academic freedom at Brooklyn College on November 20, 2014:
Professor Katherine Franke holds a forum at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign on the termination of Professor Steven Saliata's appointment on September 24, 2014:
Professor Katherine Franke appears on Democracy Now! to discuss threats to academic freedom and the Salaita case on September 9, 2014:
Letter from Professor Katherine Franke to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Challencellor Phyllis Wise on the case of Steven Salaita, September 2, 2014
Letter from U.S. faculty to University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Challencellor Phyllis Wise on the case of Steven Salaita, August 15, 2014
Letter from Professor Katherine Franke to President Debora Spar, Barnard College, regarding the removal of Students for Justice in Palestine's banner, March 26, 2014Letter from Columbia University Faculty to the New York State Assembly opposing "Anti-Boycott Bills," February 3, 2014