Columbia: law students traumatized by grand jury news can delay finals

Yes, that’s really what interim dean Robert Scott announced [Paul Mirengoff, Power Line]:

In recognition of the traumatic effects these events [the non-indictments of officers in the Brown and Garner cases] have had on some of the members of our community, Dean Greenberg-Kobrin and Yadira Ramos-Herbert, Director, Academic Counseling, have arranged to have Dr. Shirley Matthews, a trauma specialist, hold sessions next Monday and Wednesday for anyone interested in participating to discuss the trauma that recent events may have caused….

The law school has a policy and set of procedures for students who experience trauma during exam period. In accordance with these procedures and policy, students who feel that their performance on examinations will be sufficiently impaired due to the effects of these recent events may petition Dean Alice Rigas to have an examination rescheduled.

Lawyers who can’t function after seeing injustice would seem a bit like surgeons who can’t stand the sight of blood.


  • Well said. They has no business being a lawyer. If they love the law that much, maybe he should consider being a paralegal 😉

  • Well, just to be sure, I’ll never hire an attorney from Columbia Law School class of 2014 through 2016.