Dear Colleagues, Law Students, and Other Members of the Law School Community:
On Monday, November 25, 2002, the law faculty of the University of Georgia School of Law received a memorandum from Dean David Shipley which begins as follows: "I am pleased to announce that Justice Clarence Thomas has accepted the invitation extended by me, Class of 2003 President Josh Belinfante, Class of 2003 Vice President Megan Jones, and Class of 2004 Vice President Rebecca Franklin to be our graduation speaker on May 17, 2003."
The decision to invite Justice Thomas is appalling, unwise and perverse -- the embodiment of bad judgment. Anyone who has carefully examined his opinions in the fields of criminal procedure, civil rights, civil liberties, the rights of prisoners and the writ of habeas corpus knows that Justice Thomas has one of the most anti-human rights voting records in modern Supreme Court history.
Wilkes, Donald E. Jr., "Open Letter Concerning the Invitation to Justice Clarence Thomas to Speak at the UGA School of Law Graduation Ceremony" (2003). Popular Media. Paper 53.