City Law School Honoring Barred Bubba
Carl Campanile - The New York Post - March 14,2001
Bill Clinton, who has been barred from
practicing law, is getting an award from a
prestigious city law school - and some students
are up in arms.
Two student groups at Benjamin Cardozo Law
School at Yeshiva University will on Monday
give their "Advocate for Peace" award to the
ex-president, who agreed to surrender his
Arkansas law license for five years and pay a
$25,000 fine in a deal with the independent
"I'm offended. It's embarrassing. It doesn't
reflect well on our school, the administration or
the student groups . . . bestowing the award on
him," said student Marc Stein.
"We're honoring a man who has no respect for
the law, a man who admitted to misleading a
federal court, if not perjuring himself. The guy
has to give up his law practice as a result of the
special counsel's investigation - and we're giving
him an award."
Joseph Bonventre argued that Clinton is a bad
example for prospective lawyers.
"It's wrong. It's hypocritical," he said.
Seth Alhadeff said he was perplexed as to why
Clinton is getting a peace award, considering
that Mideast peace talks blew up, and tensions
and violence in the region are the worst in years.
"It's irresponsible to bring someone with
Clinton's character to the law school. He was
disbarred, impeached, and he wanted to win the
Nobel [Peace] Prize," Alhadeff said.
"I don't see him as a role model as a leader,
lawyer or a peacemaker. In the international
realm, he didn't accomplish anything."
But many students enthusiastically welcome
"I think Clinton was beneficial for the Middle
East. He was a great diplomat," said Mattias
"The award is for his overseas effort. You have
to separate his personal life from his
Student Jodi Tesser said Clinton's visit is a
coup for Cardozo.
"He's done great things for the country on the
economy and international issues. His presence
at Cardozo reflects favorably on the school."
Rachel Zentz said she's a big Clinton fan, and
urged critics to cut him some slack.
"He's getting a peace prize, not an ethics award.
I'm sure he's not the only attorney who's
cheated on his wife," Zentz said.
"I wish Clinton were still president. I think he's
Apellate Court Justice Stephen Williams termed the Pollard case, "a complete and gross miscarriage of justice." Jonathan Pollard's new legal case (see Court Case Page) reveals a travesty of justice that has gone unchallenged for 16 years.
The decision by Benjamin Cardozo Law School of Yeshiva University to honor Bill Clinton is troubling. This is the man who repeatedly reneged on commitments to release Jonathan Pollard and who refused to commute Jonathan's sentence in spite of a wealth of evidence that his sentence is grossly disproprotionate and was unjustly obtained.
Moreover, honoring the former president in the wake of the tainted pardons that he did grant seems particularly inappropriate. It reflects poorly on the Jewish community and does the premier American Jewish law school no credit.
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