Days after a deadly mobbed ransacked the halls of Congress, deans from law schools across the United States published a statement addressing the 2020 election and how "the violent attack on the Capitol was an assault on our democracy and the rule of law."
Deans representing more than three quarters of law schools in the United States published a joint statement on January 12, 2021, calling on legal educators to “redouble our efforts to restore faith in the rule of law and the ideals of the legal profession” following an attack days earlier by insurrectionists at the U.S. Capitol.
Elon Law Dean Luke Bierman was among the 157 signatories to a document organized by Heather K. Gerken, dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
“The violent attack on the Capitol was an assault on our democracy and the rule of law,” the deans said in their statement. “The effort to disrupt the certification of a free and fair election was a betrayal of the core values that undergird our Constitution. Lives were lost, the seat of our democracy was desecrated, and our country was shamed.”
The statement applauded those lawyers who worked diligently to protect the integrity of the 2020 elections and rebuked those who challenged the outcome with no evidence or facts, which “betrayed the values of our profession.”