While interviewing law students for jobs as paid summer interns and full-time associates for my firm, I noticed several had résumés listing their activities in the Federalist Society. Some of my partners have conservative views similar to those of the society, but I do not. These students’ politics would not affect their professional function, but my review is meant to consider their judgment and personality (though I don’t need to give reasons for the assessments given). May I recommend not hiring someone solely because of his or her politics?
OK, I understand that people want to like their colleagues, but since when was membership in the Federalist Society a crime? And what is it about the Federalist Society that this person finds so offensive? It is left unstated, of course, no doubt because he doesn't know the first thing about the Federalist Society, except maybe that Justices Scalia, Alito, and Roberts have something to do with it. What's he afraid of?
Progressives can still work themselves into a fit of dudgeon over Nixon's enemies list. Many progressives think a fun way to spend an evening is to watch the umpteenth PBS documentary about the Hollywood Ten and/or the "Red Scare." But membership in the Federalist Society is some sort of offence worthy of a faux-tormented letter to the Times? And for all of the writer's claims of tolerance, don't you want to bet that he enjoyed denying all of those "bad" conservatives a job? There really is something wrong on the Left.