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JOSE A. CABRANES, a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, was general counsel of Yale University when appointed to the federal bench in 1979. He thereafter served long terms as a trustee of Yale, Colgate University, and, most recently, his undergraduate alma mater, Columbia University.
Free speech is in crisis on America’s campuses. Rather than refute an idea with which he disagrees, today’s college student demands censorship. At the slightest hint of offense, the weak-willed administrator complies and disinvites a speaker while a close-minded protestor disrupts a lecture.