The daughter of Yale Law School professor Amy Chua, who was famously dubbed “tiger mom,” will work for Justice Brett Kavanaugh this summer after her mom sang his praises.
Yale Law graduate Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld will serve as a law clerk for Kavanaugh for a year, beginning this summer, according to the Associated Press.
Her new position comes nearly a year after Chua penned an op-ed commending Kavanaugh as a “a fierce champion of [his female clerks’] careers.” The subhead of the piece was titled “I can’t think of a better judge for my own daughter’s clerkship.”
“These days the press is full of stories about powerful men exploiting or abusing female employees,” Chua, who said she knew Kavanaugh after serving on the Yale panel that sought to place graduates in prestigious federal clerkships, wrote in July 2018.
“That makes it even more striking to hear Judge Kavanaugh’s female clerks speak of his decency.”
The op-ed was published three months before professor Christine Blasey Ford came forward with sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh dating back decades ago. Kavanaugh denied the allegations.
Still, Chua faced criticism for the piece, with many pointing out its seemingly self-serving nature.
Chua-Rubenfeld responded to the backlash on Twitter, noting that she was in “college ROTC, went to law school on Army Ed Delay, and am joining the Active Duty JAG Corps right after my circuit clerkship (wherever that will be!)”
She said she would not be applying for a Supreme Court clerkship “anytime soon.”