Journal editors and members of the Yale Law School community:
I apologize for joining this discussion somewhat late. The Journal officers and the Symposium Committee have been monitoring the discussion that has taken place over the class lists. Over the course of many hours today, we discussed the question of how to proceed, and we thought it would be best to communicate everything in one email. But before I get into the details of how the Journal accepted this piece, how we have responded to the concerns raised over the past few weeks, and the reasoning behind our ultimate decision, I would like to thank everyone who has participated in this discussion thus far. The importance of this issue--to the Journal and the school--cannot be understated.
First of all, I think it would be helpful to explain how and why the Journal accepted this piece.