Paul Staniszewski was a graduate of Osgoode Hall in 1954. He practiced law for 13 years until he was appointed as a federal judge in 1967.
Several law school scholarships were set up in his name at Windsor and Osgoode.
Now Staniszewski wants to ban minorities he dislikes from receiving the awards. Obviously the schools have rejected the idea.
But if he feels this strongly about it, what does that say about the potential for animus and bias by members of the bench that feel the same?
Both law schools are rejecting Staniszewki’s request.
York spokesperson Alex Bilyk said,
A comment like that is unacceptable, but it’s really a moot point because once endowments are established, it continues to serve the students for whom they were established.
Upon reflection, I’m sure the judge realized this type of request is not in line with Canadian norms.
However, Staniszewki repeated similar comments from his home last night.
Some law students are questioning whether the schools should even consider having the scholarships available after his comments.