It Looks Like I May Have To Hang My Front-To-The Wall Georgetown Law Center Diploma Beneath My Front-To-The Wall Harvard Diploma, Which Will Require Digging a Hole…

Recent Georgetown Law Center grad William Spruance has written a chilling account of how he was treated by the administration at Georgetown Law Center when he challenged the school’s pandemic edicts. he begins “What Happened at Georgetown Law with Covid?” like this:

For questioning Covid restrictions, Georgetown Law suspended me from campus, forced me to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, required me to waive my right to medical confidentiality, and threatened to report me to state bar associations. 

The Dean of Students claimed that I posed a “risk to the public health” of the University, but I quickly learned that my crime had been heretical, not medical.

All the harrowing and, for a Georgetown Law Center grad (and former assistant dean and director of development) like me, profoundly embarrassing and depressing details follow. Read it.


  • I don’t know Spruance, but I plan on contacting him. I can’t vouch for his account, but it is consistent with what I have seen and observed from the regime of GULC Dean William Trainor over several years. Spruance is also a lawyer, and misrepresentation in public, which is what his article would be if not true, would be professional breach of ethics. I have no reason to doubt him.
  • What disturbs me most is that Spruance received no support from other students in a dispute that would seem to be made for lawyerly dissent. Has my alma mater so thoroughly stocked a student body with ideological clones and compliant young totalitarians?
  • The article comes to use via the Brownstone Institute, of which I had no knowledge before learning of Spruance’s ordeal. Here is how it describes itself on its website;

The Brownstone Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded May 2021. Its vision is of a society that places the highest value on the voluntary interaction of individuals and groups while minimizing the use of violence and force including that which is exercised by public or private authorities. This vision is that of the Enlightenment which elevated learning, science, progress, and universal rights to the forefront of public life. It is constantly threatened by ideologies and systems that would take the world back to before the triumph of the ideal of freedom.

The motive force of Brownstone Institute was the global crisis created by policy responses to the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020. That trauma revealed a fundamental misunderstanding alive in all countries around the world today, a willingness on the part of the public and officials to relinquish freedom and fundamental human rights in the name of managing a public health crisis, which was not managed well in most countries. The consequences were devastating and will live in infamy.

The policy response was a failed experiment in full social and economic control in most nations. And yet the lockdowns are also widely considered a template of what is possible.

It’s not just about this one crisis but past and future ones as well. This lesson concerns the desperate need for a new outlook that rejects the power of the legally privileged few to rule over the many under any pretext.

12 thoughts on “It Looks Like I May Have To Hang My Front-To-The Wall Georgetown Law Center Diploma Beneath My Front-To-The Wall Harvard Diploma, Which Will Require Digging a Hole…

  1. Maybe Mr. Spruance descends from Admiral Raymond A. Spruance, who did a few little things during WWII like, (from wiki) “successfully leading major naval battles in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater such as the Battle of Midway and the Battle of the Philippine Sea.” The Battle of Midway effectively neutered the Japanese Navy, thus assuring Japan’s eventual defeat.

    • Asiatic-Pacific Theater? Is that as opposed to European-Pacific Theater? Do they also refer to the European-Atlantic Theater, or perhaps the African (or European) Mediterranean Theater?

      Sheesh. I’ve actually never heard it referenced as anything but the Pacific Theater, or PTO (vice ETO).

  2. The money quote from Mr. Spruance’s article: “I informed Mitch Bailin [his administrative tormenter] that journalists, lawyers, and television programs were interested in speaking with me. Later that evening, Fox News covered the story without using my name. Fourteen hours later, Dean Bailin notified me that my suspension had been lifted.” What a dick. Whichever way the wind blows….

  3. Sad story, again from Georgetown. Kinda matches your baseball story though – when people get drunk on power abuse follows.

    BTW, I think you reference Brownstone as Brookstone in your text. At least it was not Treadstone.

  4. It still lingers. This weekend I am headed to a sci fi convention that requires us to bring our vaccination cards, have gotten the shots and booster, and nonetheless wear masks the entire weekend.

    I feel like I am heading into a time warp — heading back to 2020 again.

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