If the ABA doesn't respect the law, why should anyone else?
Posted by aogSunday, 21 January 2007 at 06:13 TrackBack Ping URL

My level of respect for the ABA has been in steady decline for the last couple of decades, so I am not very surprised to find out that it has been

  • Pressuring laws schools to engage in flagrant affirmative action via threats of withholding accredidation
  • Used quotas to judge law schools’ efforts at the above, instead of, say, the actual efforts
  • Extending these quotas to faculty in direct violation of the ABA’s own regulations
  • Torturing non-compliant schools with failing marks by refusing to ever explicitly state what the failing schools needed to do to not fail

See here, here, and here for details.

The best quote was from one of the case studies, from the ABA’s own files, was this one —

The school’s commitment to being a diverse community has been given expression in both the student population, thanks to the [program for disadvantaged students], and in the makeup of the faculty. The adoption of an anti-affirmative action posture by the Regents of the University of California, reinforced by success of Proposition 209 with the California electorate poses very real issues for maintaining a diverse student body. Although persons of color make up 30.4% of the student body, the most recent entering class showed a dramatic decline in the number of African-Americans. Given the school’s traditions and aspirations it may be essential to reconsider the level of risk it is willing to bear to achieve a larger representation of this traditionally underrepresented group. [emphasis added]

It is hard for me to interpret that as anything other than direct encouragement for the law school to break the law. It seems that the accredidation group within the ABA is now promoting “diversity” quotas over legality. Is this really the sort of thing lawyers, as a class, want to represent them to the rest of the citizenry?

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Peter Burnet Monday, 22 January 2007 at 08:25

Both the ABA and the AMA are left-leaning unions, but the public is under the impression they speak with some collective authority or wisdom on public/moral issues like abortion, capital punishment, affirmative action, euthanasia etc., and boy, do they take advantage of it. But, like all unions, they represent the thinking of the activist arm. They can have some valuable insights when matters get technical, but their “wisdom” is about as independant, disinterested and grounded in expertise of that of a plumbers’ union pronouncing on water conservation.

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