Professor Bernstein Criticizes Proposed ABA Standard on Diversity
In a recent op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal, Professor David E. Bernstein denounces the American Bar Association's Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar for proposing a new standard on "Equal Opportunity and Diversity" that would require racial preferences in admissions and faculty hiring policies.
Meeting in Chicago today, the ABA's Council of the Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will vote on new "equal opportunity and diversity" standards. If they are approved, any law school that seeks to maintain or acquire ABA accreditation will be required to engage in racial preferences in hiring and admissions, regardless of any federal, state or local laws that prohibit of such policies.
The new Standard 211, styled "Equal Opportunity and Diversity," would govern admissions and faculty hiring policies. It says nothing about treating people from different groups equally, and lots about "diversity" -- a code word for affirmative action preferences.