Wednesday, February 19, 2003
Andrea Guerrero graduated from Boalt Hall in 1999, and published her book Silence at Boalt: The Dismantling of Affirmative Action last fall. Ms. Guerrero's timing is providential in light of two matters pending before the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the propriety of race as a consideration in the University of Michigan's admissions practices. Ms. Guerrero writes that race-blind admissions standards at law schools such as Boalt Hall (my alma mater) have led to precipitous drops in the enrollment of minority candidates. Some of her other thoughts on this subject are available here and here.
On the Reed Smith front, these issues also are at the heart of one of our first notable cross-country collaborations since the merger, in the form of an amicus brief authored on behalf of Carnegie Mellon University and thirty-seven other private colleges and universities. You can access the brief here (PDF), and read Carnegie Mellon's perspective here.
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