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    Insolent CA State Bar Refuses Release of Affirmative Action Documents
    Political Correctness; Posted on: 2008-08-23 23:22:23 [ Printer friendly / Instant flyer ]

    Status quo is bliss

    Richard Sander, a highly regarded UCLA law professor and statistician, is conducting research with important implications for higher education.† To complete the research, which has been the subject of many scholarly articles and intense academic interest, he needs access to a California government database.

    So why has the State Bar, which controls the database, denied Sander and his research team access to the records? Because Sanderís subject is affirmative action, the mere mention of which raises blood pressure levels among bureaucrats of all political persuasions. And because Sanderís research breaches a taboo of political correctness: he hypothesizes that affirmative action, at least in top law schools, actually hurts the minority students it is designed to help.

    It does this, Sander suggests, by landing minority students--and other students who receive a major preference--in academic settings for which they havenít been adequately prepared. The resulting ďmismatchĒ between their preparation and the preparation needed to succeed in such schools disadvantages students admitted under affirmative action policies. Sander theorizes these students might have had a better chance of passing the Bar exam--and becoming practicing lawyers--if they had, instead, attended a less selective law school.

    Whatever oneís views on the politically divisive issue of affirmative action, thereís no disputing that Sanderís research raises questions of public importance. If the State Barís records prove Sanderís suppositions wrong, affirmative action policies can be pursued with greater confidence in their legitimacy. If Sander turns out to be right, no academic institution in the country will be able to avoid a serious reexamination of its use of affirmative action.

    You would think that the California State Bar, which promotes diversity in the legal profession and claims to be concerned about low bar pass rates for minority students, would welcome and encourage Sanderís research. After all, his research could provide answers to questions about disparities in bar admissions that have vexed the Bar for years.

    The Bar, however, does not want answers.


    News Source: cfac

    lillie knight
     Posted on: 2008-08-24 19:41:06
    I remember when I went to the University of Houston Bates College of Law, now called the UH Law Center, that there was a Hispanic student who couldn't handle it at all and would read out of the law book when the professor asked him questions. His attendance became spotty and after about 6 weeks he was completely gone.

    A total waste of an admission. I might add that my white brother who made essentially the same LSAT score that I did was not admitted into law school. At that time we didn't know why; we were bewildered. Now of course we know. It seemed inconceivable at that time that someone of lesser ability would gain access over someone with greater ability.

    All I can hope is that they overpadded the admissions to make up for this attrition, but probably not.

    I generally think college isn't fair and that it has effectively priced itself out of the market now anyway.

    I think a person's best option is self employment so no one can hold him or her back. This was not taught to a great extent in my business degree. It was more of a company man type education that did not serve me well at the City of Houston where minorities were handed excellent paying jobs (often more than what I was making) just because they were a minority.

    In the early years at the city this pattern of giving undeserving people jobs, raises and promotions was bewildering; then it became depressing and in the latter years it was simply exhausting working with people who were stupid and didn't run things right and were more oppressive than whites had ever been, even to their own people. Here's something that may come as a surprise (I was surprised); some have a really bad mean streak; of course not all, but some are very, very mean. This mean propensity gets worse the higher and more important their job description is. This would probably explain the Idi Amins and other meanies in the third world.

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