Thursday, July 1, 2021
The comments on the Council of the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar's proposal to modify and add to Standards 205, 206, 303, 507, and 508 closed earlier this week. Although a few were supportive, a significant majority of the comments were critical.
Some of the more interesting comments were by Adam Lamparello, Scott Fruehwald, Yale Law School, CLEA, Various Law Professors. (Note: the fact that I call them interesting does not mean that I agree with all of them.)
There are several articles concerning the academy's and bar's reaction to the proposals:
Hon. Kenneth L. Markus ( Founder and Chairman, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law), Legal Scholars Castigate the American Bar Association’s Proposed Diversity Standards
Richard Peltz-Steele (Massachusetts), Law profs fault vague, empty ABA 'diversity' proposal
Karen Sloan (Law.Com), ABA Gets an Earful Over Proposed Diversity Training Mandate for Law Students
As I mentioned earlier this week, I am particularly troubled by the proposal concerning 303(c) because it is based on unproven and disputed social science.
The Council should next consider these matters in August.