Paul L. Caron

Friday, December 18, 2015

Law Prof:  Why I Sued My School

UALRFollowing up on my previous posts:

Robert Steinbuch (Arkansas-Little Rock), Why I Sued My Law School:

I have written here numerous times about differing admissions standards in my law school and elsewhere for minorities and how those policies often harm the individuals they're designed to help. Recently, I sought from my school an identity-redacted spreadsheet containing LSAT scores, college and law-school grade-point averages, race, gender and age for students who graduated from the law school and took the bar exam. My school has twice before given me the same records for prior periods. ...

I'm very concerned about how we treat all of our students, and I'm very sensitive to the conditions faced by members of cohorts that have suffered discrimination. I have no doubt that I'm influenced by, inter alai, the events that have shaped my perspective: My father lived under Nazi occupation and Soviet rule (in Siberia, in part) during World War II and then lived in a displaced-person's camp in occupied Germany after the War; Much of both of my parents' family were murdered by the Nazis; I grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood where anti-Jewish slurs were not uncommon; A swastika was painted on my family's driveway by a "fellow" student in my high school; And, my sister had pennies thrown at her as an anti-Semitic act. So, I'm highly sympathetic. But I'm also aware that feel-good politics can result in perverse outcomes. And the data support the view that we're harming the very individuals who we're trying to help. 

So, I will continue to pursue the truth in the face of the obstacles I face. That's what academia is supposed to be about, and I won't be cowed by the efforts of those seeking to block my access to the facts.

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Good for you, professor. I appreciate all you do, and always look forward to reading your updates.


Posted by: Theodore P. Savas | Dec 19, 2015 10:49:49 AM

For many of us, tenure really is the key to academic freedom.

Posted by: 30-year Prof | Dec 19, 2015 5:17:52 PM