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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Harvard Law Review Hits Back Against Discrimination Claims

Harvard Law ReviewNational Law Journal, Harvard Law Review Hits Back Against Discrimination Claims:

The Harvard Law Review and Harvard University have come out swinging against a lawsuit that claims the legal journal employs racial and gender preferences in violation of federal antidiscrimination laws.

The Harvard defendants this week filed separate motions to dismiss the suit brought in October by a Texas group called Faculty, Alumni, and Students Opposed to Racial Preferences (FASORP), which claims that the law review’s policies regarding the selection of student editors and articles runs afoul of Title IX and Title VI because it disadvantages white males. The same group also sued the New York University Law Review with nearly identical claims, though the defendants in that case have yet to respond in court. ...

The Harvard defendants pulled no punches in their motions to dismiss, calling the allegations “threadbare” and riddled with “fatal defects.” First, the plaintiff—a self-described “voluntary membership organization that litigates against race and sex preferences in academia” of which membership is confidential—lacks standing to sue because it doesn’t identify a single law student, professor or Harvard Law Review alumni who was allegedly injured by the law review’s racial preference policies, the motions argue.

Update: In Legal Ploy, Harvard University Divorces Harvard Law Review

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2018/12/harvard-law-review-hits-back-against-discrimination-claims.html

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Comments

But Harvard discriminates in admissions, so it's sort of baked in whatever the law review does

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Dec 20, 2018 4:08:58 AM

If you want to communicate, post something sensible and tell a blogger - like the TaxProf.

Traffic analytics site "Similarweb" seems to say the world visits even this specialty site more often and stays longer than at harvardlawreview.org. Go viral with its social media links and run up SSRN download score as you're already onto your next big idea. While the competition's still bogged down in kids tweaking their toe-jam of footnotes.

If you want to learn to edit, look to newspaper writing.

A Daily Mail editor teaches a very cheap evening class at the nonprofit Leadership institute and there must be others. You'll write serious, clear and fun articles like the law students read on the laptops they should be taking notes on.

And if you want a job without untold weeks of rigged competition to practice making legalese duller, why not see about "banning the box" of law review from resumes and interviews? Don't lawyers frown on biased employment tests?

Posted by: Anand Desai | Dec 20, 2018 6:03:42 AM