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Sunday, January 6, 2019

A Catholic Perspective On Law School Diversity Requirements

Teresa Stanton Collett (St. Thomas), A Catholic Perspective on Law School Diversity Requirements:

“Diversity” is a polarizing concept in American politics. I argue that under current legal education guidelines and policies, it is a concept that is Ill-defined, clumsily implemented, and often justified on grounds that have been rejected by the US Supreme Court. My quarrel is not with the underlying perception that cultural pluralism is increasing both here and abroad, nor with the idea that such pluralism can be the entry point to a more just and peaceful world. My quarrel is with the legal academy’s embrace of what others have called “check-the-box diversity” with little to no attention to viewpoint diversity and authentic dialogue. This is evidenced by both the development of a grievance culture on campus as well as a dangerous refusal to engage ideas and arguments that differ from the dominate liberal worldview. Sadly there is little to no evidence that Catholic law schools differ from their secular counterparts in this area.

This should not be so, given the guidance of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education on multicultural dialogue. By embracing the Church’s approach to educating students in a multi-cultural society, I argue that Catholic law schools could and should become places of authentic dialogue, cultural appreciation and reform, and a more universal understanding of justice and the role law can play in responding to the challenges of our time.

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Comments

you could say law schools are no longer - if they ever were (Ref: HLS in "on the basis of sex") - catholic.

Posted by: anon | Jan 6, 2019 10:03:55 PM

"the legal academy’s embrace of what others have called “check-the-box diversity” with little to no attention to viewpoint diversity and authentic dialogue"

Because the goal is more to wield a political weapon than it is truly caring about accommodating those different than oneself. Which is why what they get is exactly what they wanted.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Jan 7, 2019 3:26:16 AM