Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

How Many Tenured Law Professors Are Black?

ABA Journal, How Many Tenured Law Professors Are Black? Public Data Does Not Say:

DeoAfter unrest escalated across the nation following the killings of George Floyd and other African Americans by police, many law schools issued solidarity and anti-racism statements.

But a fair number of those institutions have few if any Black tenured professors, says Meera Deo, the author of Unequal Profession: Race and Gender in Legal Academia.

“We know from the little data available that there are very few tenured Black law professors in the U.S.,” she told the ABA Journal. “One of the key findings from my book is that the low numbers of Black tenured professors and other professors of color contribute to ongoing biases in legal academia.”

According to Deo and other legal academics, no legal groups publish the data. The information is also not available from the council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, which the U.S. Department of Education recognizes as the national accrediting agency for law schools. ...

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