The Right Coast

February 23, 2006
"Due Process" Evidently Not the ABA's Strong Suit
By Gail Heriot

By now you've probably heard about the ABA's Council on the Section on Legal Education's new diversity standards for law schools. What you may not know is that the ABA also took the opportunity two weekends ago to endorse the proposed Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (known as the "Akaka Bill"). Strangely, it apparently never occurred to anyone at the ABA that they might want to alert those who oppose the bill that the matter was under consideration at the ABA and perhaps even invite input from them. Perish the thought that the ABA would want to hear both sides of the controversy. Those who are leading the opposition (including those in the Senate) were caught unaware.