The Right Coast

February 18, 2006
Not quite sure what the ABA is thinking
By Tom Smith

I don't follow affirmative action law. I mostly ignore it in the hopes it will make more sense by the time I have to learn about it. But, I don't quite see how the ABA thinks this is going to work. Isn't this a bit like putting a big "sue me" sign on your back? It puts small, but undeniably cute law schools such as USD in a particularly difficult position, I would think, since I would guess it is easier to stand up to the ABA if you are UCLA or Boalt Hall, and you have the state of California behind you. But then, both those schools may not want to stand up to the ABA on this one. It is going to be a big, confusing mess. Happy deaning to you deans out there.