« on: February 27, 2005, 12:00:56 AM »
Yes, it's hard to see when someone with the same credentials gets into a better school than you do possibly because their race was a "thumb on the scale"
However, I have a different perspective on things. I am in charge of hiring for a small firm that has a clientele that is 50% minority. We have a heck of a time finding minority lawyers to hire. I have been working like crazy to make sure that we do, but haven't succeeded yet. For our clients, it helps when our staff looks like they do. It makes the clients more comfortable. The clients are the reason that we have a firm to begin with.
When I first started working at our firm 6 years ago, the owner would just try and talk lawyers he knew (all white males) about coming to work for him. It was bad practice and bad for the firm. It has been a battle to get him to realize that we need to have a staff that is as diverse as our client pool is. I have finally gotten him to agree, but only about 5% of the resumes I got were from African-Americans.
We need more black lawyers!