Group Sues Harvard Law Review and NYU for Discriminating Against White Men
A group from Texas is suing the Harvard Law Review and New York University Law Review for discriminating against white men. They argue that the publications give preferential treatment to articles written by women and minorities and allege that they illegally use “race and sex preferences” to select its members. They’re essentially saying anybody who has been published in the Harvard Law Review, who is not a white man, was probably the beneficiary of preferential treatment. The group -- Faculty, Alumni, and Students Opposed to Racial Preferences -- is demanding that the Education Department immediately cut federal funding from both schools until the journals stop considering race or sex. Harvard’s law review selects 48 editors each year from its first-year class. Twenty are picked based solely on their scores on a writing competition, 10 are chosen by weighing a mix of grades and writing-competition scores, and 18 are offered membership “through a holistic but anonymous review” that considers “racial or ethnic identity, physical disability status, gender identity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status,” according to the review’s website. NYU’s law review accepts 50 students, weighing scores in a writing competition and grades for 38 of them. Twelve students are selected by the Diversity Committee. Membership on the journals, which publish articles by top scholars, is a credential that can boost a student’s prospects for a prestigious judicial clerkship and a high-paying legal job. At top schools, working at the law journal is seen as an honor, and many alumni have gone on to prominent jobs in public service. Past editors of the Harvard Law Review include former President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and four current members of the U.S. Supreme Court. A federal judge in Boston is scheduled to hear testimony next week in a lawsuit driven by an anti-affirmative action advocate over claims that Harvard discriminated against Asian Americans in undergraduate admissions. The Justice Department is also probing bias in admissions at Harvard and Yale universities. More here.