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UM Law

Friday, November 18, 2005

Discriminatory Recruitment

Tortious has provided some thoughtful commentary on the job/scholarship that has been discussed in previous posts:

I would just like to clarify that my original "beef" was the inconsistency with which the UM Law administration applies its policies. I would not ban the firm from campus, nor would I ban the military. I wouldn't ban anyone. The policy is simply a bad one.

How odd it is that they teach us the importance of proper representation of all clients, regardless of their political views or the crime they have comitted. Why shouldn't the KKK, ACLU, ADL, Nazis, Commies, or whoever else wants to recruit be allowed to do so? I certainly don't need Dean Lynch to babysit me with regards to my employment choices. Consider that many of us may go on to criminal work, and find ourselves defending child molestors and embezzling CEOs. They deserve representation too. But a Marine charged with disorderly conduct resulting from a bar fight doesn't deserve a UM Law student representing him? He doesn't deserve one of us helping him to prepare a will before he ships off to Iraq? Phooey.

The military isn't the KKK or the Nazi party. Their reasons for descriminating are not out of animus towards particular groups, rather for practical needs of defending the nation. Even assuming, arguendo, their policies to be unwise, they are rational. The law firm in question has a rational reason for discriminating as well.

So why the double standard? Let them all come.


  • At 11:35 PM, Blogger Tortious Inference said…

    I think that you may run into other issues with ok-ing the KKK or Nazis on the UM campus period.

  • At 10:06 AM, Blogger Bricklayer said…

    Point taken, but suppose a pro-life (anti-abortion) legal foundation wants to recruit interns for the specific purpose of overturning Roe. Or a libertarian thinktank wants help preparing amici briefs to oppose affirmative action? Should these groups be banned?

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