San Francisco Law Firms Pledge to End Hiring From UC
In response to the plummeting minority enrollments at University of California law schools, San Francisco's top attorneys issued an ultimatum Wednesday. Representatives from 50 leading law firms and San Francisco's Bar Association said they would no longer hire UC graduates unless the school admits more students of color.
The group criticized UC because minority enrollment at Berkeley, Davis and Los Angeles law schools dropped to almost nothing after the UC system ended its affirmative action program.
Attorney James Brosnahan asked if the UC Board of Regents intended "to tell the legal employers in the Bay Area that they will not be graduating minority lawyers in any great numbers any more?" Lawyer Steve Dunham said "A profession that doesn't reflect the citizens it serves doesn't work. We need diversity. Clients demand it, and the law firms must respond."
The group delivered a "Statement of Commitment" to the law school deans on Tuesday, saying that they would increase recruiting and interviewing at schools with diverse applicant pools.
UC Regent Ward Connerly disapproved of the lawyer's actions. "If you really want to hire a certain number of blacks, Latinos and people from Mars, employers should go out and give them scholarships when they're still in grades K-12, so the kids can become competitive," he said.
Lindbergh Porter, Jr., who is president-elect of the San Francisco bar and an African-American, said admissions committees should stop relying so heavily on test scores and grades. "We have to look at the individual to see who would make a good lawyer. When we hire attorneys, we rarely look at the indexes of how they scored. We as employers interview and look at the whole person."
Media Resources: San Jose Mercury News - October 30, 1997
12/9/2013 Mixed Results for Afghanistan's Anti-Violence Against Women Law - The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released their annual report on violence against women in Afghanistan yesterday, revealing mixed results of the country's Elimination of Violence against Women Law.
"A Way to Go: An Update on Implementation of the Law on the Elimination of Violence against Women in Afghanistan [PDF]," found that there was a 28 percent increase in reports of violence against women from 2012 to 2013 , but only 17 percent of those were prosecuted under EVAW - a small 2 percent increase from last year.
The law, which was issued by the executive decree of President Hamid Karzai in 2009, criminalizes 22 acts of violence against women and specifies punishment for perpetrators. . . .