Expert on Social and Economic Inequality to Speak at Law School
Posted on November 27, 2012
UCLA law professor Richard Sander, author of a controversial, comprehensive study of affirmative action in law schools, will speak at noon on Thursday, Nov. 29, in the E.J. Ball Courtroom at the University of Arkansas School of Law. The presentation is free and open to the public, and lunch will be served.
Sander’s research focuses on questions of social and economic inequality. He has studied housing segregation, the reasons behind the American legal profession’s explosive growth since the 1960s, and the structure and effects of law school admissions policies. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and an M.A., juris doctor and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
In 1989, Sander joined the faculty of the UCLA School of Law. With Kris Knaplund, he published in 1995 the first comparative evaluation of academic support programs used in legal education. After California voters approved Proposition 209 in 1996 – banning the use of race in various government programs, including admissions at the University of California – Sander successfully argued for the adoption of class-based preferences in the law school’s admissions, and published a study on the results of this experiment in 1997.
Sander was one of seven UCLA faculty members and staff who launched the Program in Public Interest Law and Policy, which created a distinct curriculum aimed at public interest students. From 1998 to 2004, Sander helped to steer the “After the JD” study, the first national panel study of law school graduates.
In 2004, Sander published “A Systemic Analysis of Affirmative Action in American Law Schools” in the Stanford Law Review, which focused particularly on the ways in which large preferences imposed unexpected but substantial costs on their intended beneficiaries. Among other topics, he will discuss this study and his book, Mismatch: How Affirmative Action Hurts Students It’s Intended to Help, and Why Universities Won’t Admit It, coauthored with Stuart Taylor Jr.
Copies of Mismatch will be available for purchase and inscription.