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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The Culture War in American Legal Education Is Expanding

Ross Muscato January 18, 2023

A broad-ranging and growing progressive movement in American legal education and higher education is upending and reforming policies and practices in pursuit of increasing diversity in student bodies, as The Epoch Times reported recently.  In the legal education sector, the movement is one in which some of the most prestigious law schools, and the American Bar Association (ABA), which accredits the nation’s law schools, are aligned.  And the coalition pushing the change has been chalking up wins.

But there is also strong pushback to the progressive agenda, with conservative and traditional-oriented advocacy organizations—and like-minded legal scholars and lawyers—asserting that what is happening in legal education is evidence of critical merit and competency being drastically and profoundly devalued in America, and freedom of speech being suppressed.

Dueling views on and approaches to how the law should be taught and practiced—with the law a fundamental underpinning of the constitutional republic that is America—play out during a period in which, as a Politico National Tracking Poll reports, 70 percent of registered voters say the country is on the “wrong track.”.............The Legal Insurrection Foundation is a conservative organization that has been a consistent and pointed critic of what it views as the ABA’s push to integrate woke policies into the teaching and practice of law...........“We are in a culture war in this country,”..................To Read More....

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