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20 B. C. Third World L. J. 1 (2000)
Foreword: A Parallel Community--People of Color Legal Scholarship Conferences and the Advancement of Legal Education

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The First National Meeting of the Regional People of Color Legal
Scholarship Conferences presented an opportunity to exchange ideas
about legal education and substantive areas of the law. The meeting
was also a grand occasion for celebration. Over the last thirty years,
the doors to teaching in law schools have been opened wider, and
many teachers of color have entered.1 This increased diversity makes
legal education more dynamic and better prepares students to be-
come lawyers who are more responsive to the needs of society. With-
out need for citation or footnote, I can say very confidently that legal
education is better now because of the more diverse professoriate.
During the actual meeting, many warm and admiring references
were made to the Two Lindas. These two key organizers were Linda
R. Crane and Linda S. Greene, both of whom have made written con-
tributions to this symposium issue. Professor Crane's article, Reflec-
tions from the Chair-The Road Taken: Honoring the Decade of
Scholarship by Law Professors of Color in U.S. Law Schools and the
People of Color Movement (1989-1999),2 reflects the great care de-
voted to planning the National Meeting. With Professor Crane playing
a most pivotal role from the very beginning of the process, there was a
* Deputy Director, Association of American Law Schools (1999-2001); Professor, Uni-
versity of California, Hastings College of the Lam, J.D., New York University School of Law,
1980; BA., Temple University, 1977. While I attended the National Meeting as the repre-
sentative of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), the views expressed herein
are my ownsm and do not necessarily reflect those of the AALS.
1 The AAIS Statistical Report on Law School Faculty and Candidates for Law Faculty
Positions (1998-99), prepared by Richard A. White, AALS Research Associate/Data Ana-
lyst, reported that of 7,942 persons reporting ehtnicity in the AALS Directory of Law
Teachers, 13.3% identified as people of color. This percentage reflects an increase fiom
10.8% reported minority group law teachers for the year 1991-92 in the AALS Directory of
Law Teachers. For further comparison, see Richard H. Chused, The Hiring and Retention of
MVinoities and Women on American Law School Faculties, 137 U. PA. L. REv. 537, 538 (1988)
(reporting that a survey of law schools reflected 5.4% minority law teachers in 1986-87 and
about 3.8% in 1980-81).
2 20 B.C. THIRD WORLD Lj. 13 (2000).

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