NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION FILES
AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF
WITH U.S. SUPREME COURT ON THE NEED FOR DIVERSITY IN
The New York State Bar Association has filed a “friend of the
court,” or amicus curiae, brief with the United States Supreme
Court in the case of Abigail Noel Fisher v. University of Texas at
Austin, et al., which deals with race as a factor in undergraduate
“Our brief emphasizes the importance of promoting diversity in
the legal profession because of the central role that lawyers, judges
and legal institutions play in our society,” said State Bar
President Seymour W. James, Jr. of New York City (The Legal Aid
Society). “As our nation’s demographics change, it is
crucial for our profession to reflect the diversity of our population.
To that end, it is essential for our nation's colleges to graduate
talented and qualified diverse candidates, and to encourage them to
enter the legal profession,“ he added.