Skool wrote:Do they ever have talks at SEO's summer institute about the history of discrimination/segregation in the white shoe law firms? Like how the elite firms refused to hire Leon Higginbotham and Bill Coleman (they had insanely good credentials). Or the fact that John Davis (of Davis Polk) represented the segregationists in Brown v. Board?
No. They don't want to bite the hand that feeds. And frankly, how would you even bring that up in a way that is respectful? To me, those sound like good topics for student orgs to cover within law school.
Eh. You bring it up in a way that's truthful, respectful or not.
And if you're really asking, SEO's little logo is a flight of stairs. It's important to remember the old guys who built the actual stairs to these law firms, and it wasn't SEO. It's our profession and as people of color, our history within it is super fascinating.
In terms of our professional history, our social responsibility as attorneys of color, and our knowledge of the context we'll actually work in, there seems like there's plenty of angles from which to discuss this.
Edit: also, not all firms were equally villains. Paul Weiss was actually a legit hero.