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Nebraska Lawyer (August 2008): 6-13.
"Access to legal education (and thus the legal profession) must be inclusive of talented and qualified individuals of every race and ethnicity, so that all members of our heterogeneous society may participate in the educational institutions that provide the training and education necessary to succeed in America."34 Our law schools' ability to recruit, admit, and graduate minority students directly affects the likelihood that Nebraska's legal community will be as reflective and inclusive of the growing diversity in the state as we believe it should be. Given the impact affirmative action bans have had in other states on access to law school, and higher education in general, the choice then seems straightforward: we must either zealously support affirmative action in principle and in practice, or we must dispense with the empty rhetoric of social justice as a core tenet of our personal and organizational philosophies. The Nebraska State Bar Association's Executive Council voted to oppose the concept of the petition language to end affirmative action and will continue to participate in and lead initiatives designed to have our profession reflect the rich diversity that is Nebraska.