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Courts Order Black Lawyers for Black Clients

Should race-obsessed judges be allowed to pursue affirmative action policies by stealth?

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Ian Smith

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November 19, 2013 - 11:09 am
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The promotion of diversity has been a well-known feature of the legal profession for many years. Surprisingly less well-known is the imposition of racial quotas on law firms by the actual courts themselves.

So-called “diversity orders” have been issued for years by federal judges in class-action proceedings to mandate that plaintiffs’ counsel be diverse enough to “effectively represent’” their class member-clients. The underlying assumption apparently being that proper representation can only be provided when counsel and class racially concord. Recently, the constitutionality of diversity orders was made the subject of a Supreme Court petition.

The case, Martin v Blessing, was an important one to watch. If review had not been denied, the more ideological judges within the federal judiciary might have seen the decision as a green light to impose more of these types of orders, not only in class-action proceedings, but perhaps elsewhere as well.

The Martin case derives from a 2010 antitrust lawsuit against Sirius-XM Radio, which raised fees on subscribers following the takeover of its only industry rival. Unhappy with the negotiated settlement (plaintiffs got a guarantee that subscriptions wouldn’t rise for 5 months, attorneys got $13 million in fees), class members filed another challenge which also included an objection to a “diversity order” made during class-certification proceedings. Before he agreed to certify class counsel, Manhattan District Court Judge Harold Baer Jr. ordered that they “ensure that the lawyers staffed on the case fairly reflect the class composition in terms of relevant race and gender metrics.” Aware of the huge fees lead counsel roles can bring, the candidate firm apparently failed to mount any protest and dutifully complied with the order.

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If you don't have a problem with this you might be a racist. In fact, it would be a pretty good bet.
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Affirmative action is unconstitutional - no ifs, ands, or buts about it. It is a policy that overtly favors one class, race, gender over another and should never have been instituted in the first place.

As a 'victim' of affirmative action on more than one occasion, I have grown bitter toward this government which I was taught - I'm seventy-five years old - was the greatest nation on earth. As I've aged, I've come to view the decline of this nation with a most jaundiced eye. I have become more and more anti-government and wary toward a Legislature and Executive and Court system that is, if anything, my inimical to me and my family's well being.

And, I'm sad to say, the situation is unlikely to change but will, if not worsen, stay the same. We may talk political change and a return to more modest government, but, short of a revolution, that will not happen.
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47 weeks ago
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Begs the question. Of course they shouldn't.
47 weeks ago
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I am just wondering what are we going to say when they ask "how did you let this happen?" these are nazis plain and simple. we know how well that worked out.
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Well, since class action suits are little more than a way for the legal profession to extort money from those who actually provide useful goods to consumers, these judges are doing a service by demanding that the shakedown proceeds be spread around a bit.
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Where this is really bad is in medical school admissions. To meet quotas blacks have a much easier standard to meet, and American Born Chinese kids are basically screwed. I would be seriously reluctant to see a black doctor. Some are great of course, but the standards are dropped faster than a Tyrell Pryor pass.
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What will happen when the case is lost and the plaintiff sues on this basis of legal malpractice?
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It's a win-win! If you lose the case, it's because the government interfered with your choice of legal representation! Retrial!
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If you don't have a problem with this you might be a racist. In fact, it would be a pretty good bet.
48 weeks ago
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They might want to ask the black criminals about that. Given a choice between a brother and a Jew, they'll demand the Jew.
48 weeks ago
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I do expert witness work. I have seen the results of affirmative action on the legal profession.

It ain't pretty.

48 weeks ago
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There is a disturbing amount of truth to that.
The Mafia was built on Sicilian gangsters and Jewish lawyers.
This was touched on in the Godfather. The Corleone family's lawyer was Sid Klein.
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AFFIRMATIVE action is RACISM
48 weeks ago
48 weeks ago Link To Comment
Affirmative action is unconstitutional - no ifs, ands, or buts about it. It is a policy that overtly favors one class, race, gender over another and should never have been instituted in the first place.

As a 'victim' of affirmative action on more than one occasion, I have grown bitter toward this government which I was taught - I'm seventy-five years old - was the greatest nation on earth. As I've aged, I've come to view the decline of this nation with a most jaundiced eye. I have become more and more anti-government and wary toward a Legislature and Executive and Court system that is, if anything, my inimical to me and my family's well being.

And, I'm sad to say, the situation is unlikely to change but will, if not worsen, stay the same. We may talk political change and a return to more modest government, but, short of a revolution, that will not happen.
48 weeks ago
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