President Zack: “Lawyers and Judges Must Represent the Community They Serve”
Today’s census numbers underscore the urgent need for the U.S. legal profession to become more diverse. One in six Americans is now of Hispanic heritage; the Asian-American population has more than doubled in the last 10 years. Today’s minorities will indeed be tomorrow’s majorities. But today’s increasingly multi-racial America is not yet accurately reflected in the U.S. legal system. This must change, fast: lawyers and judges must represent the community they serve.
The big spike in the U.S. Hispanic population is exactly why, this year, the ABA formed the first-ever Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities. Tomorrow, the commission meets in New York City to hear testimony on legal issues important to the Latino community. The commission’s first set of policy recommendations will come out this summer. This effort and the dedicated work of the ABA Diversity Center are crucial to maintaining the rule of law and the strength of the United States justice system for generations to come.
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