Professor Robert Reinstein delivered brief remarks in accepting the Justice Sotomayor Diversity Award on behalf of the Liacouras Committee. His remarks are available here. The Liacouras Committee was convened in 1970 to investigate racial bias in the Pennsylvania bar examination process. The Committee’s report confirmed the presence of widespread bias and made several recommendations for eliminating discrimination in the bar examination process, which were adopted by the Board of Law Examiners. The Committee is credited with bringing about a “sea change” in the ability of African-Americans to practice law in Pennsylvania.
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