The October issue of the Texas Bar Journal contained a jarring irony. On the cover of “The Civil Litigation Issue” is an image of Justitia, the blindfolded Lady Justice, symbolizing a legal system that dispenses equal justice to all, without regard to race, sex, or ethnicity. On page 693 of the same issue is a full-page notice that the State Bar of Texas is seeking nominations for a “minority director” to serve on the bar’s board of directors. “A minority member of the State Bar,” we are told, “is any lawyer who is female, African-American, Hispanic- American, Native American, or Asian- American.” In other words, white males need not apply. Texas has a disgraceful history of race discrimination, earning the state notoriety in landmark cases such as Sweatt v. Painter (1950) and Hopwood v. Texas (1996). Reserving positions on the bar’s board of directors for persons of a particular race, gender, or ethnicity is antithetical to the ideal of equal justice under the law. The State Bar of Texas should be ashamed to celebrate blindfolded justice while simultaneously engaging in race and sex discrimination. This odious practice should end. MARK PULLIAM Austin ON TWITTER RE: “EASY ACCESS,” OCTOBER 2016, P. 684 About time. Achieving a statewide system for electronic court records. Adriana M. Chávez (@AdrianaatNMSU) RE: “IF NOT HIGHER,” OCTOBER 2016, P. 676 Proud to be a lawyer this morning. You will tear up reading these. Thanks @festevenson2 and @statebaroftexas. Ron Satija (@spiritualBK) .@festevenson2’s president’s column reminds us about the lives changed by #probono assistance. #mustread #SBOT. American Bar Association Division for Bar Services (@ABABarServices) • Tell us what you think via @statebaroftexas, firstname.lastname@example.org, or P.O. Box 12487, Austin, TX 78711-2487. Letters addressed to the Texas Bar Journal may be edited for clarity and length and become the property of the magazine, which owns all rights to their use.
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