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"If the lawsuit shows that diversity is
the goal and not a quota, that would be
a benefit," Ennis said.
Law third-year student Scot Hill said
he welcomes the lawsuit for several
"On a policy level, from what I under-
stand of the admissions policies, they are
ecting people based on their race and
nd that intolerable," Hill said.
Cantor pointed out that diversity has
been a priority at the University for
more than 100 years and cited an 1879
speech by former University President
James Angell that stressed the impor-
tance of a diverse student body.
"We are really at risk of narrowing
,.,in our sense to one historical period,
w ereas this University has been pur-
suing these policies for a long time"
wiector Gutierrez, who chairs the
Latino Law Students Association, said
the lawsuit threatens to remove mea-
sures that are necessary to promote
diversity on campus.
"This isn't a color-blind society,"
said Guiterrez, a Law second-year stu-
dent. "We need it now to promote
equality, to let minority students know
that they have an opportunity, that they
0 pursue goals and dreams they his-
torically had no idea were out there."
. Guiterrez said he is uncertain about
the lawsuit's repercussions on applica-
tions to the Law School. Prospective
Law students may or may not care
about attending the Law School during
a possibly tumultuous time for the
University, he said.
"One of the things it may do is have
wbat we call a quote-unquote chilling
ct," Guiterrez said, referring to stu-
ts questioning the Law School's
policies and the environment the law-
suit may produce.
"Law first-year student Allie
Slechter, co-chair of the Native
'American Law Students
Association, said Law students most
likely will channel their feelings
"I hope that the reaction that comes
m the Law School is very intellectu-
T and well thought-out," Shlechter said.
"I would like to think my fellow stu-
dents are (not) being irrational about it
and taking things to personal levels"
Shlechter said she anticipates most
reaction to the lawsuit during its
entire litigation to be funneled
through panels and discussions, not
necessarily through protests and
"I hope everyone walks away having
arned something about the other
side's perspective;" Shlechter said.
The Coalition to Defend Affirmative
'Action By Any Means Necessary, which
organized several protests to the original
lawsuit, said the group did not hold a
rally against the second lawsuit because
they were unsure about its contents.
"It's not as momentous as the lawsuit
being filed in the first place, but people
going to be angry;' said LSA senior
ssica Curtin, one of BAMN's most
- Daily Staff Reporter Janet Adamy
contributed to this report.
'U' answers first CIR lawsuit
Law third-year student Eugene Mel listens yesterday to University Provost Nancy
Cantor and Law Dean Jeffrey Lehman discuss the recent lawsuit challenging the
admissions policies of the University's Law School.
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