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Rodrigo's Riposte: The Mismatch Theory Of Law School Admissions, Richard Delgado Aug 2007

Rodrigo's Riposte: The Mismatch Theory Of Law School Admissions, Richard Delgado

University of Pittsburgh School of Law Working Paper Series

The chronicle proceeds as a dialogue between the fictional alter ego, Rodrigo Crenshaw, and an older professor. After meeting in Rodrigo’s city, the two friends, joined later by “Giannina,” go out to dinner. Rodrigo, who is on his law school’s admissions committee, has been thinking about affirmative action.

Prompted by his conservative colleague “Laz,” Rodrigo has formulated a several-pronged attack on Sander’s premise that “stairstep” admissions (and, later, law firm hiring) just hurts the cause of black lawyers.

The professor presses Rodrigo to defend his views, and the arrival of Giannina requires him to articulate them even ...