"I have spent my entire professional career working not only to promote diversity and belonging, but also, recognizing that neither diversity nor inclusion are power-neutral, advancing civil rights and equality in education," Nancy Chi Cantalupo said in a statement. "However, that work has almost always been bifurcated—either focusing on research or on the implementation of DEI programs and initiatives."
"The response by U.S. News to recent announcements by other law schools that have also chosen to withdraw—without responding to the substance of any of the significant issues raised—has caused greater concern, contributing to our decision," University of California, Irvine School of Law Dean Austen Parrish wrote in a statement to the community Wednesday.
"We are under no illusion that UCLA Law's decision will have a substantial impact on how law schools are evaluated by U.S. News," Interim Dean Russell Korobkin continued. "Approximately 80 percent of a law school's U.S. News 'score' is based on publicly available data and the surveys of reputation that U.S. News itself conducts, so U.S. News undoubtedly will continue to rank all of the law schools, perhaps with only minor methodological adjustments.
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Happy Wednesday from Avalon and Brad, and welcome to another round-up of the week's news about the judiciary. We are a few days early because of Thanksgiving.Related Stories
Many trademark practitioners have noted the USPTO's recent penchant for issuing refusals to register trademarks on the ground of failure to function as a trademark. The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board picked a colorful case to set precedent and provide some initial guidance on how it will evaluate failure to function refusals going forward.