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Race-conscious admissions policies play crucial role in social justice

The Boston Bar Association applauds Attorney General Maura Healey’s decision and that of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to speak out in favor of race-conscious admissions policies in higher education (“Healey, MIT urge court to uphold affirmative action,” Nov. 2). The association and seven local affinity bar associations stand united in support of these policies, which we believe foster diversity in higher education.

Diversity within the legal profession could not be achieved without a continuous pipeline of diverse law school students. And in turn, diversity at the law school level could not be supported without diverse representation in undergraduate institutions. The limited use of race in college admissions is vital to the legal profession’s goals of achieving racial and ethnic diversity. Without diversity, the legal profession cannot reflect the society it serves, an outcome that ultimately erodes public confidence in the judicial system.

Lisa Arrowood, president

Boston Bar Association, Boston