It’s All Right for Us to Discriminate

Walter Olson of the Cato Institute has a sharp post on an Eighth Circuit case involving the University of Iowa Law School. An applicant for a faculty position argues that she was turned down because of her conservative political beliefs.

With a hint of schadenfreude, Olson notes that law schools have labored mightily to fasten the rest of America, especially the business community, with anti-discrimination law that to a great extent prevents people from acting in accordance with their own standards and preferences when it comes to hiring people. Olson concludes, “It may be rather hard for [law schools] to mount a convincing complaint when they are made to drink from the same cup they have prepared for the rest of society.”

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. He holds a B.A. from Carroll College (Waukesha, Wis.) and a J.D. from ...

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