Thursday, September 01, 2022

The Bad Old Days

...When I applied to Wall Street law firms, I was turned down by every one of them, despite my credentials, which included being first in my class at Yale Law School, the editor in chief of Yale Law Journal, a championship debater, a prospective Supreme Court law clerk, and a potential professor at a leading law school. Wall Street law firms practiced a brand of legal apartheid: there were "white-shoe" firms that hired only White Protestants with an occasional German Jew from a prominent banking family. But a Jewish kid from Brooklyn whose grandfather had immigrated from Poland was simply not eligible for these firms.

- Alan Dershowitz, The Case for Color-Blind Equality in an Age of Identity Politics

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