We hear a lot about diversity. Yet the kind of diversity that academia needs most is rarely mentioned. Nick Rosenkranz at VC notes that the Harvard Federalist Society is doing something about it:
The Harvard Chapter of the Federalist Society is hosting a very important conference tomorrow on intellectual diversity in the legal academy.The conference agenda is here. I won't make it to Cambridge tomorrow, so I hope this comes out is some recorded form in the not-too-distant future.
Many people realize that legal academia "leans" to the left. But even alumni -- indeed, even major donors -- are often unaware of the extent of the imbalance. At Georgetown, for example, the ratio of liberals to conservatives/libertarians is roughly 116 to 3. At most top schools, the ratio is similar. One might quibble about definitions, but even on the broadest conception of "conservative" or "libertarian" or, let's just say, "right of the American center," most top law schools can count such professors on one hand. In public law, and particularly constitutional law, the disparity is even more extreme.
Does that Georgetown number includes adjuncts? If so, C&C readers can guess one of the three.