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dents is the most common type of
Sen. Kate Witek of Omaha pro
posed a similar resolution in the
Nebraska Legislature this year.
LR314CA was killed Feb. 18 in the
Judiciary Committee, however.
If the amendment would have
passed, LeMieux said, “you couldn’t
have minority law recruitment days.
That would be outlawed.”
At the University of Texas law
school, until the Hopwood Case, 10
percent of students were Mexican
Americans and 5 percent were blacks.
After the Hopwood Case, only four out
of 468 students were minorities -
about 1 percent
The Hopwood Case in Texas stated
universities “could not use race as a
factor in deciding” whom to admit.
This affected states such as Louisiana,
Mississippi and Texas.
Nationally, though, there has not
been a substantial decrease in national
minority enrollment, Romero said.
He is hoping the recruitment cam
paign will counter the negative public
ity regarding affirmative action and
encourage minorities to apply for law
“We want (minorities) to know we
welcome their applications,” Romero
Although the number of minority
students at NU’s law school is above
the national percentage of minorities
in the legal profession, that does not
mean all of those students will go into
the legal profession after graduation,
said Glenda Pierce, assistant dean of
the NU College of Law.
Nationally,^ percent of the
nation’s lawyers are minorities, and
less than 4 percent are black.
Also, NU College of Law is about
10 percentage points below the nation
al percentage of minorities in law
Pierce said 10 to 11 percent of the
NU law college’s students are minori
ties. This is due, in part, to the smaller
pool of applicants Nebraska has, she
According to Law School
Admission Council records, of all
American Bar Association-approved
law schools, 20 percent of their stu
dents are minorities. Most schools in
the United States are ABA-approved.
The 20 percent includes blacks,
Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans,
other Hispanic groups, American
Indians and Asian Americans.
NU’s Minority Law Day is held
every year to promote legal education
and to introduce the college to
prospective students, Pierce said.
“The idea behind this is to reach
out and provide information to stu
dents of color in law school,” she said.
Participants will hear about prepa
rations for law school, the LSAT and
In areas where laws against affir
mative action have been put into place,
minority students tend to stay away,
During Minority Law
Recruitment Month, law schools
nationwide need to convey that
minorities have a place in the legal pro
fession, Romero said.
“The organization is committed to
diversity and education. It is essential
there is access to the legal profession
by all members of the society,”
“We want to make sure that we
make that fact known.”
Man charged for DN theft
University police have a suspect
in the theft of nearly $7,000 of camera
equipment taken from the Daily
Nebraskan offices a few weeks ago.
Samuel Zollicoffer Jr., 25, was
arrested by Lincoln police for nar
cotics possession Tuesday when
police searched his home in the 500
block of North 28th Street
University police contacted
Zollicoffer in jail Wednesday regard
ing the missing camera equipment,
University Police Sgt Mylo Bushing
When Zollicoffer was uncoopera
tive, police cited him for possession
of stolen property for a lens he had
More charges could follow if he is
identified by witnesses from the cam
era store to which he allegedly sold
half of the stolen equipment for $ 125.
Knife fight ends in arrest
A domestic argument escalated
into a knife fight around 2 a.m.
Thursday in an apartment at the 4400
block of South 27th Street
Dennis Phillips, 44, was arguing
with the woman he lives with, Joy
Orth, 29, when Orth became upset
and picked up a large knife, Sgt Ann
Orth then started swinging the
knife and cut Phillips on both his
arms and back.
Police arrested Orth for second
p Diversity in History
Editor’s note: Each day during Black History Month, the Daily Nebraskan
*?5* will tell the story of a minority who made an important contribution in
Because he guided the founding of the Association
for the Study of Negro Life and History in Chicago in
%g J* Because he directed and edited the Journal of Negro
*550^0 History from 1916 to 1950;
Because he served as Howard University’s liberal
ar*s dean and the dean of West Virginia State College
in Institute, W.Va;
£-0”% Because he organized and became president of
the Associated Publishers in 1922, which became
<**'-'*■ the most important black American-owned publishing
company for three decades;
Because he received the National Association
for the Advancement of Colored People’s Spingarn
Medal in 1925 for collecting and publishing the
records of blacks in America;
Because he inaugurated Negro History Week in
1926 and the Negro History Bulletin in 1937;
Because he went on to publish several books
on black history, including The Negro in Our
History, which became the standard black history
text for.many years;
Carter Godwin Woodson is known as “the father of
black history” and an editor and educator who
. Ja spearheaded early efforts to chronicle black history
em’W and work for its inclusion in American history texts
before his death on April 3, 1950.
Larry Willis was incorrectly identified in a Daily Nebraskan article
Thursday. Willis is a Residence Hall Association senator.
GIVE IT A $ H o
NU Women vs- Iowa State
Saturday, February 28 at 7 pm
at Bob Devaney Sports Center
Promotion: Free Burger King coupons will be given away to the
first SO students at the game.
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