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Ron: As I have mentioned often, 95% of the women (and the men) who have graduated from “selective” law schools (not the best, just the ones difficult to get into) start out overrepresenting the 1% wealthiest of society while most of society has no access to lawyers.
Debra: I’d like to see the data supporting that statement, which seems unlikely to me. Even if you’re correct about that, however, there are plenty of lawyers in the US and plenty of law students in US law schools. Different societal incentives – like decent paychecks, prestige, availability of training, etc. – would benefit public interest law positions just as they would benefit teachers, social workers, day care workers, nurses and every other underappreciated career in our overly money-focused society. But the choice of where to devote one’s career efforts remains, thankfully, a personal one. Requiring anyone to pursue a career path he does not want to pursue is as wrong and short-sighted as barring him from going after one he does want to pursue.