The law allows schools to strive for a "critical mass" of minority students. As law schools are already required to demonstrate a commitment to diversity, they must take steps to ensure that the pool of qualified candidates for positions in the academy expands instead of contracts. President Obama can have an impact on this process by taking steps to improve our educational system, encouraging students to make the most of their educations, and increasing the availability of higher education for all students. African Americans will then have access and ability to succeed in their academic pursuits. As a result, more will become law professors. Instead of remaining at the same level, the percentage of African American law professors will begin to rise. An increase in diversity would-be beneficial-to the academy and to our country.
A. Felecia Epps, The Obama Effect: A Pipeline Issue, 1 Faulkner L. Rev. 239 (2010)