When I sat down in my first law school class at the University of Baltimore in the fall of 1984, it never dawned on me that the people on either side of me hadn't earned their seat but were there as a result of the color of their skin. I believed it to be a meritocracy and that each person in the class had earned their seat. Not being privy to admissions decisions back then, I have no way of knowing whether I was right or not. Sadly, if I was sitting down to my first class in law school at UB in the fall of 2017 I would know that I was wrong.
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