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Jewish Student Group, Rejected by the Aba’s Student Division, Will Continue to Seek Seat on the Boar

August 17, 1984
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The National Jewish Law Students Network will continue seeking one of the four ex-officio seats on the Board of Govemors of the American Bar Association’s Law Students Division despite the rejection of the Jewish group by the board last week.

Susan Goldberg, a student at Georgetown Law School here, and Craig Zetley of the University of Wisconsin at Madison Law School, co-chairpersons of the Network, said the Jewish group would reapply in November at the next ABA Law Students Division Meeting.

The Students Network Board of Governors which met during the ABA convention in Chicago last week, would not officially give any reason for its rejection, according to Goldberg.

“Some of the governors said that Jews are no longer a minority nor are they discriminated against in the legal profession,” she said.

Zetley noted that this was “ironic” since “the board did in effect discriminate against us. Some of the governors voted against us because they said we are a religious organization.”

Goldberg said two of the ex-officio seats were held by the National Student Bar Association and a national Black students group which supported the network bid. She said that at the Chicago meeting, the Women’s Law Student Caucus was admitted which leaves only one seat still open.

The network was formed two years ago at a meeting of 30 law school students in Boston. Last March, 250 Jewish law students from 55 schools met in Washington and adopted a constitution which opens membership to any Jewish law student.

Among the group’s goals are to stimulate the development of local Jewish law student groups in as many lawschools as possible and to articulate consensus positions on public policy questions including filing amicus briefs and assisting in drafting legislation.

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