This week, the ELS Blog is pleased to welcome back guest blogger Richard Sander, who is an economist and law professor at UCLA School of Law. Sander is best known for his empirical work on racial preferences in legal education (Systemic Analysis of Affirmative Action in American Law Schools, 57 Stan L. Rev. 367 (2004)) and corporate law firms (The Racial Paradox of Corporate Law Firms, 84 N.C. L. Rev. 1755 (2006)).
Although this work has garnered no shortage of critics, Sander's earlier scholarship and professional activities belie the perception that his work is motivated by politics or ideology. During the last 20 years, Sander has been a ardent advocate of fair housing laws and worked on the successful campaign and transition team of Harold Washington, the first black mayor of Chicago. Since joining the UCLA faculty in 1989, Rick has served as President of the Fair Housing Congress of Southern California, founded the Fair Housing Institute, and helped the City of Los Angeles design and implement what was, at the time, the nation's most ambitious living wage law. He also participated in the effort to develop outreach programs that sharply increased the local use of the Earned Income Tax Credit, generating tens of millions of dollars annually for LA's poorest working families.
In addition to scholarship on housing
integration and living wage laws, Sander has done important empirical
work on legal education, including effective strategies in academic
support programs and how law students perceive the law school
experience. At UCLA, Sander teaches courses in Property,
Quantitative Methods, Urban Housing, and Policy Analysis. We look
forward to his postings over the coming week.