Drip. Drip. Drip.
A second law school, the University of Pennsylvania, has touted Elizabeth Warren as a minority faculty member in an official school publication, according to an online document obtained by the Globe.
The University of Pennsylvania, where Warren taught at the law school from 1987 through 1995, listed her as a minority in a “Minority Equity Report” posted on its website. The report, published in 2005, well after her departure, included her as the winner of a faculty award in 1994. Her name was highlighted in bold, the designation used for minorities in the report.
For someone who never touted her alleged (now disproven) “minority” status, her two most prominent law school employers sure seemed eager to tout her “minority” status.
Other documents obtained by The Globe point to the importance of Warren getting herself on “List 2” (Minority Law Teachers) in the annual directories of the Association of American Law Schools:
In addition, a newly unearthed University of Texas personnel document shows that Warren listed herself as “white” when she taught at the law school there from 1981 to 1991.
The undated document, obtained by the Globe through a public records request, supports Warren’s statement that she did not present herself as a Native American when hired for the job. But it leaves open the question of why she later listed herself as a minority in a legal directory that is often consulted by hiring deans….
Leonard P. Strickman, founding dean at Florida International University, one of the nation’s most diverse law schools, said deans often consult the Association of American Law Schools directory when seeking out minority applicants, but look more rigorously at scholarship before making hires.
Warren can make this easy, fess up and hope it blows over by November, or continue to play the victim, and keep it percolating.
Bonus Track: I was a guest on Dan Rea’s NightSide Show on WBZ 1030 – the Boston mega station – last night, and guess who we talked about?