Black law associations accuse the American Bar Association of excluding Blacks from its major policy making organs.
1971 (Jul 6)
Members of the National Conference of Black Lawyers and the Black American Law Students Association distributed leaflets accusing the American Bar Association of excluding Blacks from its major policy making organs and of emphasizing the “order” side of the law and order issue. The leaflets also called for an end to bar exams which allegedly excluded Blacks. Similarly, Judge Edward F. Bell, president of the Black National Bar Association (NBA), speaking before his group's annual convention, urged the abolition of bar exams, claiming that they did not reflect the potential for a successful practice and that they discriminated against minority applicants.