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The Value of Social Justice

William P. Quigley, Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law has written an eloquent essay entitled “Letter to a Law Student Interested In Social Justice.” In the letter, Professor Quigley assesses the status of social justice law in modern society. Citing real-life examples of both the good and bad aspects of the legal profession, he indicts law schools with paying mere lip service to social justice and public interest work, noting that much of the law as it is practiced involves the transfer of wealth from one group to another. However, he asks students to stay hopeful and remarks that opportunities still exist for those dedicated and willing to make the sacrifice. He speaks optimistically to the students who still remember the true reason why they enrolled in law school and attempts to remind those who may have forgotten. The essay may be read in its entirety here.