Buying Diversity: Fenwick & West Offers Cash Incentives for Diversity Activities

Deven Desai

Deven Desai is an associate professor of law and ethics at the Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology. He was also the first, and to date, only Academic Research Counsel at Google, Inc., and a Visiting Fellow at Princeton University’s Center for Information Technology Policy. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the Yale Law School. Professor Desai’s scholarship examines how business interests, new technology, and economic theories shape privacy and intellectual property law and where those arguments explain productivity or where they fail to capture society’s interest in the free flow of information and development. His work has appeared in leading law reviews and journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, and U.C. Davis Law Review.

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  1. A serious aside: have the benefits of skin-deep diversity (because that’s what we’re talking about here, isn’t it?) ever been clearly delineated such that when you talk about its importance you can finish up with a “and here are the tangible benefits.” Would it be beneficial then to discourage the ongoing premise of Historically Black Colleges & Universities? How about gender diversity? The Market has pretty much discarded the all-male college: should the market also be declared wrong when it comes to the ongoing success of women colleges and thus have us put an end to the discrimination rampant at schools like Wellesley?

    We can go on: how many law schools have faculties that come within even 20% of the political sensiblities of the populace at large? Would we need more than one hand to count the such faculties that even had a 40% vote for George Bush in 2000 or 2004? Is the lack of such thought diversity important?

    In other words, why does skin-deep diversity get to be the defacto diversity of importance? I suspect it’s white liberal guilt but then that’s my bogeyman for a lot of imposed policies.