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  Window Into Miers' Legal Thinking in the 1990s Reflects a Glint of Liberalism
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Last EditedRP  Oct 14, 2005 05:39pm
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MediaNewspaper - Los Angeles Times
News DateFriday, October 14, 2005 11:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn the early 1990s, lawyer-bashing was all the rage. And Harriet Miers didn't like it one bit.

Then the president of the State Bar of Texas, Miers used her monthly column in the Texas Bar Journal to condemn politicians who were trying to score points by disparaging the legal profession. She suggested the criticism was myopic, and noted that it was coming, by and large, from Republicans.

It was time, she wrote, to "fight back."

She called for increased funding for legal services for the poor and suggested that taxes might have to be raised to achieve the notion of "justice for all."

She praised the benefits of diversity, called for measures that would send more minority students to law schools, and said that just because a woman was the head of the state bar did not mean that "all unfair barriers for women have been eradicated."

She was upset that although poverty was rising in Texas, impoverished families received a disproportionately small share of welfare and Medicaid benefits.
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