In this Article, the co-authors confront one of the next generation issues for underrepresented groups in legal education: what happens after tenure victories, especially for the victors in a war wrought with gender and racial inequities? Even if all is fair in love, war, and tenure battles, it remains most troubling when, even in this century, acts of racial and/or gender aggression are targeted at qualified tenure candidates. These violations of the "tenure rules of engagement" based on implicit or explicit racial or gender bias preserve discriminatory practices that impact underrepresented groups and maintain the status quo in the academy and in the country. This Article relies on theories of post-war strategies of truth and reconciliation as a means to change the culture in legal academia, even after atrocious tenure battles. An institution with truth and reconciliation processes has a chance to heal and enhance productivity. Thus, institutional measures to become more welcoming of all members of the faculty are also measures that favor institutional progress, which is critical in these troublesome times in legal education.
31 Colum. J. Gender & L. 87 (2015).