Warren, a Harvard Law School professor, said she never tried to use minority status to get teaching jobs and criticized the campaign of Republican Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown for suggesting that may have been the case.
â€œI listed myself in the directory in the hopes that might mean that I would be invited to a luncheon, a group, something that might happen with people who are like I am,â€ Warren said during a campaign appearance in Braintree, according to the Boston Herald (http://bit.ly/K2ppRF).
The listing did not produce any such contacts, and she later stopped using it, Warren said.
Law school directories from the Association of American Law Schools from 1986 to 1995 put Warren on the associationâ€™s list of â€œminority law teachersâ€ when she was teaching at the University of Texas and the University of Pennsylvania.
According to the directories, the list is made up of â€œthose legal educators who stated they were members of a minority group.â€
Warren, who grew up in Oklahoma, has said sheâ€™s proud of her family ties to Cherokee and Delaware tribes â€” a heritage she said she learned through stories passed down to her from older family members.
On Wednesday, she accused Brownâ€™s campaign of using the Native American listing as a way of insinuating that she was not qualified for her job.
â€œThe only one as I understand it whoâ€™s raising any question about whether or not I was qualified for my job is Scott Brown and I think I am qualified and frankly Iâ€™m a little shocked to hear anybody raise a question about whether or not Iâ€™m qualified to hold a job teaching,â€ she said.
Brown himself has not made such a claim, though his campaign manager has said the story raises questions about Warrenâ€™s credibility.
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