UC Irvine Law Black Law Student Association honors students, alumni, and legal community

17 April 2019

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE SCHOOL OF LAW — UCI Law’s Black Law Student Association held its second annual awards gala Saturday, April 6. Highlights of the evening included a keynote address by the Honorable Andre Birotte Jr. of the U.S. District Court (Central District) and remarks from Dean L. Song Richardson.

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Federal government warns law firms about the need to increase diversity

17 April 2019

BLOOMBERG LAW — The Trump administration’s federal contractor police plans to take a closer look at diversity and discrimination at law firms. Six lawyers at Jones Day recently sued the firm, alleging female attorneys are systemically paid less than their male colleagues for the same work. That follows similar lawsuits against Ogletree Deakins and Proskauer Rose.

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ABA President asks Congress to pass the Equality Act and secure LGBTQ protections

10 April 2019

ABA JOURNAL — ABA President Bob Carlson sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, urging members to support the Equality Act of 2019, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

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Number of women leading law schools at all-time high

10 April 2019

LAW.COM — A slew of women have been appointed law dean this semester, which will soon yield a record high for female leadership in the legal academy. The number of women occupying the dean suites has been on the rise for years, but this year’s new batch of leaders is particularly diverse in both gender and race.

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Wisconsin Law housing rights champion Vel Phillips dies at 95

8 April 2019

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON — Wisconsin Law alumna Vel Phillips ’51, the law school’s first African-American graduate, died on April 17. She was 95. Phillips — the first African-American to serve on Milwaukee’s Common Council and the first woman elected to it — became an influential voice in the national movement for fair housing during the….

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Wisconsin Law alumna preserves Menominee Indian culture

8 April 2019

WISCONSIN LAWYER — University of Wisconsin Law alumna Toni Caldwell is the tribal attorney for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, located in Keshena. Caldwell uses her legal skills in a wide variety of areas in tribal, state, and federal courts. But preserving Menominee culture and values is what drives her.

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U.S. Senator Ted Cruz vows to investigate Yale Law over non-discrimination policy applied to summer fellowships

8 April 2019

NEW HAVEN REGISTER — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is threatening legal action against Yale Law School over an email from Dean Heather Gerken stating that students would not be supported financially if they interned at organizations that discriminate against LGBTQ people.

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University of Washington Law alumnus to receive Odegaard Award

5 April 2019

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF LAW– The Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez ’80, Chief United States District Judge for the Western District of Washington, is the 2018 recipient of the University of Washington Charles E. Odegaard Award. Martinez is the first Latino judge to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

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UVA Law alumnus born deaf, excels toward legal career

5 April 2019

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW — UVA Law alumnus Campbell Sode has already done much to distinguish himself through the language of the law. As an accomplished legal writer and researcher, Sode will be among a relative handful of deaf or hard-of-hearing lawyers who practice in the United States.

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UVA Law alumnus mediates on privilege

5 April 2019

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW — UVA Law student Joe Charlet is set to graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law on May 20. Charlet is African-American, gay and was orphaned as a child. After graduation, Charlet will join the law firm Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C.

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