Pipeline programs aim to diversify the legal profession by reaching prospective law students earlier

22 January 2021

NPR — A number of groups are focusing on “the pipeline” to law school as a way to diversify the legal profession overall. A 2015 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that the law was the least racially diverse profession in the country, and it remains among the top.

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Southern Illinois Law professor Jennifer Brobst discusses criminal justice reform in Illinois

22 January 2021

WSILTV.COM — House Bill 163 includes two major changes to how law enforcement is conducted in Illinois. First, cash bail would almost entirely be eliminated. And, qualified immunity for law enforcement officers would also be removed. Local law enforcement in our area say these changes have the potential to harm the public.

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University of Utah Law unveils diversity and antiracism plan

22 January 2021

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH S.J. QUINNEY COLLEGE OF LAW — In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law is unveiling its new Diversity and Antiracism Plan. Several stakeholders from the College of Law and legal community worked together to create these actionable goals.

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Vermont Law celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

22 January 2021

VERMONT LAW SCHOOL — Vermont Law School (VLS) will celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with a live event featuring prominent attorney Willie Gary delivering a keynote address entitled “Our Social Responsibility: Using the Law to Honor Dr. King’s legacy.” The virtual event is open to the public.

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University of Virginia Law hosts symposium exploring the intersection of movements for equality

22 January 2021

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW — A symposium, “From the Equal Rights Amendment to Black Lives Matter: Reflecting on Intersectional Struggles for Equality,” hosted by the University of Virginia School of Law, will explore the intersectional nature of race and sex/LGBT equality movements, and the future of such activism.

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Law firms testing platform to combat bias in hiring

22 January 2021

ABA JOURNAL — Several BigLaw firms are testing a new AI-powered recruiting platform to combat unconscious bias in law firm hiring practices.The platform was offered last year to investment banking firms, which have since seen seven times more candidates from underrepresented groups and five times more candidates from nontarget schools.

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Lightfoot, Franklin & White law firm launches diversity scholarship and summer clerkship for law students

22 January 2021

LIGHTFOOT — In recognition of the importance of greater inclusion in the legal industry, Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC has launched a new annual diversity scholarship. The firm will award $10,000 and a summer clerkship in Birmingham to a promising law student enrolled in an American law school. The firm will accept applications for the 2021 scholarship.

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New Duke Law series explores race and the first-year law school curriculum

25 December 2020

DUKE LAW — A yearlong series at Duke Law sponsored by the dean’s office is examining race in the context of the six foundational subjects in the first-year curriculum: torts, criminal law, civil procedure, contracts, property law, and constitutional law. Each discussion in the webinar series is moderated by a faculty scholar.

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Arizona State University Law announces Advance Scholars Program to support underrepresented students into legal profession

25 December 2020

ASU NOW — Broadening efforts to bring together students with diverse backgrounds and perspectives, the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law is launching a new program to foster the next generation of leaders in law. ASU Law’s Advance Scholars Program hopes to attract students with unique perspectives on societal issues.

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Lehigh University apologizes for plagiarizing antiracist statement from another university

16 December 2020

INSIDE HIGHER ED — William Gaudelli, dean of Lehigh University’s College of Education, apologized for a recent college memo that included sections from a course description from another university, without attribution. The plagiarized memo was “unacceptable and inexcusable,” Gaudelli wrote in a message to faculty and staff members.

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