Michigan State University Law professors Catherine Grosso and Barbara O’Brien receive recognition for racial justice research

18 November 2020

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF LAW — Professors Catherine Grosso and Barbara O’Brien, along with their partner-institution, the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, are the recipients of 2021’s University Outreach & Engagement Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Service for their project.

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University of Pittsburgh Law professor David Harris discusses report from city’s task force on policing reform

18 November 2020

TRIB LIVE — Members of the Pittsburgh Community Task Force on Policing Reform had a singular message met regularly since it was formed in June by Mayor Bill Peduto. They disagreed on many things during the process, University of Pittsburgh law professor David Harris said.

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Liberal arts college presidents of color form alliance to address issues of racial equity and inclusion on campus

18 November 2020

INSIDE HIGHER ED — Before Lori White, the president of DePauw University, had even assumed her position in July, she began reaching out to the heads of other liberal arts colleges with a proposal to collaborate on antiracism initiatives. She knew one of her first priorities was to make strides toward racial diversity and inclusion.

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NALP reports legal employment gap for black law graduates

18 November 2020

THE NATIONAL JURIST — Blacks had the lowest overall legal employment rate among all races for the Class of 2019, even in a year that saw stellar results overall, according to a new report by the National Association for Law Placement. NALP’s Executive Director was blunt when it came to his assessment of the survey results.

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California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu to address American Bar Foundation on diversity in legal education and the legal profession

18 November 2020

THE AMERICAN LAW INSTITUTE — The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation will host California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu for a discussion exploring the changing diversity of J.D. students. He will discuss how law school demographics by gender, race, ethnicity, and nationality have changed since the financial crisis a decade ago.

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Florida law school consortium for racial justice hosts forum on civil rights

11 November 2020

PATCH.COM — The Florida Law Schools’ Consortium for Racial Justice held its formal launch with a timely panel on Oct. 27, 2020, called “Civil Rights Litigation and Coalition Building in the 21st Century Forum.” The inaugural event was held virtually and open to students from all 12 Florida law schools.

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UC Berkeley Law hosts panel discussion on critical race theory and the presidential election

10 November 2020

PATCH.COM — Last Friday, four scholars described how police violence, social unrest, racialized campaign messaging and other factors have fueled this movement, and they assessed their potential effect on the election and American democracy. Berkeley Law experts analyzed the study of race and anti-racism, and its role in this year’s election.

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A look at University of Cincinnati Law student efforts to protect free speech and address police violence

10 November 2020

UC NEWS — Many law students, alumni, faculty and staff attended demonstrations, marches, protests and vigils. “They were standing up to make a difference,” says Jim Tomaszewski, assistant director of Cincinnati Law’s Center for Professional Development. “It’s really just a fundamental reminder of what lawyers are called to do.”

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Opinion: Georgetown Law professor Tiffany Jeffers says the legal system must do more to protect Black women

10 November 2020

USA TODAY — For almost eight years, I was a prosecutor in Baltimore. I worked with police, victims and witnesses to enforce a system of laws I believed protected people from violence. Naively, I included myself, a Black woman, in the group of persons I believed the law protected.

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A look at efforts to improve data on race and law faculty hiring

6 November 2020

ABA JOURNAL — After unrest escalated across the nation following the killings of George Floyd and other African Americans by police, many law schools issued solidarity and anti-racism statements. But a fair number of those institutions have few if any Black tenured professors, says Meera Deo.

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