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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Speakers, Events, Scholarship & Resources

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Pay Transparency, Pay Equity, Salary History—What’s New for 2022.

Christina Hendrickson. Bloomberg Law.  Jan. 24, 2022  (Link is to Bloomberg Law which requires a law school login.)  A PDF is below.

The FYI on CRT

By Anthony Aycock. Information Today, Inc. 1.25.2022

[W]hat exactly is critical race theory? How did it get to the forefront of political discussions? And what are the best information sources on it f?

On Intersectionality.

By Mary Maxfield. Mar. 17, 2021.  You can learn more about Mary on her website.

"I wrote this piece in direct response to the murders of Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels,
Xiaojie Tan, Daoyou Feng, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Soon Chung Park, Yong Ae Yue in
Atlanta, Georgia on March 16, 2021. I also wrote it in response to my own misconceptions of

News Articles

There’s a scientific reason rules alone won’t end discrimination. Here’s what will

By Sian Beilock.  Fast Company. 19 April 2022

A cognitive scientist’s research on the relationship between emotional regulation and performance shows just how big a role feelings of belonging and togetherness play when it comes to reversing trends of inequity.

Small changes can make college teaching more inclusive (opinion). 

By Rita Kamar and Brenda Refaei. Inside Higher Ed. February 9, 2022

"The pandemic and tumult over social justice have been challenging how educators approach teaching. Safety protocols and debates over the role of diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education have left many instructors feeling burned out. In such a state, it is helpful for us as educators to focus on small changes to our teaching that can yield big results for student success."

Why Law Schools Should Require Justice Reform Curriculum

By Donna Mulvihill Fehrmann | October 17, 2021, 8:02 PM EDT  Law360 (may require a login credential)

As part of this required course on criminal justice reform, first-year law students should be taught the minimum skills to defend a client against criminal charges. Today, required curriculum in law school includes contracts, civil procedure and constitutional law.

Criminal law is also required, but it focuses almost exclusively on the theories and elements of criminal liability. Given the epidemic of wrongful convictions in this country, can it really be argued that contracts is more critical to the legal profession than criminal defense?

Considering the American Bar Association's recent language access guidance for lawyers working with clients with whom communication is impeded, attorneys should carefully navigate social and cultural differences and take steps to maintain professional obligations,

The Hazards of Female Lawyers Being 'Office Moms'

By Margaret McKeown & Roberta Liebenberg / November 12, 2021 Law360 (login may be requiired)

"Women are frequently credited with being the glue or the office mom who hold teams together and create a supportive office environment.... Much like the book by Rebecca Shambaugh from long ago, "It's Not a Glass Ceiling, It's a Sticky Floor," the question is how women can get credit for this important work without getting stuck, becoming glued down or being taken for granted."

Native America’s influence on American Democracy: the back story,

By Tammy Joyner. Atlantic Civic Circle 11.17.2021 (retreived 3.18.2022)

"More than 600 years before the United States existed, America’s original inhabitants were already practicing a form of democracy that Ben Franklin and other founders would later borrow from."

American History Myths Debunked: No Native Influence on Founding Fathers

By ICT staff. Indian Country Today. 4.14.2017 / updated 9.13.2018 (retrieved 3.18.2022) 

Was the U.S. Constitution the lightning rod of great governance it is thought to be, or was the Iroquois Confederacy the blueprint? Debunking the myth.

Transforming Law Firms' Diversity Intent Into Real Progress

By Jacqueline Simonovich and Lindsey Mignan. Law360 April 5, 2022 (login required)

So how can we ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, efforts, inspired by concentrated events, continue robustly into the future?

A first and necessary step, is for law firms and indeed all legal employers to honestly assess how we got here. It is no accident that people of color face higher barriers to entry and promotion within the legal profession, as this simply reflects the structural racism that has existed in this country even before its founding.

In other words, we have all inherited a society with deeply embedded policies and norms that uphold one racial group as superior to all others. The challenge with structural racism is that it often works silently, and therefore by upholding the status quo, we are in fact perpetuating a system that disenfranchises people of color.

Blog Posts

Using the “Scholarship as Conversation” Frame to Explain the Importance of Inclusive Citation

By Olivia Smith Schlinck. RIPS Law Librarian Blog. March 29, 2022

Law has a “citation gap”;... Priya Baskaran’s recent article in the Rutgers Law Review highlights the causes and consequences of this citation gap for women of color in the legal academy and suggests incorporating “radical citation practice” into legal scholarship both for law professors and for research assistants.