Law schools play a critical role for the entire legal profession. Not only do our law schools train future lawyers in direct legal skills and knowledge, they also establish norms for how the next generations of attorneys view their fellow professionals. These norms guide the profession and set the rights, responsibilities, and courtesies granted to fellow lawyers and all people who come in contact with the legal system. By focusing on the systems impacting LGBTQ+ people, people of color, and people with disabilities within the law school environment, and by working to understand how people with identities that intersect each of those groups are often marginalized in that environment, law schools have the opportunity to better support all their constituencies during their time in the building. This panel will delve into the deep issues of racial, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity equity challenges that permeate the legal profession, and discuss the transformations law schools are working toward to imbue respect for all people in all who pass through their doors.
Speakers: Christopher Czerwonka (Hofstra University, Maurice A. Deane School of Law); Karen DeMeola (University of Connecticut School of Law); M. Dru Levasseur (National LGBT Bar Association); Dean Kimberly M. Mutcherson (Rutgers Law School); Kellye Testy (Law School Admission Council)