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Diversity Week 2014

FEBRUARY 28, 2014—The third annual Diversity Week will be held March 10-14, 2014, at the Law School. The student-conceived event celebrates the diversity of the Law School community and offers presentations and panel discussions to engage faculty, students, and staff in discussions and learning on issues of equity and diversity in the legal system.

Diversity Week is made possible by the financial support of Coca-Cola, the Law Council and the University's Student Unions & Activities Office and by the contributions of the Law School Diversity Committee.

Monday, March 10

The Importance of Diversity in the Legal Profession with Congressman Keith Ellison (’90)
12:15 p.m., Lockhart Hall (Room 25)
Congressman Keith Ellison will be delivering the keynote address at the Law School to kick off Diversity Week. Dean Wippman will provide opening remarks. The Congressman will be addressing the importance of diversity in the legal profession and the urgent need to pass comprehensive immigration reform.
Click here to watch this presentation.

Tuesday, March 11

Gender Roles, Gender Identity, and Gender (Non) Conformance in the Legal Profession
12:15 p.m., Lockhart Hall (Room 25)
Join OutLaw and the Women's Law Student Association for a panel discussion that will focus on issues surrounding gender identity and non-conformance in the law. The panel will focus on how the courts contemplate and adjudicate gender roles and identity, how gender identity and non-conformance affect clients in legal settings and how gender identity and non-conformance influence lawyers in their duties as client advocates and members of the legal profession.

Student Debrief & Reflection Session
4:00 p.m., Lindquist and Vennum Conference Room
Join OutLaw and WLSA as they host an reflection session to discuss the day's featured event.

Wednesday, March 12

Student/Alumni Breakfast featuring Clara Ohr (’98), President of the NY Asian American Bar Association
8:30 a.m., Lindquist and Vennum Conference Room
Clara Ohr will speak about her experiences as a law student and as a legal professional. RSVP required for this event to lawsp@umn.edu. Space is limited.

The Tangled Web of Mass Incarceration: School to Prison Pipeline and Recommendations for Change
12:15 p.m., Lockhart Hall (Room 25)
Join the Criminal Justice League and the Black Law Students Association in a conversation with Professor Artika Tyner of the University of St. Thomas. Prof. Tyner will present on the impacts upon minority communities of the school to prison pipeline, and the potential for alternative approaches such as restorative justice to reform the system.

Campaign Finance Reform Debate: The Effects of the Campaign Finance Policy on Diversity of Representation
12:15 p.m., Room 40
The Law School Democrats and Federalist Society present an exciting debate about money and politics. The focus will be on how campaign finance laws deter or encourage various interest groups from obtaining representation in the political process since Citizens United. The debate participants will discuss the consequences if the Supreme Court strikes down overall contribution limits in McCutcheon v. FEC.

Thursday, March 13

The Legal Status of LGBTQ Parents in an Era of Assisted Reproductive Technology
12:15 p.m., Lockhart Hall (Room 25)
Join the Law Students for Reproductive Justice for a discussion on the discriminatory treatment and impact of surrogacy regulation, parentage, and other aspects of ART law on non-traditional families that have not generally received legal recognition under the law.

Diversity Week Social Hour
4:00 p.m., The Republic
Join members of the Diversity Week Committee at The Republic for appetizers.

Friday, March 14

Diversity Week Celebration & Bhangra Lessons
12:00 p.m., Auerbach Commons
Join the South Asian Law Students Association and Twin Cities Bhangra for a fun celebration of diversity. There will be Indian food, a henna artist available to create creative henna tattoos, and Bhangra dance lessons for all.