2021-2022 Diversity Scholar Speaker Series

The Diversity Scholar Speaker Series brings together members of our law school community to discuss topics varying in subject that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. All events include lunch and students are encouraged to engage in dialogue with invited guests.

The Diversity Scholar Speaker Series events are held at 12:15 PM unless otherwise noted.

2021-2022 Speakers:

Event Date Speaker Category Series Details LSSO(s) Co-Sponsoring
January 24, 2022 Policing 

Consent Decree 

Maggie Hickey is the Monitor for the Independent Monitoring Team that will assess the City of Chicago’s and the Chicago Police Department’s progress in meeting the Consent Decree mandates.

Black Law Students Association

Criminal Law Society

March 28, 2022 Policing 

Baltimore's Gun Trace Task Force 

Michael R. Bromwich is a highly respected law enforcement and police reform subject matter expert. 

Criminal Law Society 
March 31, 2022 LGBTQ

Transgender Rights 

Phyllis Frye is the first openly transgender judge in the U.S., is the “grandmother” of the national, legal, and political movement for transgender rights.

April 21, 2022 Race

Anti - Asian Racism in the US 

Grace Pai, a UChicago alumna, is the Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, where she leads strategy for issue-based campaigns and power-building work. 

Asian Pacific American Law Student Association
April 28, 2022 Race 

From Slave Market to Stock Market 

Michelle Mbekeani is the Senior Legal & Policy Advisor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. Prior to that, Michelle was a Staff Attorney at the Shriver National Center on Poverty Law.

Black Law Students Association

Law and Economics Society 

Thank you to Mayer Brown LLP and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP for their generous support of the Diversity Scholar Series as an Advocate Tier sponsor of the Chicago Law Partners Program.