Diversity Month January 2018

Each January the Office of the Dean of Students coordinates a month-long celebration of diversity. During Diversity Month, student organizations and the Office of the Dean of Students host programs designed to examine or discuss the intersection of diversity, law, and the legal profession.

This year, we are excited to support many wonderful programs. Full descriptions and program information can be found below. 

Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at deanofstudents@law.uchicago.edu with questions. 


Health Disparities in the Minority Community

Date: January 10, 2018 - 12:15-1:20 p.m. - Classroom I

Join Dr. Sewlyn Rogers for a conversation about a lack of health care in the black community.  We will discuss why the black community does not seem to receive adequate health care, whether it is a factor of not trusting the medical profession or a lack of access.

Organized by the Black Law Students Association and the Human Rights Law Society


Police Accountability and the Use of Force

Date: January 11, 2018 - 12:15-1:20 p.m. - Classroom III

The use of force by law enforcement officials has been highly criticized light of fatal shootings of dozens of African American individuals in recent years. This panel discussion will analyze the use of force in both domestic and international contexts. Speaking on the domestic issue, Professor Futterman will describe the role litigation plays in holding the police accountable in their use of force tactics. Professor Flores will talk about the use of force internationally and what projects are currently in place to bring about policy reform in this area.

Organized by the Human Rights Law Society, Black Law Students Association, International Law Society, and the Human Rights Clinic.


Global Chicago Law Wine Mess

Date: January 12, 2018 - 3:15- 5:00 p.m. - North Green Lounge

As part of the Law School’s Diversity Month celebration this January 2018, the Office of the Dean of Students will host a Global Chicago Law Wine Mess. This Wine Mess is designed to showcase the diversity of the Law School. Groups of students and student organizations will host tables celebrating their home countries, cities, hometowns, states, and cultural background.  

Organized by the Office of the Dean of Students.


MLK Day of Service 2018

Date: January 13, 2018 - Various Times - Various Locations

The University Community Service Center is excited to partner with UChicago Lab Schools, UChicago Charter School, Rise Against Hunger and the Kraft Heinz Company Foundation, and local community organizations to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  We welcome UChicago students, staff, faculty, alumni, and family members (including school-aged children) to volunteer with us to build a beloved community. Click here to register. The deadline to sign up is Monday, January 8th. 

*Law students who sign up to participate in this event can stop by Candace Bergeron’s office (306 B.1) and pick up a free UChicago Law long-sleeved shirt to wear for the service activity. 

Organized by the University of Chicago Community Service Center. 


Faith and the Practice of Law

Date: January 16, 2018 - 12:15-1:20 p.m. - Classroom III

A panel of lawyers from several religious and faith traditions discuss the ways that their faith affects their legal practice.

Organized by the Dallin H. Oaks Society, St. Thomas More Society, Muslim Law Students Association, Christian Legal Society, and Jewish Law Students Association.  


28th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Date: January 16, 2018 - 6:00 p.m. - Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

Join the University of Chicago community as we honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reflect on our collective responsibility to work towards a more equitable society. The 2018 keynote speaker is Dorothy Butler Gillian.  

Organized by the University of Chicago.


DACA and the Current State of Dreamers

Date: January 17, 2018 - 12:15-1:20 p.m. - Classroom IV

President Trump's move to end DACA and his push on Congress to act was met with fear and uncertainty among DREAMers whose status in the nation has since been called into question. This event will look at the demographics of those affected, the litigation that is currently underway relating to DREAMers, and what DREAMers can and should do in light of forthcoming policy change.

Organized by the Human Rights Law Society, Black Law Students Association, International Law Society, Muslim Law Students Association, Public Interest Law Society, American Civil Liberties Union, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association,Latino/a Law Students Association and the American Constitution Society.


Middle East Eco-peace with Gidon Bromberg

Date: January 18, 2018 - 8:30-9:30 a.m. - Classroom D

Join us for a breakfast discussion of Middle East Eco-peace with Gidon Bromberg.  

Organized by the Environmental Law Society, Jewish Law Students Association, Brandeis Center, International Law Society, and Human Rights Law Society.


The Women's Advocacy Project Progress Report

Date: January 18, 2018 - 12:15-1:20 p.m. - Classroom F

Members of the WAP team will discuss the progress of the WAP research study being conducted this year at the Law School. We will preview some initial findings from classroom observations, professor interviews, and achievement data analysis. WAP members will also discuss next steps, primarily the administration of the student survey and the writing and editing of the report. Those interested in preliminary findings as well as those who hope to become involved in the project are invited to join our discussion, ask questions, and offer feedback. We will explain the WAP methodology as well as advice for students interested in developing studies of their own.

Organized by the Women's Advocacy Project and the Law Women's Caucus.


Race and the Child Welfare System

Date: January 18, 2018 - 12:15-1:20 p.m. - Classroom D

This talk will address racial disproportionality in the child welfare system, including the causes of the high representation of black children in the welfare system, the white/black maltreatment gap and what would be some appropriate policy options to solve this problem.

Organized by the Black Law Students Association and the Early Childhood Advocacy Society. 


The #MeToo Movement Goes to Law School & Law Practice: A Discussion about Sexual Harassment

Date: January 22, 2018 - 12:15-1:20 p.m. - Classroom IV

This Diversity Month moderated panel discussion will explore the intersection of sexual harassment, education, and the practice of law.  Panelists will include Natalie Scruton Federle, Corporate Counsel, Employment at Outcome Health & Director of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Michelle Silverthorn, Diversity & Education Director, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, and Sarah K. Wake, Associate General Counsel, Northwestern University.  Dean Abbie Willard, Associate Dean for Career Services & Policy Initiatives, will moderate.  

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students & the Office of the Career Services.


Say Her Name

Date: January 25, 2018 - 12:15-1:20 p.m. - Classroom V

A panel discussion on violence against Transgender Women of Color in the United States, with special focus on violence against transgender women of color in the City of Chicago.  We will discuss violence against trans women of color, the legal landscape they face, and how law students can get involved in the fight for transgender equality under the new administration.

Organized by the Black Law Students Association and OutLaw. 


West Coast Diversity Career Panel

Date: January 29, 2018 - 12:15-1:20 p.m. - Classroom IV

The West Coast Diversity Career Panel will be an opportunity to learn about diversity in the legal profession from the perspective of attorneys practicing on the west coast.

Organized by APALSA, BLSA, LLSA, Outlaw, Law Women's Caucus and MLSA.   

Organized by the Vincent Gambini Society.


Showing of the Movie Selma

Date: January 29, 2018 - 5:00 p.m. - Classroom IV

Join the Vincent Gambini Society for a showing of the movie Selma  The movie is a chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.  Dean Bartlett will introduce the movie and dinner will be served!

Organized by the Vincent Gambini Society.


RESCHEDULED: Slum Governance in South Asia

Date: February 19, 2018 - 12:15-1:20 p.m. - Classroom B

This talk will be hosted by Professor Anup Malani, who will touch on the problems of housing and urban poverty and discuss possible legal solutions. 

Organized by the South Asian Law Students Association.