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.

2020 - 2021 Speakers: 

Event Date

Speaker Category

Series Details

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Civil Rights 

Voting Rights

Senior Counsel Ami Gandhi and Fellow Rebecca Carter at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights will discuss the current conditions of voting, civic participation in Chicago, and barriers to the ballot that especially impact communities of color and low-income voters as we approach the November 2020 election.  This program is co-sponsored by Impact Initiative.

Impact Initiative
Thursday, November 19, 2020


Police Reform 

“Serve and protect” is the motto of our law enforcement.  So what happens when communities feel threatened by their local police and believe the justice system is unjust?  Join us for a conversation on policing with Valerie Jarrett. This program is co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and the American Constitution Society.

Black Law Students Association, American Constitution Society
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Free Expression

Free Expression

Academic freedom of expression exists to ensure that academic institutions and individual scholars include and incorporate multiple perspectives in the production of knowledge. Through an examination of the principles of academic freedom of expression, guest speaker Leila Brammer explores developing student and campus capacity for vigorous, inclusive, and productive discourse.

Dean of Students Office
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Ability Status

A Conversation with Kristin Fleschner

A conversation on disability status, legal education, and practice with Kristin Fleschner. Kristin is a powerful advocate for the equal opportunities of all people. In the midst of losing her vision, she attended Harvard Law School and now travels the globe speaking on leadership and advocacy.

Disability Rights, Advocacy, and Community (DRAC)
Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Trans Inclusion with Kara Ingelhart '15

A conversation with Kara Ingelhart, '15, about her work with Lambda Legal on trans inclusion and advocacy in legal practice.  Kara is a Staff Attorney in the Midwest Regional Office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest organization dedicated to advancing the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and individuals living with HIV.



Thank you to Kirkland & Ellis, LLP and Skadden for their generous support of the Diversity Scholars Speaker Series.