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.

2019 - 2020 Speakers: 

Event Date

Speaker Category

Series Details

Co-Sponsor(s)
Thursday, October 17, 2019

Gender Diversity 

Sophonisba Breckinridge's Academic & Activity Legacy 

Professor Anya Jabour shares her research on the Law School’s first women graduate who spearheaded campaigns for women’s suffrage, civil rights, and labor reform before establishing and shaping the School of Social Administration (SSA). 

Law Women's Caucus, School of Social Administration
Thursday, November 6, 2019

Sexual Orientation

Trans Awareness 101: Exploring the Transgender Phenomenon 

Vanessa Sheridan is a frequent speaker, transgender awareness trainer, corporate consultant, and a catalyst for transgender equality on a national basis. She is a US military veteran, an accomplished musician, and a frequent media spokesperson on transgender issues while serving as the Director of Gender Equity and Inclusion for Chicago's Center on Halsted. 

OutLaw, Law School Veterans
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 

Gender Diversity, Military Veterans

Women in Boots Panel Discussion 

Women veterans speak about their military experiences and post-service careers. 

Law School Veterans, Office for Military-Affiliated Communities
Thursday, January 9, 2020 
Viewpoint 

Adam Mortara and Bryan Sells: A Debate on Voting Rights

A member of the American Constitution Society, Bryan L. Sells is an experienced civil rights lawyer specializing in voting rights, election law, and redistricting. Law School alum and lecturer Adam Mortara is a member of the Federalist Society and partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.

The Federalist Society, American Constitution Society 
Friday, January 17, 2020
Accessibility

A Conversation with Kristin Fleschner 

Kristin Fleschner is a professional speaker who uses her personal story of blindness as well her love of travel, animals, and sports to bring people together and inspire them to reach for their dreams. In the midst of losing her sight, Kristin attended Harvard Law School, where she received the Dean’s Leadership Award for her work on universal design and accessibility issues on campus.  

Dean of Students Office 
Thursday, January 23, 2020 
Workplace Equity 

A Conversation with Valerie Jarrett 

Valerie Jarrett, distinguished Senior Fellow at the Law School speaks on gender equity in the workplace and issues around paid family leave. Valerie June Jarrett is an American businesswoman and former government official. She served as the senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama and assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs from 2009 to 2017.

Law Women's Caucus, Parents at the Law School

Thank you to Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz and Weil, Gotshal & Manges for their generous support of the Diversity Scholars Speaker Series.