One of my favorite parts about being the Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs is keeping myself informed about issues of diversity and social justice in the news, both locally and nationally. I frequently send out event announcements that relate to you as law students. I recently attended a dinner with some fellow students sponsored by the Boston Lawyers Group at the Nutter, McClennen &Fish offices, for Affinity Group Leaders. This was a great opportunity to network with area lawyers, law students and organizers. It is these types of events that could lead to amazing future contacts and volunteer opportunities.
I know many of you are interested in issues of diversity that exist outside of the legal realm as well. Since I know the life of a law student is an extremely busy one, I have prepared a roundup of local and national news, events and information on issues of diversity and social justice.
- Film Screening-Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity, October 23: “This groundbreaking documentary is part of a larger learning initiative that asks America to talk about the causes and consequences on systemic inequity.” A community dialogue will follow the viewing. Tickets are $20.
- GLAD-Got LGBT Rights?: An Act Relative to Gender Identity, October 30: “This interactive workshop discusses gender identity and expression and identifies existing areas of law that are impacted by this new gender identity protection.” This event is free.
- BU African American Studies Lecture Series-“The ‘Real People’: Race, Class, Ethnicity, and the Politics of Preservation in Gentrifying Neighborhoods”, October 30: In our own backyard, Japonica Brown–Saracino, Assistant Professor of Sociology will discuss this great topic.
- ALPFA Boston 6th Annual Student Summit, November 3: According to their website, “ALPFA is the largest Latino association for business professionals and students.” Their summit this year will have a law student track. Registration is only $15.
- 2012 NAPALSA/NAPABA Conference, November 15-18: This year’s conference is in Washington D.C. Registration is $150 for student members.
- This past weekend, the 14th Annual Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference took place in Boston. This conference, “aims to connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, business school students with some of the nation’s leading companies.”
- Several weeks ago, BU Law student Brandon Greene (3L) traveled to Washington D.C. to hear the arguments for the Supreme Court case on affirmative action, Fisher v. University of Texas. You can learn more about that day and this important case here.
- On Thursday, October 18, a NY federal appeals court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). A Boston federal appeals court also ruled DOMA unconstitutional back in May.
- Controversy at Towson University after a Senior proposed a “White Student Union.”
- Ms. JD, “a national non-profit dedicated to the success of women in the law,” released its 2011-2012 data on gender diversity at the top 50 law reviews.
Diversity Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities:
- Fried Frank Fellowship-deadline November 1.
- Fall 2013 Karpatkin Fellowship-ACLUF Racial Justice Program, NY-deadline November 1.
- Fall 2013 Nadine Strossen Fellowship-ACLUF National Security Project, NY-deadline November 1.
- 2013-2015 Aryeh Neier Fellowship–ACLUF and Human Rights Watch, NY-deadline November 1.
- Fall 2013 William J. Brennan First Amendment Fellowship – ACLUF Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, NY-deadline November 1.
- Constangy, Brooks & Smith Diversity Scholars Award-deadline November 28.
I encourage everyone to try and attend at least one event off campus per semester. However, since I know many of you are busy, I will also try my best to bring these discussions to campus. On November 12, the first BU Law Legacy Series (formally CRS Forum), will be held. The first panel will discuss Title IX since this year marks the 40th anniversary of this landmark legislation. Please look out for more information soon. I hope to see you all there.