Lawyers play a critical role in our society. They represent individuals, organizations, businesses, and corporations, helping them to resolve legal problems and issues in civil and criminal cases. They act on behalf of tribes, local and state governments, the federal government, and the public interest in promoting truth and justice and protecting the rule of law. They produce and write case law as jurists and statutes as legislators and legislative policy attorneys. More broadly speaking, they serve as leaders in our communities, they shape policy, and they work to create social and legal reform.
In performing all of these tasks, lawyers also have a responsibility to ensure fairness and equity for all. To do so, lawyers must engage in an antiracist approach to their legal work and their community leadership. An antiracist approach is necessary to ensuring a racially just world.
In this talk, Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig will discuss the obstacles and challenges to developing antiracist law schools and an antiracist professional world in law. In so doing, she will define terms such as “racism” and “antiracism.” She will conclude with suggestions of actions that law schools, law firms, legal organizations, government offices, and public interest organizations can take to build an antiracist legal profession.