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From Separate But Equal to Affirmative Action: Where Are We 70 Years After Sweatt v. Painter?

Non-CLE Program

On the 70th Anniversary of the decision of the Sweatt v. Painter landmark decision, panelists delved into the progress, or lack thereof, in advancing systemic support for aspiring African American lawyers who choose to attend law school and whether there still exists a disparity in school funding.

Affirmative action was a core issue of the discussion, but so was equity in terms of school funding and/or access to public/state law schools for African American law students. This panel posed a unique opportunity for an audience to engage on the challenges of ensuring that the legal profession is as diverse as our country.

Please note: this panel is not for CLE credit.


  • Alfred D. Mathewson (Moderator), Emeritus Professor of Law | The University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Joan BullockDean | Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Ward FarnsworthDean | The University of Texas School of Law
  • George A. MartinezProfessor | Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
  • Drucilla RameyDean Emerita | Golden Gate University School of Law


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