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ABA Pipeline Council's 2022 Reimagining Pipeline Programs Virtual Series

The Good and the Bad: Examining the Impact of the School-to-Prison Pipeline on Access to Legal Education and the Pipeline to the Legal Profession

Co-Sponsored by the ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice

October 15, 2021 

The school-to-prison pipeline refers to the system of laws, policies and practices that results in children being funneled out of schools and into the prison sentence. Studies have clearly shown that this system disproportionately impacts students of color, students with disabilities and those who are LGBT+. As we strive to increase the pipeline for diverse students into the legal profession, how are those efforts impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline? What are the long-term impediments for prospective law school candidates impacted by the school-to-prison pipeline? Is there a place for innovative pipeline programs to mitigate that impact? 
Breakout Rooms included in session

Speakers include:

  • Jarret Adams, Founding Partner, The law Offices of Jarret Adams, PLLC; Cofounder, Life After Justice; Author, Redeeming Justice
  • Twanda Turner-Hawkins, Director, Global Litigation Dematic Corp. and KION Americas; Chair, ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice
  • Miguel H. Willis, Innovator in Residence, Future of the Profession Initiative, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School; Executive Director, Access to Justice Tech Fellows Program 


  • Elizabeth Bodamer, J.D., PhD., DEI Policy & Research Analyst and Senior Program Manager Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Law School Admission Council