January 21, 2021

ABA kicks off 10-month series on reimagining legal education

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2021 — The American Bar Association Diversity and Inclusion Center’s Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline will debut a 10-month program called Re-Imagining Legal Education: Innovations in Pipeline Programs, a monthly series that begins Friday, Jan. 29 and will run once a month on Fridays through Oct. 29.

The inaugural session on Jan. 29 from 2-3:30 p.m. ET will feature opening remarks by ABA President Patricia Lee Refo and ABA President-elect Reginald Turner. The keynote speaker will be Angela Onwuachi-Willig, dean and professor of law at Boston University College of Law.

This 10-part series of collaborative programming will address several issues impacting the pipeline to the legal profession. Each session will include an opportunity for attendees to learn and share with the goal of strengthening the educational pipeline into the profession.

The goal of equity and inclusion in the legal system requires diverse representation in the legal profession. Pipeline programs are critical to help ensure that students in historically marginalized communities do not fall out of the pipeline.

Topics for the series are:

  • Part I: “Re-Imagining Legal Education: Courage, Conviction and Commitment”
  • Part II: “Pipeline Programs in a Pandemic: Access, Hurdles, and Innovations”
  • Part III: “Re-Imagining Legal Education: Magic Happens When Students and Faculty Collaborate”
  • Part IV: “Re-Imagining K-12 Pipeline Programs: Early Exposure Matters”
  • Part V: “Money, Money, Money, Money…. Money: Innovations in Funding for Pipeline Programs”
  • Part VI: “Experiences in Building an LGBTQ+ Pipeline”
  • Part VII: “There is More Than One Way: Re-Imagining the Pathway Post-Secondary Education”
  • Part VIII: “‘Pipeline’ The Good vs. The Bad: Re-Imagining the Role of Pipeline Programs in Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline”
  • Part IX: “Intersectionality: An Innovative Lens for Understanding the Challenges Faced by Disabled Students”
  • Part X: “Young People Speak”

To register as media for the series, please contact Robert Robinson at Robert.Robinson@americanbar.org.

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