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A Sense of Belonging at Vanderbilt

The endowment of a permanent director of the Diversity, Equity and Community Office in honor of the late Professor Robert Belton enables VLS to build on its long-term commitment to diversity, inclusion and racial justice.

“We want to foster an atmosphere at VLS where people with diverse backgrounds, identities and perspectives all feel welcome and included and find opportunities to learn and contribute. We want to educate lawyers who will bring that perspective to their work and communities wherever they live and practice.” - Dean Chris Guthrie

Read more about the endowment in honor of Professor Belton
The magazine cover for the Spring 2021 edition of Vanderbilt Law is a digital portrait of the late Professor Robert Belton created by artist Rachelle Baker-Martin. Martin’s portrait is based on an actual portrait of Belton painted by Gordon Wetmore that hangs in the law school.

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Statement of Law School Deans in Support of the Attorney General’s Call to the Legal Community

We, the deans of law schools across the United States, agree with Attorney General Garland that the legal profession is well positioned to provide support for tenants, landlords, and courts in the looming housing and eviction crisis. As law school deans responsible for training the next generation of lawyers to be stewards of an effective, equitable, and just legal system,
"... we feel obliged to do our part."
Therefore, we are working with our faculty and students to take immediate and meaningful action to combat this crisis. Drawing on resources such as our pro bono programs, clinical offerings, and the service of our larger law school communities, we will help ensure that families and individuals facing eviction have the legal representation, counseling, and assistance they need to exercise their rights, that those entitled to the support of the Emergency Rental Assistance Program are able to access it, and that eviction proceedings are conducted in a fair and just manner.

(Digitally signed by the deans of 44 American law schools.)