Equity, Diversity and Community

Lauren Sudeall to join Vanderbilt Law faculty in summer 2023

Nov. 28, 2022—Sudeall’s scholarship focuses on constitutional law, criminal procedure and access to justice. She is currently a professor at the Georgia State University College of Law, where she is the founding faculty director of the Center for Access to Justice.

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Honoring Our Veterans

Nov. 11, 2022— VLS is privileged to count veterans of exceptional character, intellect and dedication among its past and present students, and we honor them on Veteran's Day.

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Celebrating Our First-Generation Students – Past and Present

Nov. 3, 2022—National First-Generation Celebration Day offers all of us an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work, risk-taking, ambition and talent of Vanderbilt's first-generation law students and graduates.

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Justin Driver, Robert R. Slaughter Professor at Yale Law, delivers the Victor S. Johnson Lecture Oct. 26

Oct. 26, 2022—Professor Driver teaches and writes in the area of constitutional law. He is the author of the award-winning book, The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind, which was selected as a Washington Post Notable Book of the Year and an Editors’ Choice of The New York Times Book Review.

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Stigmatized Medical Rhetoric: Monkeypox and the AIDS Epidemic in Queer Communities, a talk by Sara Cross Oct. 31

Oct. 25, 2022—This event starts at 12:30 p.m. in Flynn Auditorium and is sponsored by OUTLAW and the Vanderbilt Health Law Society.

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Honoring the contributions of Latinx students, staff and faculty

Oct. 19, 2022—Marking the conclusion of Latinx Heritage Month, VLS honors the extraordinarily impactful contributions of our Latinx students, staff, and faculty.

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View Supreme Court Affirmative Action Oral Argument, with introduction by Matthew Shaw, Nov. 1

Oct. 13, 2022—Education policy expert Matthew Shaw will provide an introduction to a recording of the Supreme Court hearing of the oral arguments in SFFA v. Harvard and SFFA v. UNC, both of which are Title VI cases.. Both schools are accused of discriminating against Asians and Aisan-Americans in their admissions policies. The event is sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Student Association and the George Barrett Social Justice Program.

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Faith and Politics: LGTBQIA+ Social Justice and Reproductive Rights, a panel discussion featuring Michigan State Sen. Mallory McMorrow Oct. 3

Sep. 29, 2022—In addition to Sen. McMorrow, panelists include Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Women's and Gender Studies Katherine Crawford and Vanderbilt Divinity School Dean Emilie Townes. Sen. McMorrow, a self-proclaimed “straight, white, Christian woman,” delivered a powerful speech on the floor of the Michigan Senate in response to claims from a fellow senator of grooming and sexualizing kindergarteners, telling the audience, “We must not let hate win.” Sen. Morrow will begin the discussion and then participate in a moderated discussion on the topics of faith, politics, LGBTQIA+ rights, and reproductive freedom. This event is co-sponsored by the George Barrett Social Justice Program.

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Guggenheim Fellow Robert Barsky shares 5 insights from his book, Clamouring for Legal Protection: What the Great Books Teach Us About People Fleeing from Persecution

Sep. 26, 2022—Barsky's 10-minute podcast is featured by the Next Big Idea Club. His research combines social justice, human rights and border and refugee studies with literary and artistic insights into the plight of vulnerable migrants.

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Critical Vote Theory: A Moral Mandate for Voting Rights, featuring Obama Foundation CEO Valerie Jarrett Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.

Sep. 6, 2022—Vanderbilt Divinity School's third annual Kelly Miller Smith Foundation virtual symposium features keynote speaker Valerie Jarratt in a discussion moderated by NPR Code Switch senior correspondent Karen Grigsby Bates, and a panel discussion featuring Nse Ufot, former CEO of the New Georgia Project, and Deirdra Reed, policy and advocacy partner at the New Teacher Project, moderated by Opio Dupree, fellow for CEO Action for Racial Equality. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. Registration required.

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Incoming students tour historic social justice sites

Sep. 6, 2022—The tours, sponsored by Law Students for Social Justice, included historic sites in Nashville and on the Vanderbilt campus.

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A Welcome Message to the Class of 2023

Aug. 17, 2022—Yesha Yadav, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Community and faculty co-director of the LL.M. program, extends a warm welcome to the incoming J.D. and LL.M. classes.

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VLS ranks 7th in Lawyers of Color 2022 listing of 65 Best Law Schools for Black Students

Jul. 20, 2022—Lawyers of Color, a nonprofit organization that promotes diversity in the legal profession, ranked the Top 65 Law Schools for Black Students based on number of J.D.s awarded to black students, J.D.-required job placement, placement of graduates as Big Law associates, bar passage rate, black student enrollment, federal and state clerkships, distinguished black alumni, grants and scholarship awards, selectivity and tuition cost.

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Celebrating Pride at Vanderbilt

Jun. 30, 2022— As lawyers, this month calls on us to remember the essential role of the law in helping ensure that all people can be their fullest and brightest selves.

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“Is the Establishment Clause Dead? A Message From SCOTUS” – Bloomberg Law opinion piece by Matthew Shaw

Jun. 24, 2022—Shaw argues that the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that Maine cannot exclude faith-based schools from a state program that pays for private school tuition in areas of the state that lack public schools could erode the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.

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Celebrating Juneteenth

Jun. 17, 2022—Juneteenth marks a milestone of moral progress that began the journey toward legal and institutional equality for Black Americans.

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Celebrate Pride Month with events planned on the VU campus and across Nashville

Jun. 16, 2022—Pride Month events include a fundraiser for the Oasis Center's Just Us program June 18, a Pride Brunch Jun 19, a Pride Movie Outdoor Night June 22, and a shuttle to and from the Nashville Pride parade and festival June 25. Most events will be held at the K.C. Potter Center.

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Social Justice Reporter, new scholarly journal, to launch at Vanderbilt in 2022-23

Jun. 7, 2022—The Social Justice Reporter will publish cutting-edge intersectional scholarship and expert perspectives on social justice, civil rights and public-interest lawyering after it launches next year. Its name acknowledges the legacy of the historic Race Relations Reporter, which was published at VLS from 1956 to 1972.

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On the Tragic Incident in Laguna Woods

May. 17, 2022— This horrifying incident marks a further moment of loss and tragedy for the Asian community in our country that has suffered deeply over these recent years in repeated incidents of violence.

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A Statement on the Tragedy in Buffalo

May. 16, 2022—We are horrified and heartbroken by the tragic events that took place in Buffalo. We mourn the lives lost to this heinous act of racist violence, and we send our deepest condolences to the families of the victims and their friends and communities.

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Miles Malbrough ’22 to address estate planning in Nashville’s Black community as Equal Justice Works Fellow

Apr. 28, 2022—Malbrough will focus on preventing houses from becoming “heirs property” by promoting estate planning as an EJW Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands. His two-year fellowship is funded by the Albert & Anne Mansfield Foundation.

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“Implicit Bias, Structural Bias and Implications for Law and Policy,” April 21 lecture by California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu

Apr. 20, 2022—The Dean’s Lecture Series on Race and Discrimination for spring 2022 will conclude with Justice Liu's lecture in Flynn Auditorium from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21. The public is invited to attend the lecture via Zoom.

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“And a Public Defender for All”: Sara Mayeux’s opinion piece addresses Judge Ketangi Brown Jackson’s historic SCOTUS appointment

Apr. 12, 2022—Judge Jackson is the first Supreme Court justice whose prior experience includes work as a federal public defender. Mayeux asserts that "given that several...justices previously worked as federal prosecutors, Jackson's confirmation injects a welcome measure of professional balance to the lineup" and that Jackson is the "first justice since Thurgood Marshall with meaningful criminal defense experience."

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Film Night: “My Name Is Pauli Murphy,” a critically acclaimed 2021 documentary spotlighting an influential civil rights activist

Apr. 8, 2022—Dr. Murray's writings were described by Justice Thurgood Marshall as essential reading for civil rights lawyers. Often overlooked, Dr. Murray was an extraordinarily influential figure in the history of civil rights in America. This documentary screening in Flynn Auditorium is co-sponsored by the George Barrett Social Justice Program and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community, in partnership with the Black Law Students Association, the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council, the Law Students for Social Justice, OUTLaw and the Women Law Students Association.

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s pathbreaking appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court

Apr. 8, 2022—This historic moment represents a ceiling shattered for Black women in the legal profession and a long-overdue recognition of immense talent, hard work and achievement.

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