UConn Law Hosts Annual Diversity Week

UConn Law Hosts Annual Diversity Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 13, 2013
Contact: 
Michelle Helmin
Director of Communications, UConn Law
HARTFORD

The UConn Law Student Bar Association Diversity Committee, in conjunction with Shipman & Goodwin LLP, proudly presents Diversity Week 2013 from March 18-22.

This annual celebration highlights the importance of diversity initiatives at UConn Law and in the Connecticut legal community. The spectrum of events explores diversity of ethnicity, gender, politics, disability status, religion, and more.

Event highlights include:
• A student luncheon and discussion lead by the Honorable Lubbie Harper, Jr., a 1975 graduate of UConn Law and a judge trial referee of the Connecticut Supreme Court. Harper will lead a discussion on the importance of diversity in the legal community.
• Guest lecturer Diana Lombardi will lead a talk on transgender rights and awareness, gender identity and gender expression.
• Professors from a number of law schools, a legal blogger on same sex marriage issues, and the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union will conduct a panel on the Defense of Marriage Act, “Unequal Under the Law.”
• Representatives of the Affinity Bar Associations of Connecticut will participate in a panel discussion on their experiences about finding the right balance between fitting in to the legal community while allowing themselves to stand out and celebrate their differences.
• Valarie Kaur, critically acclaimed lawyer, civil rights advocate and filmmaker of “Divided We Fall,” will screen her film and lead a discussion about racism post 9/11. Kaur is the founding director of the Yale Visual Law Project.

Members of community are invited to attend and participate and must RSVP.

If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact Jane Thierfeld Brown at (860) 570-5132.

Shipman & Goodwin LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 150 attorneys and offices in Hartford, Stamford, Greenwich and Lakeville, CT and in Washington, D.C.  Founded in 1919, the firm’s attorneys represent many businesses, institutions, individuals and government entities in Connecticut, throughout New England and nationally.

The University of Connecticut School of Law is located on a beautiful 21-acre campus which is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Located in Hartford, the state’s capital, the Law School is located within minutes of the Connecticut Supreme Court, the Appellate Courts, state and federal agencies and numerous major law firms. The Law School’s West End campus is nestled among architecturally interesting homes, the Connecticut Historic Society, the Hartford Seminary, Hartford College for Women and the Connecticut Attorney General’s office.