Diversity Week 2014

Diversity Week 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014 (All day) to Friday, March 28, 2014 (All day)
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Diversity Week 2014 is a campus-wide event that showcases UConn Law School's commitment to offering a safe and diverse environment. First organized in 2011, the week's activities offer community members a chance to celebrate all of the differences that make each of us unique. Throughout the week, student organizations host a variety of events that encourage community members to take pause and appreciate how each member contributes to Law School's campus culture. Community members are encouraged to continue these conversations in their lives outside of the Law School. Beginning in 2013, Shipman & Goodwin LLP became the week's exclusive sponsor.

Sponsoring Student Organizations include:
American Civil Liberties Union (UConn Law Chapter)

American Constitutional Society
Arts, Entertainment and Sports Law Society
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
Black Law Students Association
Christian Legal Society
Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies
Jewish Law Students' Association
Lambda Law Society
Latino Law Students Association
Muslim Law Student Society
Public Interest Law Group
Russian Law Speaking Student Association

South Asian Law Student Association
Student Bar Association
Women Law Students' Association

Monday, March 24
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CommUnity Luncheon

Law students, faculty and staff are invited to join the CommUnity Luncheon. This event will offer a festive introduction to Diversity Week, but will also provide space for themed conversations hosted by the different student groups.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Power of Our Narratives

Law students, faculty and staff are invited to join the conversation as community members share their personal stories of life, loss and triumph. Members of the UConn Law community will be given an opportunity to share their narrative.

Tuesday, March 25
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Icebreaking with Ice Cream

Law students, faculty and staff are invited to this event. Enjoy ice cream sundaes from Ben and Jerry's and karaoke while getting to know members of our Law School community.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Perspectives on Immigration: A Debate

Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute and Renee C. Redman, Law Offices of Renee C. Redman, will share their proposed solutions for comprehensive immigration reform in a spirited and engaging conversation on an issue that is both incredibly important and deeply divisive. The debate will be moderated by Douglas R. Penn, Law Offices of Douglas R. Penn and Former Chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Bring your opinions and your questions.

Wednesday, March 26
8:30 am - 9:30 am
Coffee Break
Library, Slate Foyer

Law students, faculty and staff are invited to start the day with coffee and pastries from Hartford's own Panaderia Pan Del Cielo.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Mental Health, Substance Abuse and the Bar Exam
Janet M. Blumberg Hall

Panelists will speak on the barriers to the Bar exam faced by those who have struggled with mental health or substance abuse. The group will share insights and personal stories about these barriers and will critically explore possibilities for change.

Panelists include:
Jon Bauer, Professor of Law, UConn School of Law
Mark DuBois `77, Attorney, Geraghty & Bonnano
Kathleen Flaherty, Attorney, Statewide Legal Services
Leslie Levin, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, UConn School of Law (moderator)

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Asian Americans and Invisibility in Law and Politics

A panel of Asian-American lawyers and politicians will speak out about the unique challenges they have faced as Asian-Americans in their particular places of influence. Panelists will present perspectives from a variety of positions within the spheres of law and politics.
Panelists include:
Nina Elgo, Judge, Connecticut Superior Court
Sung-Ho Hwang `92, Attorney, Law Offices of Sung-Ho Hwang, LLC.
Scott Sebastian, Assistant Vice President and Counsel - State Government Relations at MassMutual Financial Group (moderator)
William Tong, Connecticut State Representative

The Diversity Committee would like to thank the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Connecticut (CAPABA) for supporting this event.

Thursday, March 27
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Against All Odds: The Stories of Winning Pro Bono Attorneys and Their Clients

This event will feature true stories told by people in the community who have overcome obstacles through litigation. The winning clients will share, alongside the lawyers who fought for them.

5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Suzan Johnson Cook, Third United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom

Ambassador Suzan Johnson Cook is the first African-American female to serve as the United States Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. She will be speaking from her experiences serving her country in this unique role, and will share about how those experiences have been shaped and influenced by race, gender and faith.

Friday, March 28
6:00 pm - 10:30 pm
YOU-Conn Law Showcase

Law students, faculty and staff are invited to the grand finale of Diversity Week. The Showcase will feature live performances from students, staff and faculty and will include music, dance, spoken word, and more.

All of these events are held in the William F. Starr Hall unless otherwise noted.
Karen DeMeola, Assistant Dean of Students
If you require reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact the Law School at 860-570-5130 or via email at access@law.uconn.edu at least two weeks in advance.