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Advancing Diversity & Inclusion at Richmond Law

At the University of Richmond School of Law, we strive to cultivate and model a community marked by inclusivity and concern for others and the greater good. Creating a diverse learning environment in which our students can thrive is a top priority – not only because it makes for a better educational experience, but because it makes for better lawyers. We want to prepare our students to become the kind of lawyers who can navigate a multicultural world, and who will value diversity, equity, and inclusivity in their own work.

This site shares some of the actions we’re taking to work toward a more inclusive and diverse law school, as well as resources and programs to help us along the journey.

"Injustices occurring in our world today re-confirm our need to double down on our diversity and inclusion efforts, and to proactively and enthusiastically affirm our commitment to becoming an anti-racist institution."
-Dean Wendy Perdue

Student Orgs & Affinity Groups

Asian Pacific American Law Students Association
President: Nina Belber

Black Law Students Association
President: Courtni Weaver

First-Generation Law Students
Co-Chairs: Ka'Turah Francis and Julia Ziegler 

Jewish Law Students Association
President: Josh Schrecongost

Richmond Women's Law
President: Mary Margaret Hawkins

SBA Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Co-Chairs: Christian Jones and Sogand Falahatpour

Sexuality and Gender Alliance
President: Andy O'Connell

Faculty/Staff Diversity & Inclusion Committee

For 2020-2021 School Year

Charged with planning and providing recommendations on programming, resources, and tools for the community related to diversity and inclusion.

Doron Samuel-Siegel, Chair
Hank Chambers
Erin Collins
Ashley Dobbs
Janet Hutchinson, Ex Officio
Linda Lin
Molly Lentz-Meyer
Luke Norris
Alex Sklut, Ex Officio

Recent Law School Communications

June 6, 2020 Email to Alumni:
Working Toward Racial Justice

May 29, 2020 Email to Law School Community: 
Condemming Racist Acts of Violence

March 6, 2020 Email to Law School Community:
Next Steps Toward a More Inclusive Law School
FAQ Document

September 3, 2019 Email to Law School Community: 
Non-Discrimination Policy and the Solomon Amendment

In the News

Article about alumna Rita Davis, L'00
Northam’s case for removing Lee statue was devised by a lawyer descended from slaves
Washington Post
, June 22, 2020

Law students to assist in reviewing protest footage
Virginia Lawyers Weekly
, June 11, 2020

Op-ed by Ken Anderson, L'20
Leave the monuments - "in color"
Richmond Times-Dispatch
, June 18, 2020

Op-ed by Prof. Corinna Lain
What made George Floyd's death different? 
Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 11, 2020

A Podcast with Wendell Taylor, L'98
Our Pain
June 6, 2020



Contact Associate Dean of Students Alex Sklut with any questions or concerns: