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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 

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 2019-2020 School Year

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

Hank Chambers, Chair
Ashley Dobbs
Michelle Heck
Janet Hutchinson
Molly Lentz-Meyer
Luke Norris
Doron Samuel-Siegel
Alex Sklut

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: