Diversity Week 2011 at Thomas Jefferson School of Law was one of the most action-packed ever. There were at least a dozen events on campus connected with TJSL’s commitment to and celebration of diversity – along the issues that are part of it.
The week began with a Black Law Students Association (BLSA) event on Saturday April 9 “De-Mystifying the Law School Admissions Process,” present to students from Crawford High School and others in the San Diego community. BLSA was a co-sponsor along with the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association of a mentoring program workshop on Sunday April 10, to help students master cover letter and resume writing.
On Monday April 11, Professor Kaimi Wenger did a presentation on the Micro-reparations Movement in connection with slavery in the United States. Also on Monday the Christian Legal Society held a Bible Study & General Meeting.
Tuesday, April 12 featured a panel co-sponsored by MELSA & Career Services –“Going Solo.” Several San Diego attorneys who are sole practitioners shared their insight on setting up a solo practice.
Also on Tuesday, Professor Marjorie Cohn discussed her new book: "The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse" at a National Lawyer’s Guild chapter event.
Wednesday evening featured a career symposium presented by BLSA, APALSA, La Raza, and the Women’s Law Association. It was followed by a Post Symposium Blues and Copyright Law Reception with a presentation by Professor K.J. Greene – complete with live music – both blues and jazz.
One of the highlights of the week is always the Annual Diversity Luncheon on Thursday, which was held for the first time in Student Organization Headquarters on the fifth floor. That evening, Professor Kaimi Wenger hosted a panel where several students made presentations on Critical Race Theory.
BLSA Shadow Day on Friday was a chance for students from Crawford High School to be law students for a day.
The WLA’s Annual Spelling Bee on Friday evening was a fundraiser – and was a also a “funraiser” for those who were there. Closing out the very successful week was the Christian Legal Society’s – Second Annual Easter Fun Day held here at TJSL on Friday.
Diversity is the lifeblood of TJSL. It’s an on-going commitment that comes from our core values. We are ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2011 as the 33rd most diverse law school in the nation, based on the demographics of the student body.