Diversity Forum Series

About the Diversity Committee

The Universityof Louisville's Brandeis School of Law has a longstanding commitment to diversity. This commitment isevidenced in the school's faculty, staff and student body. The school's DiversityCommittee has played a major role in changing the culture of the law school.

Former Dean Donald Burnett first established an ad hoccommittee on diversity issues in fall 1992. That group evolved into today'svery active committee. Its job is to develop programming that supports race andgender diversity, inclusiveness and equity.

To date the committee has organized programs on everythingfrom affirmative action, disability rights and gay marriage to immigration law,elder law, the death penalty, sexual harassment, the separation of church andstate, domestic violence, racial profiling, voting rights, racial fairness in theJefferson County courts, minority entrepreneurship, the Family Court Amendmentand reproductive rights.

The committee co-sponsors several events each academic yearwith the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), the Lambda Law Caucus and theWomen's Law Caucus; other campus departments such as Women's and GenderStudies; and off-campus organizations including the American Civil LibertiesUnion of Kentucky and the Clothesline Project.

The committee also brings in nationally prominent speakersincluding Angela Davis and the late Anne Braden. All events are free and opento the public.

Contact Us

If you would like more information on the programs and initiatives supported by the School of Law's Diversity Committee, contact Robin Harris by email or at 852-6083



Louisville Clothesline Project Display

Sisters in Struggle Display

Helpful Links

UofL Diversity Home Page

This page offers links to diversit-related initiatives on campus, including (but not limited to):

BLSA Black History Month Page

Diversity & Equity Page from the Office of the President

Videocasts of the Diversity Program Series

Diversity Forum Series

2013 Programs

November 12

Before “Bombingham” and Beyond Trayvon

October 22
The Mighty Walk, Selma to Montgomery, 1965
January 22

2012 Programs

The Mayor’s Violence Reduction Task Force: Part 2
November 20

The Mayor’s Violence Reduction Task Force

October 2

Film Screening of "Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth"

April 10

Central High School Partnership Information Session for Law Students

February 28

2011 Programs

Two Centuries of Black Louisville

October 6

Restorative Justice

April 5

2010 Programs

Earth Jurisprudence: Awakening to Earth’s Rights: A Festival of Faiths Event

November 4

Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment

October 26

The Importance of Diversity in the Judiciary

September 28

Therapeutic Jurisprudence

April 1

Shaping the Tributary, Building the Pipeline: The Central High School Partnership

March 9

The Value of a Diverse Judiciary: Rescheduled for September 28 Due to Snow

February 9

2009 Programs

Racial Profiling

November 3

Keys to the Door: ENDA, Transgender Identity, and Community

September 29

From Prop 8 to SB 68: Legislative Attacks on LGBT Families

April 7

Passing the Baton: Current and Future Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in Louisville

February 24

2008 Programs

Separate Is Never Equal: Stories from South Africa and Palestine, with Doctor Diana Buttu and Reverend Eddie Makue November 20

The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, with Professor Elyn Saks

October 27
Current LGBT Legal Issues, with Keith Boykin October 6

Immigration: Debunking the Myths, with Ron Crouch, Gabriela Alcalde, and Ron Russell

September 23
Civil Rights Attorney to Address Race and the Supreme Court April 16

The Human Toll of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

March 4

Witness to Innocence, with speaker Ray Krone

February 21

Health Equity, with speaker Dr. Adewale Troutman

February 5

2007 Programs

Reproductive Freedom
November 13
Forty Years of Open Housing: The Louisville Experience October 2
Mountaintop Removal Mining: Human, Environmental, and Legal Dimensions—and Beyond
April 10

Storming the Court: A Conversation with Author Brandt Goldstein

February 27
The State of Louisville’s Black America in 2007
February 16
The Death Penalty as a Political Tool with Andrea Lyon
February 9

2006 Programs

Jefferson County Schools Go to Washington
October 17

Affirmative Action: Why It Remains a Relevant Necessity

September 19
Fairness in the Bluegrass and the South
April 3
Domestic Violence in Our Community: A Forum
February 6

2005 Programs

Katrina and the Cross-Currents of Environmental Injustice
November 7
The Rising Surge: Race, Class and the Politics of Response
October 3