I often tell prospective students that there is always something going on at the Law School and that U of C students have no shortage of lectures, panels, or discussions to attend (in fact, students often have to choose between multiple programs). The last week of October was Diversity Week at the Law School. Many of our more than 50 student organizations sponsored a wide range of events, all of which were well attended. Early in the week, the Black Law Students Association presented "How Judges Decide Cases under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act" and the Law Women’s Caucus presented a faculty discussion on how international armed conflicts affect women called "Women in War Zones". The Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the South Asian Law Students Association presented a program called "Building a Better Legal Academy" and the Federalist Society presented a faculty discussion on ideological diversity. Wrapping up the week, OutLaw presented a discussion on sexual orientation and constitutional law called "From Disgust to Humanity", which you can listen to on our Open Minds podcast. Finally, the Latino Law Students Association presented a talk on immigration.
Our own faculty members were active contributors to Diversity Week. Participating professors and lecturers included Mary Anne Case, Anupam Chander, Rosalind Dixon, Mary Anne Franks, Todd Henderson, Thomas Miles, Adam Mortara, Jennifer Nagda, Martha Nussbaum, Lior Strahilivetz, Madhavi Sunder, and Maria Woltjen.
In addition to these lunch time programs, the LLM students hosted international tables at our weekly Wednesday morning Coffee Mess and BLSA sponsored our Diversity Week Wine Mess. We will do our best to keep you updated on other fun and thought-provoking events at the Law School throughout the academic year!