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Diversity Week Brings Students Together

11/1/2017  -  Capital University Law School recently hosted its Third Annual Diversity Week, which is sponsored by the school’s Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Department of Student Affairs, and affinity student groups. The week’s events provided opportunities for members of the Law School community to come together in unity to not only celebrate differing and diverse points of view, but also to talk about pressing community issues.

The week began on October 16th, when the Hispanic Law Students Association hosted a spirited discussion regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive order, and how it potentially affects hundreds of thousands of Americans. Professor Mark Brown and immigration attorney Jessica Bell talked about not only the validity of the executive order, but also the practical effects that an increase in deportations might have on the court system and the field of practice.

On October 17th, Capital’s Black Law Students Association organized a panel that included local attorney Sean Walton and Professor Dan Kobil. The panelists discussed the constitutional and practical considerations of the NFL Black Lives Matter protests begun by Colin Kaepernick. That afternoon, the law school’s new First Generation Law Students group hosted an event on networking do’s and don’ts with law school alumnus Hannah Botkyn-Doty, L’13, and Jill Snitchler McQuain, Executive Director of the Columbus Bar Association.

On Wednesday, October 18th, the Capital Equality Alliance and Capital University Law School ACLU Invited Ramona Peel from Equitas to present the organization’s “Trans 101” training to a group of interested students.

“We endeavor to celebrate diversity every day at Capital University Law School, “ said Branden Smith, Capital University Law School’s Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion: “The focus of this week’s events is to promote dialogue between students that have many different perspectives on issues that are important to the Capital University Law School community, and hopefully, to build bridges between them.”