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Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession (Lucas)
Fall 2019   LAW 947-001  

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Meeting Times/Location
M 4:30PM - 6:30PM
Tanenbaum Hall 142

Faculty
Kassem Lucas

Lecturer in Law

lucask@pepperlaw.com
Additional Information

Skills Training
Oral Presentations
Team Projects
Drafting Legal Documents
Expository Writing
Other Professional Skills:

Grading
25% Participation,
50% Paper,
25% Other (Grades will be based on papers, projects and participation.)

Satisfies Senior Writing Requirement

No
It has not before been a SWR but I am interested in discussing.

Category
Seminar

Credits
3.0

Course Description: Explore how diversity plays a role in the practice of law, the legal industry, and the attorney pipeline. Learn how diversity is defined today and whether that has consequences for traditionally under-represented groups such as people of color and members of the LGBT community. Examine if issues faced by women are unique and whether being a woman of color poses any additional challenges. Explore hot topics such as implicit bias, generational diversity, and transgenderism. What are affinity groups and why do they matter? Develop an understanding of the roles of straight white males. Students will have an opportunity to learn from experts in the legal field and complete projects putting them into the heart of the diversity discussion in today’s legal field.

Course Concentrations

Perspectives on the Law
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate an understanding of how the law affects, and is affected by, the individual course topic; Perform legal analysis in the context of the individual course topic; Communicate effectively on the legal and other aspects of the individual course topic; Demonstrate the ability to use other disciplines to analyze legal issues relevant to the individual course topic, including economics, philosophy, and sociology, as appropriate.

Equity and Inclusion
Learning outcomes: Demonstrate a core understanding of the varied legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Perform legal analysis in the context of topics related to equity and inclusion; Communicate effectively on the legal aspects of equity and inclusion; Demonstrate an understanding of how equity and inclusion are connected to and affected by a wide variety of legal and regulatory structures and doctrines.