Diversity Week offers wide range of events

(February 16, 2011) Seattle University School of Law invites you to participate in a full schedule of events for Diversity Week 2011. 

Diversity is an important component of who and what we are as a law school; the more we discuss the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, culture, class, religion, gender, ability, immigration status, sexual orientation and lived experience, the better we can continue to advance social justice. 

Diversity Week 2011 begins Feb. 22, and the events of the week are as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 22

The Intersections of Criminal Law and Immigration Law:  A discussion about the recent immigration raid in Ellensburg
Noon-12:50 p.m.
Room C5

The Criminal Justice Society presents a panel to discuss the criminal and immigration implications of the Ellensburg raid, as well as the overall collateral effects of criminal pleas on immigration status. We will also discuss the economic effects caused by the Ellensburg raid, the detrimental impact to families and the Ellensburg School District, and what lies ahead for the people who were detained. 

Underage Prostitution and the Sexual Exploitation of Young Girls in Seattle
1-1:50 p.m.

The Women's Law Caucus and SYLAW-SU present a discussion about a largely impoverished and marginalized population and the legal responses or approaches that can be taken.

Diversity in Politics
2-2:50 p.m.

The Young Democrats and College Republicans are jointly hosting a Diversity in Politics panel with local community leaders; planned topics include voter participation, representative democracy and other issues facing minorities in politics.

Expanding Diversity in the Legal Profession by Reaching Out to Underrepresented Youth
4-4:50 p.m.
Room C7
If interested, RSVP to marink@seattleu.edu.

The Asian Pacific Islander Law Student Association (APILSA) welcomes Christiani Cates, the Program Director of the King County Bar Association's Future of the Law Institute,  for a presentation and open discussion about how diversity is being promoted in the legal profession.  We will discuss problems regarding access and what we can do to help open the doors to diversity. 

"Justice Works! performs Set Up to Fail"
5-5:50 p.m.
Room C5

Theatrical performance by Justice Works! regarding Washington's prison system. Justice Works! members will be available for panel discussion and question-and-answer period on possibilities for getting involved in their programs and Three Strikes reform campaign.

Wednesday, Feb. 23

Climate Change and the Threat to Environmental Diversity: What Should Be Done in the Face of Uncertainty?
Noon-1:20 p.m.

John Kunich, professor of law at the University of North Carolina and author of "Betting the Earth," will argue that the government should not take major steps to combat climate change because the costs would be very large and the benefits highly uncertain. John Kirkwood, associate professor and associate dean at Seattle University, will question these premises and suggest that the risks of environmental catastrophe posed by climate change make a minimalist approach unwise. This debate will explore some of the most problematic issues in modern environmental policy and offer insight into how decisions should be made in the face of uncertainty.

"Brother Outsider: a film about Bayard Rustin"
1:30-3:20 p.m.
If interested, RSVP to lynchc1@seattleu.edu.

BLSA and Outlaws present the movie "Brother Outsider" and then follow with a facilitated discussion on issues such what the current issues are in activism for peace, racial equality and human rights; what has changed and what has not and what should we do next!

Thursday, Feb. 24

Tierra y Libertad: Land Rights, Greenwashing Displacement, and U.S. Foreign Policy in Colombia
Noon-1:50 p.m.
Room 109
If interested, RSVP to jenkins5@seattleu.edu.

In this panel focusing on Colombia, topics of discussion will include the land rights of indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities protected by the Constitution, the violation of those rights by paramilitaries and multi-national corporations, and U.S. foreign policy in Colombia, including the war on drugs. Panelists include Professor Carmen Gonzalez, who has conducted extensive research on these issues; local union member Frank Guglielmo, who recently returned from a Witness for Peace delegation to Colombia; and Witness for Peace Regional Organizer Colette Cosner, who is coordinating the Seattle University Law School trip to Colombia with Witness for Peace in May 2011. Join us to learn more about these complex, urgent issues and about the opportunity to examine them first-hand this summer in Colombia.

CLE: Advocacy Strategies for Protecting Civil Rights
3-5:30 p.m.
Room 110
Free for students, staff, and faculty
To register, click

Seattle University School of Law's Lawyering in a Diverse World Series and the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System present "Advocacy Strategies for Protecting Civil Rights."  This CLE program will include an engaging discussion on police accountability in light of the increasing number of incidents and reports of police misconduct.  A reception following the CLE will provide a forum to discuss how attorneys and community members can respond to civil rights violations and racial bias in the criminal justice system.

Diversity Week Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m.
2nd Floor Gallery
This event is free and open to the public.
RSVP by Monday, Feb. 21 by clicking

The reception following the CLE will provide a forum to discuss how lawyers, law students and community members can address racial bias in the criminal justice system.  The discussion will be facilitated by the Co-Chairs of the Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System, Professor Robert Chang, director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, and Judge Steven González, chair of the WA Access to Justice Board.

Diversity Week is organized by the Diversity Week Planning Committee: Cynthia Delostrinos, Sarah Elerson, Lynette Jenkins, Andrew Le, Cassandra Lynch, Karen Marin, Niko Olsrud, Diego Rondon, Chris Sanders, and Holly Scott

Special thanks to the following for their support: The Student Bar Association, Office of Student Affairs, Office of Admissions, Access to Justice Institute, ACLU, APILSA, BLSA, CJS, CR, ELS, FS, HRN, LLSA, Outlaws, SJEL, SYLAW, WLC, and YD