Paul L. Caron
Dean


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

University Of Washington Law Students Demand Racial Justice

The Daily op-ed:  Law Students Demand Racial Justice, by Ashleen O'Brien (J.D. 2021, University of Washington):

University of Washington (2020)First-year students at the UW School of Law began Winter quarter by demanding that the school administration prioritize diversity. Before a lecture that was scheduled to be given by Dean Mario Barnes to the entire first-year class, a group of students of color and their allies stood up and began a demonstration.

Clad in all black clothing and standing together in front of the class, the demonstrators commanded the attention of the room. Some had covered their mouths with pieces of tape reading “silenced” to represent the erasure experienced by people of color, queer people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized individuals at UW Law.

In a series of questions addressed to the Dean and faculty, demonstrators demanded to know why there are so few professors of color at the school, why professors who have continuously displayed racism and transphobia are not held accountable, and why there are no native students in the first-year class.

After firing off some 20-or-so questions, a group of students approached the Dean and presented a Demand Letter. In addition to demanding a more diverse body of students and faculty, the letter instructed the administration to allocate more resources to the required first year course, Introduction to Perspectives on the Law (“Perspectives”). ...

In an email to the school on Tuesday, Dean Barnes wrote “I hear your concerns, and we are taking action.” The Dean expressed that he hopes to find time for “an in-depth public dialogue about these extremely important topics” before the end of the month.

UpdateUniversity Of Washington Dean Responds To Law Students' Demand For Racial Justice

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2020/01/university-of-washington-law-students-demand-racial-justice.html

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Comments

" In addition to demanding a more diverse body of students and faculty, the letter instructed the administration to allocate more resources to the required first year course, Introduction to Perspectives on the Law (“Perspectives”).

Perspectives is the only required course in which students are given space to critically examine and discuss the racist and patriarchal foundations of the American legal system. The course is pass/fail and only one credit. Out of the five professors who teach it, only one is a person of color."

This class does not sound like it will be incredibly useful when these students
1) Take the bar exam
2) Apply for jobs
3) Actually have to work in the corporate world.


If students want to make "demands", the administration should remind them that they still have a lot to learn, and not a lot of time in which to do it, and the law school's resources are too limited to waste on frivolities.

Posted by: Demands | Jan 22, 2020 2:09:51 PM

The school admitted them, now they get to deal with them.

Posted by: Chris | Jan 22, 2020 5:22:10 PM

Students parroting back what liberals have indoctrinated into them has nothing to do with justice

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Jan 23, 2020 4:11:57 AM

Diverse as to a few physical characteristics, maybe. But I doubt that diverse in the sense have differing opinions is on the agenda of these disrupters. Indeed, the very point of their behavior is to force everyone to think and act like them, starting with their "Demand Letter."

Posted by: Mike Perry | Jan 23, 2020 4:40:32 AM

Please tell the "protesters" to get a job.

Posted by: Mike Constitution | Jan 23, 2020 6:10:56 AM

how many of those students would give up their spot for a minority student. ask them that

Posted by: tom | Jan 23, 2020 10:04:51 AM