Why is law school diversity important?

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) advocates for diversity in law schools. They believe—as do we in the Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University—that access to justice is essential for a democratic society, and diversity in the legal profession increases the likelihood of access for people from an increasingly diverse population.

Further, diversity in law schools enables individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to add their perspectives to the greater legal community.

Duquesne Kline School of Law is dedicated to creating a truly diverse community of scholars. Today, our students have more opportunities than ever to study with future colleagues from a multitude of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.

They learn from professors who bring diverse experiences into the classroom—and they experience firsthand the U.S. legal industry transforming into a more diverse profession. 

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All are welcomed at Duquesne Kline School of Law

Duquesne Kline School of Law is proud of its historic, and forward looking, commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession:

  • First black dean of a major American Law School
  • The first woman admitted to the School was in 1914.
  • First man of color to graduate from the School was in 1925
  • Tribone Center for Clinical Legal Education opened in 2013 and provides student attorneys hands-on client experiences which impacts diverse communities.
  • Impactful speakers have been welcomed on campus including U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

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2023 Summer Judicial Internship Diversity Project

Apply at www.tfaforms.com by January 6, 2023

The SJID Project provides summer judicial internships to diverse law students from communities underrepresented in the legal community.  The project is national in scope and will replace law students as judicial in the chambers of federal appellate district, bankruptcy, magistrate, and select state court judges.

Questions: sjidproject@jtb.org

Pittsburgh Legal Diversity and Inclusion Coalition (PLDIC)

  • 2L/3L Mentoring Program – In partnership with the Allegheny County Bar Association, University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Duquesne Kline School of Law of Duquesne University, and the Pittsburgh Black Lawyers Alliance
  • 2L/3L Mentoring Program Kickoff Event

Held September 1, 2022, 6 to 8pm, City of Asylum, 40 W. North Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

First meeting of the semester between students and experienced lawyers, welcoming all.

  • Virtual Session Programs – September 19, from 5 to 6pm, Government Jobs with Judge Nicola Henry-Taylor and AUSA Jacqueline Brown
  • November 9, 5 to 6pm – Giving back to get Back-How to getting involved in Our Community Helps you gain a community-ACBF Board Chair Keith Whitson and ACBA LGBTQ+ Rights Committee Chair Nick Bell.
  • November 17, 4 to 6pm, K&L Gates Center

Sandra Yamate, CEO of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession (IILP), an organization dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession through its research and programs, reception following. Students and members were invited.

 

Graduate Students of Color Thanksgiving Dinner

November 16, 2022, 6:30 to 8:00pm

  • Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University. The 2022 dinner was hosted by Carnegie Mellon University in Rangos 2 and 3 in the Cohon University Center.
  • This event has been held for 31 years. Duquesne University rejoined this year. The next event will be hosted by Pitt, then Duquesne University.
  • Students received a delicious dinner, listened to an excellent graduate speaker, and received free professional headshots

CEIR (Pittsburgh Corporate Equity Inclusion Roundtable) Conference

Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, Power Center

  • Re-imagining Pittsburgh as a Region of Equity, Inclusion, and Impact for African Americans, November 16, 2022, 9:00am to 1:30pm
  • Initiated by the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP)
  • Tim Stevens, Chairman & CEO
  • Various companies presented their outreach to meet equity, equality, and justice within their hiring and employment process

Kline Duquesne WLA and FedEx Ground Women’s Attorney Forum

Wednesday, November 9, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Room 414 – Faculty Lounge

  • Students were invited to learn about working as in-house counsel from the perspective of women & diverse attorneys. In a speed networking format, students had a chance to meet and learn from the attorneys from FedEx Ground.
  • Supported by Career Services and Inclusive and Excellence Office.

PBA (Pennsylvania Bar Association) Minority Bar Committee, Western Region Social Gathering

An informal evening for fellowship, collegiality, and fun

November 2, 2022, 5 to 7pm, Fogo de Chao, 525 Smithfield Street, Pgh, PA 15222

  • PBA President, Jay N. Silberblatt, PBA Secretary, Jacqueline B. MartinezMBC Co-chair Anthony D. Cox, MBC Co-Chair Su Ming Yeh

ACBA Diversity Law Student Reception

Koppers Building, Pittsburgh, PA, October 18, 2022, 5:30pm

  • A Kick off – diverse students invited to attend a reception and mingle with attorneys and judges

ACBA 1L/1E, Summer Clerkship Program Information Session

October 26, 2022, 12:00 to 12:45pm, Law School, Room 303, making meaningful connections

  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), LCLD Success in Law School Mentoring Program for diverse/underrepresented FIRST YEAR
  • A national organization of more than 400 corporate general counsel and law firm managing partners to support the success of diverse students. Mentees are partnered with experienced lawyers in their city.

Meet the Leaders of Commissions, presented by the PBA Diversity Equity and Inclusion Team

This DEI Team advises Governor Tom Wolf on issues related to various traditionally underrepresented constituencies.

October 24, 2022, Noon to 1:00pm, Virtual

  • Luz B. Colon, Latino Affairs; Moriah Hathaway, Women Affairs; LaDeshia Maxwell, African American Affairs; Henry Sias, LGBTQ Affairs; Stephanie Sun, Asian Pacific American Affairs

Black Law Student Organization, Bonfire, putt putt, and music event

Celebration of camaraderie while enjoying togetherness and support

October 21, 2022, Babcock Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA, 7 to 9:30pm


Celebrate Sukkot with Jewish Law Student Association

October 13, 2022, 12 Noon, Law School

  • Celebration ceremony outside the law school with Rene Balderas and Rabbi Shmuel Weinstein


Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Speaker Series Month, virtual
  • Cristina Carrasco, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, When Cooking Becomes Political: Documenting Spaces of Resistance by Latinx Chefs, September 27, 2022, 4:30pm
  • Solange Munoz, University of Tennessee, infrastructure framework to explore the migratory strategies and experiences of Latin American woman and mothers who were forced to migrate, October 12, 2022, 4:30pm, Rockwell Hall Lecture 3

Black Law Student Association, Networking, Tips & Tricks for Building Key Relationships for Legal Careers

October 5, 2022, Noon to 12:45pm, Law School, Room 303

  • Lawyers from various law firms attended

Black Law Student Organization, first year law students, Resume and Cover Letter Workshop
  • Assisted by the Career Service Office, October 19, 2022, Noon to 12:45pm, Law School, Room 303

Diversity Luncheon

September 27, 2022, Noon to 1:00pm, 4th Floor, Faculty Lounge

  • Bobbi Britton Tucker, Partner at Cozen O’Connor, guest speaker
      

Diversity and Inclusion In the Profession: Past, Present, and the Future, sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law

September 15, 2022, 5:30 to 7:00pm, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, US Steel Building, 600 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA

  • Panelists explore the importance of promoting and increasing racial diversity and inclusion in the Profession. How to overcome barriers and full participation in the practice of law.
  • Justice Cynthia Ackron Baldwin; Martha Richards Conley, JD,1971; Derek Illar-Antonucci, JD, 2009; Aubrey Jones, JD, 2007; Tony Thompson, JD, 2006

Student Highlights

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Roshni Master

Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote and the Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University have named Roshni Master as this year’s recipient of the Trial Skills Diversity Scholarship.

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Adger W. Drummond II

Summer Associate for Ogletree Deakins (2022)

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Olamide Owoeye

3L, Summer Associate for JacksonKelly PLLC (2022)

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Tiere J. Phillips

3L, First Year Associate for Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C. (accepted offer)

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Antonio Cheathom

2L, Summer Associate for CIPRIANI & WERNER PC (2023)

Diversity Resources

Explore our internal and external resources related to diversity and the Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University.

Director of Inclusive Excellence

Meet Dr. Valerie J. Harper

In September 2022, Dr. Valerie Harper was named the Director of Inclusive Excellence for the Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University.

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