What are Affinity Groups?

Affinity Groups bring individuals together to create a community sharing similar interests, hobbies, goals, identities, cultures, and/or languages.

Why are Affinity Groups important in law schools?

They allow law students who share an identity—usually a marginalized identity—to gather, talk in a safe space about issues related to that identity, and transfer that discussion into action that makes for a more equitable experience.

The Thomas R. Kline School of Law of Duquesne University has a variety of Affinity Groups on campus, including the following:

  • Black and African American
  • LGBTQ+
  • Asian
  • Latinx and Hispanic
  • Native Americans
  • Jewish

Are you a First Gen?

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Law Student Affinity Groups and Leaders

Meet the 2022-23 leaders and learn more about the diverse student organizations in the Duquesne Kline School of Law.

Rene Balderas, 3D
President               
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Kaine Spitak, 3D
President
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President

Advocate and Celebrate

  • Black History Month: February 1-March 1
  • LGBTQ+ Pride Month: June 1-30
  • National Disability Employment Awareness Month: October
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15
  • National Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: May 1-May 31
  • Native American Heritage Month: November 1-November 30
  • Rosh Hashanah: September 25-27
  • Simchat Torah: October 16-18
  • Sukkot (First Days): October 9-11
  • Veterans Month: November
  • Women's History Month: March
  • Yom Kippur: October 4-5

Additional Resources

Kelli Ware, Vincent Johnson and Dr. Valerie Harper are pictured at the 2022 Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition.

Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition

Kelli Ware, Vincent Johnson and Dr. Valerie Harper are pictured at the 2022 Coalition's 2L/3L Mentoring Program Kickoff Event.