Diversity Events

Current and Upcoming Events

And the awards go to...

photo of doctor valerie harper Dr. Valerie Harper, Registrar, Duquesne University School of Law

Dr. Valerie Harper was nominated and awarded the 2020 Duquesne University Diversity and Inclusion Award on November 23, 2020, during the annual Duquesne University Staff Awards program. The Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes a staff member who has demonstrated, through positive interactions with others, respect and value for diversity and inclusion within Duquesne University and the broader community. Please be sure to congratulate Dr. Harper!

photo of Darious Singleton 3 L Darious Singleton, 3L, Duquesne University School of Law

Third year law student Darious Singleton was recognized for his work in the community on May 27 at the 18th Annual Washington Health System Teen Outreach Awards. The event, held virtually, honored Singleton with the Social Justice Award for promoting diversity, altruism, courage, respect and faith in humanity. "During my undergrad at Washington and Jefferson College, I was a member of multiple organizations centered around race, gender and sexual orientation and advocacy for issues that affected those communities," said Singleton. He noted that his long-running commitment to equality and social justice for marginalized people was the reason he wanted to study law. As featured in the Duquesne Lawyer Magazine

YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Community Action Conversation:
Race and Environmental Justice

Sessions begin at noon

registration link to YWCA series

Join YWCA Greater Pittsburgh as we examine the intersection of environment and race. This interactive community conversation will emphasize action steps to address the environmental factors that disproportionately impact Black and Brown communities. Our moderator and community speakers will lead a dynamic discussion about ways to make real change in the community and will address Chat questions posed by members of the online audience.  Free and open to the public.On the third Wednesday of every month, YWCA Greater Pittsburgh's Center for Race and Gender Equity presents its YW Wednesday Action Conversation on Race, a panel discussion dedicated to racial justice. Featuring local experts and leaders in fields such as equity and diversity, policy change, and advocacy, YW Wednesdays are designed to build community and create change.

Upcoming themes include:

June 16th: Caribbean in Pittsburgh
July 21st: Black Family Joy

Duquesne University Social Justice Reading Club

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Duquesne University and Duquesne University Counseling Services are offering a weekly virtual support group for African American students.

Upcoming Diversity CLE Programs

Past Events
Police Dogs: Problems of Violence and Racism
Presented by Ann Schiavone L'03, Associate Dean for Faculty Scholarship and Associate Professor of Law
                                                     Friday, March 19, 2021                                                     

This CLE will discuss the dilemma of using police dogs in the apprehension of criminal suspects, particularly focusing on the issues surrounding use of force and racial bias. Recent severe injuries and even deaths caused by police dogs have triggered media attention and government audits of K-9 programs. We will discuss the legal basis for using police dogs for the apprehension function, while bringing in historical, scientific, and psychological evidence along with current events to help reevaluate their use.

The Civil Rights Movement and the Constitution Presented by Professor Wilson Huhn
Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The program on "The Civil Rights Movement and the Constitution" describes and explains how the interpretation of the Constitution has fundamentally changed as a result of the Civil Rights Movement. Not only does the Constitution now prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, but all persons are now entitled to equal treatment under the law; this protects all of us regardless of gender, disability, sexual orientation, or other invidious distinctions. The Civil Rights Movement - and most particularly those who gave their lives in its service - is responsible for expanding our rights to freedom of speech, freedom of association, the right to vote, the right to marry the person of our choice, and the right to obtain an education. In addition, as a result of the Civil Rights Movement Congress now has the power to enact legislation to protect and expand people's fundamental rights.

Wilson Huhn is a Professor at Duquesne University School of Law. He is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Akron School of Law, having taught Constitutional Law at that institution for over 30 years.

A Night with Pittsburgh Author Damon Young
Thursday, February 4, 2021

All members and guests are invited to join the YLD's Ad Hoc Anti-Racism Committee for a night with Pittsburgh writer, critic, humorist and satirist Damon Young, as he speaks about his debut memoir "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir In Essays." The book is a tragicomic exploration of the angsts, anxieties and absurdities of existing while black in America, and specifically, in Pittsburgh.
For Young, existing while black is an extreme sport. It won Barnes & Noble's 2019 Discover Award, was also longlisted for the PEN America Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award, nominated for both an NAACP Image Award and a Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and is a Krause Essay Prize nominee. NPR, which named it one of the best books of 2019, called it an "outstanding collection of nonfiction."
This exclusive event will give ACBA members and their guests a chance to hear directly from Young about his experience as a Black man in Pittsburgh (and America as a whole). The discussion is sure to be both informative and thought-provoking. Following Young's presentation, he will answer questions live from the audience. You do not want to miss the opportunity to hear from such an important voice on race, identity and belonging.

Legal Implications of the Attack on the Capitol - a Faculty Roundtable

Part of the Duquesne University School of Law Race, Poverty, and Democracy Lecture Series
Professors Heppner, Huhn, Ledewitz, Moriarty, and Oranburg gathered for a virtual roundtable discussing Legal Implications of the Attack on the Capitol. They addressed some of the many legal issues raised by the January 6 attack, including the implications for: Constitutional law, the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, and surveillance and privacy, as well as discussing the roles of free speech and civil discourse in our increasingly fragmented, social-media-mediated country.
A recording of the discussion-including the Q&A section afterwards, is now available. 

Martin Tried to Tell Us: Confronting King as the Nation Chooses Chaos over Community

Friday, January 22, 2021, 12:30pm
Guest Speaker: Dr. Charles McKinney
Presented by the Duquesne University Office of Inclusion and Diversity

Dr. McKinney is the Neville Frierson Bryan Chair of African Studies and Associate Professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a renowned Civil Rights Scholar who has numerous distinguished publications.
*Rhodes College is located approximately 5 miles from the Lorraine Motel (National Civil Rights Museum) which is the site of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination.

Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast and Program

The Allegheny County Bar Association's Homer S. Brown Division (HSBD) will host the virtual Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast and Program on Monday, January 18. The HSBD will present the 2021 Drum Major for Justice Award to Tracey McCants Lewis. McCants Lewis will receive the award for her commitment to providing access to the legal system to those who have been too often denied access. Previously a tenured professor at Duquesne University School of Law, she is currently the Deputy General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

PBA YLD Presents: Becoming Successful (3-part series)

Become Successful...
Every young or aspiring attorney dreams of becoming successful... a successful trial attorney... a successful rainmaker... a successful pro bono attorney... a successful judge... successful.

The road can often be long and is always filled with obstacles, for some more than others. In the first of its "Becoming" Series, the PBA Young Lawyers Division presents a three part sub-series on "Becoming: Strategies for Success for Diversity Attorneys and Their Allies".

Join these free presentations to hear from our distinguished panel about their path to success, some of the obstacles they have overcame, and the advice they think will help make you a successful diversity attorney and diversity ally.

April 8, 2021, Part IV of "Becoming: Strategies for Success for Diversity Attorneys and Their Allies"

March 11, 2021, Part III of "Becoming: Strategies for Success for Diversity Attorneys and Their Allies"

February 11, 2021, Part II "Becoming: Strategies for Success for Diversity Attorneys and Their Allies"

The Honorable J. Nicholas Ranjan (U.S.D.C. W.D. PA)
The Honorable Daniel J. Clifford (C.C.P. Mont. Co.)
The Honorable Garrett D. Page (C.C.P. Mont. Co.)
Rodney R. Akers, Esq. (Deputy General Counsel - PA Governor's Office of General Counsel)
Kristen M. Gibbons Feden, Esq. (Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky)

Moderator: Patrice M. Turenne, Esq. (Bimbo Bakeries USA Inc.)

December 10, 2020, Part I "Becoming: Strategies for Success for Diversity Attorneys and Their Allies"

December 2020 Opening Panel:
1. The Honorable Theodore A. McKee (U.S.C.A. Third Circuit)
2. The Honorable L. Felipe Restrepo (U.S.C.A. Third Circuit)
3. The Honorable Juan R. Sánchez, C.J. (U.S.D.C. E.D. PA)
4. The Honorable Carolyn H. Nichols (Superior Court of PA)
5. Kevin Harden, Jr., Esq. (Ross Feller Casey)
6. Marilou E. Watson, Esq. (Fox Rothschild)
7. Philip Yoon, Esq. (Chief Staff Attorney, Superior Court of PA)

Moderator: Patrice M. Turenne, Esq. (Bimbo Bakeries USA Inc.)

Gisele Barreto Fetterman to be Honored at Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

The ACBA Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration is set for Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 5 p.m. on Zoom. Each year during the event, the ACBA Hispanic Attorneys Committee presents the El Sol Award to a person who exemplifies distinguished service to the community at large by being an exemplary advocate and contributing his/her time and talents toward the betterment of the local Latnix community. This year, the ACBA will honor Pennsylvania Second Lady Gisele Barreto Fetterman. The event is free for all members and non-members, but registration is required. 

Historical Overview of Race and Voting in the United States
Presented by Professor Wilson Huhn

This program is about systemic racism; specifically, the laws and court decisions that historically and to this day are used to suppress and dilute the votes of persons who are members of racial minorities. We will cover the denial of citizenship to persons of color; the battles that led to the adoption of the 15th Amendment; the annihilation of voting rights during the Redeemer Movement; the decisions of the United States Supreme Court initially upholding and then at long last striking down the use of white primaries, poll taxes and malapportionment; the adoption of the Voting Rights Act in 1965; the initial enforcement of the Voting Rights Act; the chipping away at the Voting Rights Act; and current schemes of voter suppression and vote dilution.

Saturday, September 26, 2020
School of Law Virtual CLE
10:00-11:00 am
Students may attend at no cost but must register in advance to receive the participation information

Members of the Homer S. Brown Division, Asian Attorneys Committee, and Hispanic Attorneys Committee:

The Pittsburgh Legal Diversity & Inclusion Coalition ("PLDIC") invites you to attend an important complimentary webinar for lawyers of color on September 15 featuring Ritu Bhasin, a dynamic diversity, equity and inclusion global leader.

The Internalization of Racial Bias: What Happens in the Workplace
1-3 p.m.

Ritu will explore the neuroscience of how racial bias and trauma are linked and outline practical strategies to allow our diverse lawyers to thrive both personally and professionally.
In order to create a safe space for sharing experiences, we request that only lawyers who self-identify as Black, Indigenous or a Person of Color attend this webinar.

This program is the first in the PLDIC's ten-month series of programs entitled Towards a Culture of Inclusion. With questions or for more information about the PLDIC, please contact Susan A. Yohe, PLDIC Executive Director, at susanayohe@icloud.com or visit the PLDIC website at https://pghlegaldiversity.org/

Dean Barton's Video Message, June 12, 2020

Please view The Prayer Service for Justice and Peace that was held in the Duquesne University Chapel on Monday, June 8, 2020. Fr. Bill Christy, Director of Campus Ministry and University Chaplain, officiated the moving service. He was joined by Dr. Jeff Mallory, Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Inclusion and Student Advancement, and Dr. Anthony Kane, Assistant Director of Residence Life. The service was created from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Requiem for Black Children of God. During the powerful Reading of Names, we recognize that we must continue to say the names of George Floyd and far too many other victims of racial injustice.

Partnership with Xavier University of Louisiana, the nation's only Catholic school among the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (April 2020)

The inaugural Spilling the Tea on Law School Program on September, 14th, 2019 at the School of Law brought together over 30 diverse high school, college, and graduate students. Young people, law students, legal educators, and lawyers discussed law school and the legal profession as it relates to the diverse needs of the community. View photos from the event and stay tuned for next year's program!