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Law School Marks Anniversary of Report on Racial, Gender Bias in the Justice System

The School of Law, in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness, is hosting a reception, A Decade of Fairness, on Wednesday, June 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

The event, which marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of the Final Report of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Committee on Racial and Gender Bias in the Justice System, will feature keynote speaker Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. In addition, Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille, will deliver remarks in tribute to the late Chief Justice Ralph J. Cappy for establishing the Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness.

"It is a tremendous honor for the Duquesne University School of Law to host the 10-year commemoration of this important report which began in the basement of the law school and grew to become an important force for justice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the vision and support of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court," said Law Dean Ken Gormley.

The 550-page committee report, which was published on March 3, 2003, formed the foundation of the mission of today's Pennsylvania Interbranch Commission for Gender, Racial and Ethnic Fairness, which works to implement many of the report's recommendations to address inequities in the state's justice system.

"The Commission, now headed by law school alumna Lisette 'Mimi' McCormick, has established a national presence as a leader in advancing gender, racial and ethnic fairness in our justice system," said Gormley. "We are privileged that Judge Rendell and Chief Justice Castille have agreed to be part of this important event on Duquesne's campus, and we look forward to another decade of important work by the commission."

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