Future of Diversity in Law Schools

FisherCollageProfessor Rachel J. Anderson, together with Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Nancy J. LaMont Faculty Scholar Professor Carla D. Pratt, and Professor Spencer Overton presented on a panel moderated by Associate Dean Alfreda Robinson entitled “Post-Fisher: The Future of Diversity in Law School Admissions” on August 20, 2013. The panel was sponsored by the National Bar Association (National Bar) Judicial Council Division and the Law Professors Division as part of the National Bar Annual Convention in Miami, Florida.

The panelists:

Professor Carla D. Pratt is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Nancy J. LaMont Faculty Scholar, and a Professor of Law at Penn State The Dickinson School of Law. Professor Pratt teaches and writes in the area of race and the law, with particular emphasis on the role of law in constructing Indian and African American identity. Another aspect of her scholarship examines the role of race in the legal profession. Prior to joining the Penn State Law faculty in 2000, Professor Pratt served as a New Jersey Deputy Attorney General in the civil practice division and engaged in private practice as a commercial litigator with Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia. She teaches or has taught Constitutional Law, Federal Indian Law, Race and American Law, and Professional Responsibility. In 2012, Professor Pratt was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Standing Rock Sioux Supreme Court.

Professor Spencer Overton is the Director of the Political Law Studies Initiative and a Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School and specializes in voting rights and campaign finance. He earned his J.D. at Harvard University and his B.A. in Mass Media/Journalism at Hampton University. Professor Overton was part of the Obama Transition Team, served in the Office of the General Counsel, and was appointed the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the Department of Justice in the Office of Legal Policy. He chaired the Election Assistance Commission Agency Review Team, served as a member of the Federal Election Commission Agency Review Team, as a commissioner on the Jimmy Carter-James Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform, and the Commission on Presidential Nomination Timing and Scheduling. Before entering academia, he practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton in Washington, DC. Professor Overton has written numerous articles on election law.

Professor Rachel J. Anderson is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, William S. Boyd School of Law and teaches Business Organizations and International Business Transactions. She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and her M.A. in International Policy from Stanford University. Before entering academia, Professor Anderson practiced law in the London office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. She acted for banks, private equity, national governments, and transnational corporations on corporate and securities matters and international business transactions. Before law school, she consulted on European Commission technical assistance projects in the Russian Federation and policy training for public officials and private sector experts in Eastern Europe.


The moderator:

Associate Dean Alfreda Robinson is Associate Dean for Trial Advocacy, Professorial Lecturer in Law, and Co-Director of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution Program at the The George Washington University Law School. She earned her J.D. from The George Washington University Law School and her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Chicago. Dean Robinson is the Chair of the NBA Law Professors Division and is a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation of the American Bar Association.  Before entering academia, she was in private practice and also served as a senior trial counsel and trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Civil Division.



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