CWRU Law Racial Justice Resource Page

Mobilized by recent incidents of racism and police brutality, the CWRU School of Law community has dedicated itself to formulate and implement an action plan to: integrate racial justice more comprehensively into the curriculum, advocate for reform at local and national levels, and foster a more equitable, inclusive, and welcoming environment at the law school and in our community. This webpage contains relevant statements by the Law School Deans and student leaders, as well as online resources for members of our community who seek to combat racial and social injustice.   

CWRU Law community statements advocating for racial justice

BLSA resources for racial justice

The CWRU Black Law Students Association (BLSA) has created a list of resources for students, faculty and staff to gain insight into racism, its history and its effects on our society. Resources include influential books, podcasts, articles, webinars and more.

The George Floyd 'teach-in'

In response to the recent incidents of racism and police brutality, Bryan Adamson, CWRU Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, together with colleagues from our faculty and Seattle University Law School, organized a three-part “teach In” on racial justice this month.

The George Floyd Teach-in Part 1 featured a conversation directed toward everyday citizens seeking to make sense out of the Floyd tragedy, examining Floyd’s death, the criminal process from charging to trial, the presently known facts and the intersections of race, gender and law enforcement. Speakers included:

  • Deborah Ahrens, Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
  • Ayesha Bell Hardaway, CWRU Law Assistant Professor and Director, Social Justice Law Center
  • Moderator, Bryan Adamson, incoming CWRU David L. and Ann Brennan Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion  

The George Floyd Teach-in Part 2 examined officer-involved killings, police responses to demonstrations across the nation and what could be done to change police department practices. Speakers included:

  • Lisa Daugaard, Public Defender Association, Seattle, Washington
  • Shakyra Diaz, Managing Director of Partnerships at the Alliance for Safety and Justice, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Moderator, Bryan Adamson, incoming CWRU David L. and Ann Brennan Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion  

The George Floyd Teach-in Part 3 compared the COVID-19 stay-home protests with the Black Lives Matter protests and discussed the intersection of the rights to free speech and to bear arms under the First and Second Amendments. The teach-in also examined limits on the use of tear gas and rubber bullets, the militarization of police and carrying firearms while protesting. Speakers included:

  • Bryan Adamson, incoming CWRU Associate Dean of Diversity and David L. and Ann Brennan Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion  
  • Jonathan Adler, Director, CWRU Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law
  • Moderator, Jessie Hill, CWRU Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development  

AALS Law Deans' Anti-racist Clearinghouse Project

The American Association of Law Schools recently launched the Anti-racist Clearinghouse Project, which provides guidance for antiracist work in law schools covering five phases: (1) Listening, (2) Learning, (3) Leading, (4) Audit Reporting, and (5) Iterative. Read more.