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Diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competency are critical to fulfilling our mission as a law school and shaping the legal profession.
As a professional school preparing the next generation of lawyers, we believe that our promise to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession is both an academic and professional duty. Read the College’s resolution affirming the inherent educational benefits of diversity for the college environment.
Increasing the diversity of the legal profession and developing the cultural competency of our students is part of the Law School’s commitment to promoting equal access to justice and training the best professionals in all fields of legal practice. We invite current students, staff, faculty, and prospective students to learn about the diversity of experience and background on our campus and to access relevant resources, events and policies.
Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
Lewis & Clark College purposefully reflects on the history of the land it occupies. Prior to the newcomers arriving in this area, the indigenous land of what would later be called Multnomah County was home to many tribal people. We honor the indigenous people on whose traditional and ancestral homelands we stand: the Multnomah, Kathlamet, Clackamas, Tumwater, and Watalala bands of the Chinook; the Tualatin Kalapuya; and many other indigenous nations of the Columbia River.
It is important to acknowledge the ancestors of this place and recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their descendants.
Resources for Visiting our Campus
If you are visiting our campus, please reference our Gender-Inclusive Bathroom Map and Law School Access Map.
Though our biannual Opt-In educational series, student organizations, and organized speakers, Lewis & Clark offers a range of events designed to create a more inclusive legal profession. Explore a few of our past and upcoming events.
Lewis & Clark offers a robust list of student-run organizations focused on supporting members of our community, highlighting important equity issues, and transforming the legal profession. For more information, visit our full list of student organizations.
April 5th, 2023
Opt-In Series: The Red Door Project Judicial Monologues
This event is sponsored by the Law School DEI Committee, as part of our continuing Opt-In series.
March 17th, 2022
Opt In Series - Dr. Corcoran
Dr. Corcoran will be speaking on the racism experienced by Native American tribes as a result of settler colonialism in Oregon. She will discuss the ramifications of the Lewis & Clark “Voyage of Discovery” on a historical and contemporary basis.
March 16th, 2022
Opt In Series - Japanese American Museum of Oregon
Join Weston Koyama from the Japanese American Museum of Oregon for a presentation followed by Q&A
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee invites all to participate in a series of four Opt-In presentations with Q&A’s about Oregon’s historical mistreatment of people of color. The sessions are as follows: March 9: Oregon Historical Society; March 10: Oregon Black Pioneers; March 16: Japanese American Museum of Oregon; March 17: Dr Carma Corcoran
TIME Magazine’s TIME 100 Talks, a video series highlighting influential people, has included alumna and disability-rights advocate Haben Girma BA ’10 in its line-up. Girma, a recipient of Lewis & Clark’s 2016 Outstanding Young Alumna Award, is the first deaf-blind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. In her talk, Girma expands upon the article she wrote for TechCrunch, “The Robots Occupying Our Sidewalks.”
Resources and Support for Continued Antiracist Work.