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  • The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) and Lewis & Clark Law School, in association with discoverlaw.org, hosted 80 middle school students from St. Andrew Nativity School for a day of action.

    The Lewis & Clark Law Black Law Students Association (BLSA) board members Brandon Kline, Anthony Blake, Josh Volvovic, Michelle Stowers, and Andrea Thompson and Lewis & Clark Law NBLSA board member Royce Williams organized the days events.

    During the first activity, the middle school students learned about the importance of writing personal statements for college admission. NBLSA volunteers guided students through a typical personal statement and gave suggestions about what each student could write for their own personal statement. Then, the students wrote their own personal statements and got immediate feedback from the NBLSA volunteers.

    Lunch was a big hit with the students. They got to experience a college buffet and chat with the NBLSA volunteers about life as law students.

    For the second activity, J.B. Kim, Lewis & Clark Law School’s Assistant Dean of Diversity & Academic Resources, led the students through a legal writing exercise. Students were given a fact pattern about a custody dispute and asked to write a letter to their client advising him on his chances of gaining custody. NBLSA volunteers worked closely with the students explaining the legal matters and statutes surrounding custody. The students were animated and engaged with the NBLSA volunteers.

    Everyone was sad to see the day come to an end. For more, see The Oregonian article!

     

  • The Oregon State Bar Diversity & Inclusion Program has done incredible work to support the diversification of the legal profession. Check out their timeline of programs.

  • Large Portland firms have a thriving interest in supporting a more diverse legal profession. Career services helps interested students connect with diversity internship and employment programs.

  • The American Bar Association provides resources for law students with disabilities in every state.

  • 44% of the 2012 incoming class is comprised of women and 24% are ethnic minorities.

  • The average first-year student at the Law School is 27 and 69% are from out of state.

  • Beginning in Summer 2014, the Hacienda Community Development Corporation will open Portland Mercado: a rich cultural space open to community entrepreneurs.

  • Portland has 94 distinct neighborhoods, each with its own flavor and its own neighborhood association.

  • The Law School prides itself on its origins in 1884 as a night school serving nontraditional, urban, working students from the very beginning.

  • Feeling homesick? Lewis & Clark has put together a Multicultural Resource Guide to help you find the best restaurant, grocery store, community center, etc. to make you feel at home!

  • There are 12+ students groups at Lewis & Clark Law School dedicated to creating communities for diverse students of all backgrounds.

  • The Academic Enhancement programs welcomes 100+ Portland youth and 40+ attorney and student volunteers each year to introduce diverse students to the possibility of a career in law.

  • The Law School hosts an annual endowed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speaker Series made possible the generous support of Lee Matthews ’73 and Jacqueline Alexander ’07.

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