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Drake Law Diversity Week 2017 is Feb. 27-March 3

February 27, 2017

Drake University Law School’s student organizations have planned various events for Diversity Week Feb. 27-March 3.

Events will feature Drake Law faculty, local attorneys, and judges. For every event attended during Diversity Week, students can enter their names into a raffle for a grand prize.

In addition, tabling will be set up throughout the week in Cartwright Hall, Porterhouse Lounge:

  • "We’re All Pieces of a Beautiful Puzzle" – Hosted by Older Wiser Law Students (OWLS)
  • "Survey Drake Law Students" – Hosted by OUTLaws

Students are also encouraged to stop by the Drake Law Library for readings on inclusiveness and equality.

Schedule of events:

Monday, Feb. 27

Coffee with the Christian Legal Society
All morning
Cartwright Hall, Porterhouse Lounge

Judicial Diversity Panel
5:30 p.m.
Cartwright Hall, Room 203

Hosted by Drake Law Women and the American Constitutional Society, the event will feature the following panelists:

  • Marsha Ternus, LW’77, the first woman chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court
  • Romonda Belcher, LW’95, the first African-American woman judge in the state of Iowa
  • Michelle McGovern, LW’80, Iowa Worker's Compensation deputy commissioner

The event has been approved for CLE credit. Food will be provided.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

"The Integration of Public Sector Employment Across America: From the Des Moines Fire to the Indiana State Police"
9 a.m.
Cartwright Hall, Room 203

Hosted by the Drake Student Bar Association and OUTLaws, the lecture will feature Russell Lovell II, professor emeritus of law and civil rights attorney.

The event has been approved for CLE credit.

Wednesday, March 1

Immigration Lecture
Cartwright Hall, Room 201

Hosted by the International Law Society, the event will feature Ann Naffier, LW’11, an immigration attorney with Justice For Our Neighbors. Naffier will discuss the recent executive order and what it means for immigrants and attorneys alike.

Lunch will be provided.

Thursday, March 2

Beginner's Meditation
10:45-11:15 a.m.
Cartwright Hall, Kern Commons

The event will feature Maura Strassberg, professor of law at Drake Law School.

Friday, March 3

Des Moines-Area Diversity Panel
11 a.m.
Cartwright Hall, Room 206

Hosted by Drake’s Black Law Student Association and Hispanic Latino Law Student Society, the event will feature the following panelists:

  • Maria Brownell, LW'09, associate attorney at Ahlers & Cooney, P.C.
  • Joshua Barr, director of Des Moines' Civil and Human Rights Commission
  • Rob Poggenklass, staff attorney at Iowa Legal Aid

"Identities and Vulnerabilities"
11:30 a.m.
Cartwright Hall, Room 213