Welcome to the Office of Equity & Inclusive Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Established in 2018, Pitt Law's OEIE mission is threefold:
(1) To identify and remove or accommodate for structural barriers to students accessing opportunities available through the law school
(2) To develop, discuss, and model the habits of inclusion that will support student and faculty efforts to bring about an inclusive campus community
(3) To engage with external contacts to enrich students' regional and professional connections
The OEIE is responsible for coordinating and monitoring Pitt law's efforts to institutionalize a culture of equity and inclusion within the law school community. We collaborate with administrative offices, faculty committees, student organizations, and alumni to create and implement strategies for fulfilling our vision for equity and inclusive excellence. This work ensures that Pitt Law maintains a learning and working environment in which faculty, staff, and students can thrive.
Pitt Law Credo:
- Inclusion: We strive to create an environment where persons of differing backgrounds are welcomed, where different perspectives are respectfully voiced and respectfully heard and where every individual is valued & included.
- Civility: We treat people with unconditional respect and an assumption of good faith, giving meaningful consideration to the ideas, beliefs, and feelings of others as a matter of professionalism and self-discipline.
- Intellectual Rigor: We challenge ourselves and others to critically examine facts and ideas meticulously and from diverse perspectives.
- Justice: We strive to attain equal justice under law, and to assure that justice benefits everyone across our society
Frost Brown Todd is proud to announce its 2022 FBT Zenobia Harris Bivens Diversity Scholarship. FBT plans to award five $2,000 scholarships to law students of different backgrounds and varied life experiences who attend law school in our footprint. This scholarship award does not include an offer of employment and is awarded to incoming 1L's, 2L's, 3L's, or part-time law students as well as undergraduate students who intend to go to law school in the fall.
The scholarship is open to:
- all underrepresented law students and undergraduate students interested in pursuing law school, including but not limited to African American, Hispanic or Latinx, Asian, Native American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, multi-racial, and LGBTQ+ students.
- All female students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity.
- Any other students who come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender, are eligible to apply.
Interested students can click here to access the flyer for more information and complete the attached application. Applicant are required to add a personal statement to the application and submit either via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 502.581.1087, or mailed to Justin Fowles, Frost Brown Todd LLC, 400 W. Market Street, Suite 3200, Louisville, KY 40202-3363.
Deadline to submit application is Friday, July 1, 2022.
Pitt Law Office of Equity & Inclusive Excellence celebrates Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, on her confrmation as the 116th Supreme Court Justice. Judge Brown Jackson, an American Attorney and Jurist was nominated by President Biden in February 2022. She has served as a Federal Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2021. Judge Brown Jackson’s nomination was confirmed by a bipartisan group of senators on April 7, 2022.
The History of Black Justices and Judges in PA’s Statewide Appellate Courts
Judge Doris Smith-Ribner, a Pitt Law School graduate; class of 1972, presents an insight into the Black justices and judges in the PA’s statewide appellate courts. Judge Smith-Ribner stated in her article that, “As a former Commonwealth Court Judge, it gives me the honor and great pride to reflect principally upon those who paved the way for others to follow”.
Click here to read the full article.