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OEIE News & Events

McGuireWoods 2022 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholar program applications due no later than Jan. 14, 2022

The McGuire Woods 2022 1L Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Scholar program gives diverse 1L students the opportunity to apply for paid 10-week summer internships that will allow them to be part of our McGuireWoods summer associate program and also work in the legal department of one of the firm’s clients.  More detailed information can be found in the attached flyer.

Interested candidates should complete this online application. Applications are due by January 14, 2022 and we highly recommend candidates apply as soon as possible because we will interview candidates and make hiring decisions on a rolling basis.  Also, if transcripts are not available at the time of application, they must be sent by January 28, 2022. Please note that it is requested that candidates submit their application to just one of the McGuireWoods office locations.

The Federal Defender Services Program is pleased to announce the launch of its Diversity Fellowship Program

Defender Service’s new Diversity Fellowship Program will place 12 fellows in Federal Defender offices across the country for two years, during which fellows will gain federal criminal defense training and experience.  Key dates are as follows:

  • Application opens November 24, 2021
  • Application deadline January 7, 2022
  • Fellows begin September 2022
This is a national program and thisopportunity is open to graduating 3L students and recent law school graduates. More information is listed on this flyer. 

OEIE Race and Identity Panel

The OEIE hosted "The Race and Idenity Panel" on Thurs., Nov. 11 from 1-2 p.m. The panel explored several questions, including who decides who is in a racial-political group and who is not; what it means to identify as a member of a particular racial-political group; who decides that meaning; and who determines what is and is not pejorative to a racial-political group. 

Action, Education, Reflection - one year after George Floyd's Death

In the year since the murder of George Floyd, students, staff and faculty across the University have been part of a worldwide racial reckoning aimed at exposing and redressing the profound impacts of racism in higher education and beyond. Our efforts toward racial justice took place in forums, poetry readings, deep and often uncomfortable conversations, task forces and rallies. Pitt Law Professor David Harris offered comment in the below statement: 

"The video of George Floyd’s murder brought millions face to face with a grim reality, even beyond the cruel, senseless killing itself. Many began to realize the truth of what Black people have said forever: They face targeting by police, which can be physically dangerous and even deadly. And, in so many other ways, they face systemic disadvantages across many dimensions, such as economics and health.

As I look at Pittsburgh—where I served on the mayor’s Community Task Force on Police Reform—and as I survey what has happened nationally, I see some signs of progress. For example, Pittsburgh’s city council and the city’s police force have made changes in the way officers may and may not use force. I talk to many police officers and leaders who truly want this to be a moment of transformational change. But it is clear that what has happened so far is not enough. This past year must be just the beginning of the change we need to see, not the end point.

As I look forward, I hope that our entire Pitt community sees the necessity of working toward equity and fairness not just regarding policing but in all of the structures that disadvantage so many Americans depending on racial or ethnic appearance. I hope to see the energy generated by the events of the last year channeled into forcing city and state leaders to create the change we want and deserve."

Read on for more information regarding the University's Action, Education and Reflection process.

APALSA & Pitt OEIE Community Dialogue: Anti-Asian Bias, Harassment, & Violence Discussion Take-Aways

AOn Thursday, April 8, OEIE and Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) co-sponsored a moving and thoughtful community dialogue on anti-Asian racism, bias, and harassment. If you were unable to join us, be sure to check out the attached discussion board from the event.