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Resources for Education: information regarding lectures, presentations, webinars and articles which facilitate learning and skill-building relative to diversity, equity and inclusion.

A Night with Pittsburgh Author Damon Young - Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

The ACBA Young Lawyers Division's Ad Hoc Anti-Racism Committee invites you to a night with Pittsburgh writer, critic, humorist and satirist Damon Young, as he speaks about his debut memoir "What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays".  Mr. Young's book is a tragic-comic exploration of the angst, anxieties and absurdities of existing while Black in America, and specifically, in Pittsburgh.  ACBA Law Students can attend for free; all other students pay $5. Online registration deadline is Thursday, February 4th.

UCLA Law Review Symposium "Structural Inequality and the Law" - Friday, February 5 from 12:30 - 4:45 p.m. and Saturday February 6, 2021 from 1:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Join the UCLA Law Review for this symposium which includes an incredibly dynamic line-up of speakers who will examine structural inequality within the law, particularly as it relates to social movements, public safety, institutional change and freedom dreams. Speakers include Cheryl Harris, Charles Lawrence, Amna Akbar, Rebecca Tsosie, Robin D.G. Kelley, Khiara Bridges, Shaun Ossei-Owusu, T.L. Lewis, Marbre Stahly-Butts, Dean Spade and many others.

Click here to see our full schedule, featured speakers and to RSVP. Additionally, ASL-interpretation will be provided for each session. Please do not hesitate to contact for access requests. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing each of you there!  Kim Crenshaw and Sunita Patel. RSVP Link:

Advancement of Women, African-Americans in Pittsburgh Bar - Thursday, February 11, 2021 from noon - 1:00 p.m. (Live CLE webinar)

Ron Schuler - author of "The Steel Bar" - will join Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Kim Berkeley Clark to discuss the different yet difficult journeys that women have endured while making their ways into the Pittsburgh Bar. This will be a free live webinar. The pre-registration deadline is Tuesday, Februay 9, 2021 and 1 Ethics CLE credit is offered for CLE participants.

Let's Talk Africa: The Past, Present & Future of Women & Law in Africa - Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The Honorable Ari Tobi-Aiyemo, a retired magistrate-judge from Nigeria, will lead a conversation via zoom on the pre-colonial to post-colonial experiences of African women in law, from a jurisprudential viewpoint.  The Honorable Ari Tobi-Aiyemo is an adjunct professor of business law at Hartwick College. She is a prolific writer and an audacious speaker.  She is the first dark-skinned woman to obtain a masters in judicial studies degree globally. This zoom videoconference is sponsored by the African Studies Program - University Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Second Founding: Historical Look at Race and the Law -  Friday, February 19, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. (Live CLE webinar)

Joint Pitt Law's Professor William M. Carter, Jr. and historian Ron Schuler as they examine the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and civil rights statutes.

The program will examine the “Second Founding” - the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and related civil rights statutes. The knowledgeable panel will discuss the amendments and the extent to which these amendments were able to remediate the lingering effects of slavery, recognize Black citizenship, protect rights to due process and equal protection for all, and enfranchise African Americans.

University of Pittsburgh's Anti-Racism Resource Toolkit

Pitt's Division of Student Affairs stands in soldiarity with our Black-identifying students and students of color and against systemic racism, police brutality, and injustice in any form. As part of our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all students, we are educating ourselves on the history of race in the United States of America, learning best practices in how to hold conversations about racism, and taking immediate, actionable steps toward change. 

The above toolkit is designed to meet you where you are. Some content is specifically aimed toward our Student Affairs staff, and some content is offered for our students. Some content addresses the concerns and trauma of Black-identifying students and staff, and some content addresses the concerns of White students and staff. Some of us are deep into the conversation about social justice, and some of us are just learning about these concepts. Wherever you are--start where you are today.