Diversity at Marquette Law: Community Engagement

Annual Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day
This annual and completely free day-long event is held each spring semester. Attendees can anticipate a busy and exciting day of activities including a discussion on law school admissions featuring guest speakers, breakout workshops for students & pre-law advisors, and lunch during a mock law school class. Admissions representatives from law schools across the nation join us to meet with advisors and students during a Law School Fair.

The event brings together students, advisors and admissions representatives to discuss applications, trends, and opportunities in legal education. Specifically tailored to advisors and minority pre-law students from Wisconsin and neighboring states, the event helps attendees gain a better understanding of both the admissions process and the study of law.

Summer Youth Law Institute
The Summer Youth Institute is designed to introduce middle and high school students from the City of Milwaukee to the legal system, expose them to careers in law, and provide them with practical tools for achieving their educational goals. The program includes interactive lessons, critical thinking exercises, practice in writing and oral advocacy, instruction from guest speakers, and field trips to area law firms, corporations, and courthouses. Local judges, lawyers, and law students serve as instructors and mentors. The Summer Youth Institute is a program of Marquette Law School and the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, in collaboration with Just the Beginning Foundation, Johnson Controls, the Association of Corporate Counsel Wisconsin Chapter, and Kids, Courts & Citizenship, and in cooperation with DiscoverLaw.org.

Milwaukee Street Law Project
Law students teach a two-semester course to Milwaukee Public School students that is designed to foster an understanding of the law, the legal process, our system of governance, and effective citizenship. In the fall semester, law students teach subjects such as criminal law and procedure, juvenile justice, consumer law, torts, family law, housing law, and individual rights law. In the spring semester, the law students teach basic trial advocacy skills, and the high school students participate as lawyers and witnesses in a city-wide mock trial competition presided over by federal and state trial court judges.

Clinics & Coursework
Marquette Law School is known for its commitment to graduating students who are ready to practice law. Thus, it is common to find our students (often working aside our alumni) engaged in the Milwaukee community in a diverse array of experiential options--enrolled in dozens of clinics, internships, and fieldwork opportunities; helping fledgling businesses get started with the help of our Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic; and providing about 10,000 hours of pro bono work annually in the community vis a vis the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinics and numerous other endeavors. Be sure to explore our extensive Experiential Learning opportunities.

Council on Legal Education Opportunity
In 1968, the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) was founded as a non-profit project of the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education to expand opportunities for minority and low-income students to attend law school. Since then, more than 8,000 students have benefited from CLEO pre-law and law school academic support programs, attended law school, and joined the legal profession. CLEO extends the legal education and professional pipeline by offering training and workshops to college and post-college students who are interested in attending law school and pursing a legal career. Further, CLEO stresses stress the importance of the students' commitment to serve under-served and low-income communities upon graduation. Marquette University is proud to be member of the Consortium on Diversity in Legal Education as a Partner School.

Milwaukee's Town Hall & the Marquette Law School Poll
Marquette University Law School has been described as Milwaukee's town hall, the place for discussion and debate of important issues and ideas. Our On the Issues series features conversations with news and policy makers. Further, the Marquette Law School Poll is nationally recognized. Created in 2012, the Poll has surveyed tens of thousands of Wisconsin voters, providing valuable insight into public attitudes on policy issues and political contests. Be sure to check out these recent events:

Recent events:
NPR host Michel Martin will deliver lecture during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
This event is part of Marquette University's celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week. Ms. Martin has spent more than 25 years as a journalist, covering stories for national print, television, and readio news media. After joining NPR in 2006, she launched the popular "Tell Me More" news and talk show and, more recently, the "Michel Martin: Going There" live event series. While on campus, Ms. Martin will speak on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This event is sponsored by the University's Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Raynor Memorial Libraries, Diederich College of Communication, and the Center for Peacemaking. The free, public lecture will be held from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Registration is required.

Monday, February 6, 2017
Join us for an open screening of the documentary Milwaukee 53206, which explores issues of incarceration and racial justice in a neighborhood on the north side of Milwaukee and the ripple effects of incarceration of men of color on their families and the greater community. Registration is required.

On the Issues: Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
This event is part of Marquette University’s 2017 Mission Week, whose theme is Racial Justice: Black, White and the Call of the Church. Our conversation will feature three individuals who have fought against racial injustice in America. Bree Newsome is a filmmaker, musician, speaker, and activist. On June 27, 2015, in the aftermath of the hate-fueled killing of nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston, Newsome scaled the flagpole on the South Carolina statehouse grounds and removed the Confederate flag. Rev. Jim Wallis is the president and founder of Sojourners, and is a public theologian, speaker, and best-selling author. His latest book, published in 2016, is titled America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America. Rev. Bryan Massingale, formerly of Marquette University, is a theology professor at Fordham University. Fr. Massingale is one of the world’s leading Catholic social ethicists and scholars of racial justice, African-American theological ethics, and liberation theology. His 2010 book, Racial Justice and the Catholic Church, won a first-place book award from the Catholic Press Association. 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., Marquette Law School, Eckstein Hall. Registration is required.

Dr. Angela Davis, Distinguished Lecturer
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Dr. Angela Davis, a living witness to history and important struggles of our contemporary era, will deliver a distinguished lecture. Davis is a scholar, activist, and sought-after speaker, presenting at dozens of universities including Dartmouth, Stanford, University of Northern Iowa, Lawrence College and Seattle University, a sister Catholic, Jesuit university. She has written eight books; taught at UCLA, UCSC, Vassar and Stanford; and focuses on social justice issues like racism, oppression and prison abolition. Davis has spoken in every state in America. Additional details and registration coming soon.

Kimberly Motley, Founder, Motley Legal Services, Co-founder, Motley Consulting International
Thursday, October 6, 2016

Sam Mihara, Japanese-American Internment Camp Survivor
Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Patrick Sharkey, Associate Professor of Sociology at New York University, author of Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Matthew Desmond, John L. Loeb Associate Prof. of the Social Sciences, Harvard University; Author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Tuesday, March 1, 2016