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:

 

Upcoming Events:

Dael Orlandersmith—Poet, Playwright, Performer
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Dael Orlandersmith is a world-renowned playwright and 2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist. She is a native New Yorker, but is in Milwaukee for a Milwaukee Repertory Theater production of her play, Until the Flood. Until the Flood explores the reactions of the St. Louis region to the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in 2014 and the protests that followed. It is part of the Rep’s Neighbor Series, a trilogy of plays in the spring of 2018. The goal is to prompt a larger conversation about what it means to be a neighbor and to build a stronger community. To prepare for Until the Flood, Orlandersmith conducted dozens of interviews, and eventually created eight composite characters, all of whom she plays in the production. The play premiered in St. Louis to strong reviews. During her visit, we’ll talk with Orlandersmith about the production, and why the story she tells is as relevant to Milwaukee as it was to St. Louis.

Honorable Goodwin Liu, Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Justice Liu was appointed to the California Supreme Court in 2011. Before joining the state’s highest court, he was a professor of law and associate dean at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Known as a prolific and influential scholar, Liu’s primary areas of expertise are constitutional law, education law and policy, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Liu was also nominated by President Barack Obama to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 2010, but after being denied an up-or-down vote in the Senate, he withdrew his name from consideration. Liu is the son of Taiwanese immigrants, a graduate of Stanford University, and a Rhodes Scholar who attended Oxford University. Liu graduated from Yale Law School in 1998. During his visit to the Law School, we’ll talk with Liu about his career path (he was a biology major as an undergraduate), his work on the California Supreme Court, and the role of the judiciary in an increasingly polarized political environment.

Recent events:

Community Organizations and the Decline of Crime in America’s Cities 
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Professor Fumiaki Kubo, A. Barton Hepburn Professor of American Government and History, Graduate Schools for Law and Politics, University of Toyko
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Mission Week: Thomas DeWolf and Sharon Morgan, authors of Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade
Tuesday, February 6, 2018

On the Issues: Atiba Ellis, Boden Visiting Professor, Marquette University Law School; Molly McGrath, American Civil Liberties Union Voting Rights Project
Thursday, November 16, 2017

On the Issues: Ricardo Diaz, executive director of the United Community Center
Thursday, November 9, 2017

On the Issues: Vincent Lyles, President and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Michael Scott, Director of the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing
Monday, June 26, 2017

Professor Richard Florida, author of The New Urban Crisis and The Rise of the Creative Class
Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Hon. Paul Watford, Judge, U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Dr. Angela Davis, Distinguished Lecturer
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Judge Thomas Buergenthal, leading authority on international and human rights law and one of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust.
 Thursday, March 23, 2017

Dr. Darienne Driver, Superintendent of the Milwaukee Public Schools
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 

FREEDOM DREAMS NOW
Monday, February 6, 2017
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.

NPR host Michel Martin delivered lecture during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week
Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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