Recognizing the Importance of Juneteenth
As LMU Loyola Law School heads into the long weekend in celebration of Juneteenth, we are grateful for the faculty, staff and especially the student advocates who resiliently and collaboratively developed and implemented a plan for institutional change which centers anti-racism, equity and inclusion.
These values are core to the law school's mission to deliver educational excellence with a deep concern for social justice. And these values are being actualized through the integration of lessons on the law's interaction with systemic inequality throughout our curriculum, the ongoing leadership of the Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic in reversing the punitive effects of our legal systems on subordinated groups and the Loyola Anti-Racism Center's research and policy innovation in challenging and rectifying the harms of white supremacy.
The impact of student activism and allyship with LLS will have far-reaching effects beyond the law school as LLS sustains its commitment to educating lawyers who understand the law's relationship to structural inequality, rooted in this country's troubled history of colonialism, chattel slavery, segregation, and mass incarceration. These lessons remind us of our moral and professional duties to advance social justice and progress toward a true multi-cultural and multi-racial democracy.