March DEI News
March DEI News
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Fordham Law School
Dear Fordham Law Community, 
Happy Women’s History Month! I am pleased to recognize the diversity of women lawyers and leaders from Fordham Law School this month and beyond.  Their collective contributions form the foundation for many of our student leaders highlighted in this month's newsletter. 
I invite you to collaborate with me on this newsletter and submit content suggestions for future newsletters. Please use this form to submit upcoming events for consideration. 
Kamille Dean
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
Fordham Law Celebrates Women’s History Month
March is #WomensHistoryMonth! This month we celebrate the amazing women, past and present, in the Fordham Law community. For over 100 years, women have studied at Fordham Law and have gone on to be trailblazers and history makers. Join us in celebrating the women of Fordham Law and take a trip down memory lane
Fordham Law Women Promotes Networking, Education, and Advocacy
As Fordham Law School celebrates Women’s History Month, we spoke with Zoe Buzinkai ’22 and Krista Gresia ’21—2L president and 3L president, respectively, of Fordham Law Women—about the affinity group’s networking initiatives, the challenges faced by women in law school and the legal profession, advocacy goals, and how they are planning to honor Fordham alumnae. Read more

Fordham Law Women’s Third Annual Symposium: Covid-19 and the Impact on Gender

Fordham Law Women’s symposium this year, which has been organized into three panels, is about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on gender. The first panel focuses on COVID’s impact on women in the workforce—for example, examining whether women have had to take a leave of absence or take steps back in their jobs. The second panel looks at COVID’s impact on marginalized women, including how it’s affected people of color, people with disabilities, and those in the LGBTQ community. The final panel is about the response to domestic violence and how COVID-19 has impacted access to justice and has affected the court system, in light of the pandemic.

Rosevelie Márquez Morales at Ms. JD Summit

Adjunct Professor and Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Hogan Lovells, Rosevelie Márquez Morales ’02 gave remarks at the 2021 virtual Ms. JD Summit. Ms. JD is a non-profit organization that supports women in the legal profession and in law school. Learn more.  
Women’s History Month Highlight Series
Follow Fordham’s Jewish Law Students Association and Latin American Law Students Association on Instagram in March as they each honor Women’s History Month, highlighting Jewish women "firsts" and women of color.  

Student Group Updates
Fordham APALSA’s Statement on Anti-Asian Violence

Fordham Law stands strongly with Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) and their statement condemning the recent Anti-Asian violence. Please read their statement and a statement from Dean Matthew Diller denouncing racist acts of violence against the Asian American communities. 

Chapter of the Year

Fordham’s Black Law Students Association chapter won Chapter of the Year at the National BLSA Convention held earlier this month. Congratulations to the board! 
Stories from the Community
New York State Senators Recognize Fordham Law Students for COVID Rent Relief Program

Fordham Law students were recognized by four state senators for their work assisting applicants for New York State’s COVID Rent Relief Program during a Lunar New Year celebration hosted by the senators on February 16, 2021. Learn more

Upcoming Events

The Next Mayor’s Access to Justice Agenda: The Candidates in Conversation with Bill Ritter on Justice Systems Priorities 
Mr. Ritter will guide conversation among the leading mayoral candidates on matters that are enormously important to all who care about justice in our great city. This event will be live-streamed by WABC and Fordham Law. Please join us on March 18.
APALSA Presents: Asian American Identity and Anti-Blackness
Wednesday, March 24th from 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM

Over the last year, Asian Americans have faced a deeply troubling rise in anti-Asian bias and violence. This is nothing new, but for some of us, this has forced us to confront our own racialized identities in new ways. At the same time, many of us have been having long-overdue conversations with our families, elders, and communities about anti-Blackness.

Come join APALSA members for a confidential facilitated discussion group where we can engage with these topics, share advice on starting conversations about anti-Blackness issues with our loved ones, and discuss building solidarity across different racial groups in law school. 

Please RSVP by Tuesday, March 23rd at 5 PM by emailing Nick Loh and Caitlin Ramiro at
Save the Date!
The next Dialogue Day will take place on Monday, April 10. More details and registration is forthcoming. 
Future Fordham Lawyers
The journey to law school and the path of every Fordham Lawyer is unique. Meet the latest Future Fordham Lawyer, Mariam Zein ’22.
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