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Fordham Law School
Dear Fordham Law Community, 
Welcome to the new DEI Newsletter!  This periodic newsletter will feature a compilation of programs, projects, and initiatives focused on furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion at Fordham Law School. We look forward to highlighting the work that our students, faculty, and staff are engaged in towards social justice at the Law School and in our communities.
Kamille Dean
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
Celebrate Black History Month with Fordham Law Events
Fordham Law will celebrate Black History Month with multiple virtual events, including Black Lives Matter Around the GlobeA Fireside Chat with Anne Williams-Isom, and How Long ‘Til Black Future Month. Register for these and more here.
In recent years, we have celebrated and honored the lives and work of alumni we’ve lost—including Ruth Whitehead Whaley ’24, Eunice Carter ’32, and Reginald Brewster ’50.
This year we will also honor those who are blazing the trail for future Black lawyers. Fordham's Black Law Students Association will honor recent alumni during its February 18 event, Roads to Success: Blazing Trails for Future Black Lawyers. Register here
Black History Month Highlight Series
Follow Fordham’s Jewish Law Students Association on Instagram as they honor Jewish people of African descent during Black History Month. 
Spring Orientation Advances Dialogue on Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism
This year’s spring orientation program for first-year students focused on programming around anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues. Held on January 19, 2021, the orientation builds on last year’s spring orientation program, the first-ever offered at Fordham Law. Learn more
Tatiana Hyman ’22 Elected First Black Editor-in-Chief of Fordham Law Review
Tatiana Hyman ’22 was recently elected editor-in-chief of the Fordham Law Review. She is the first Black student to ever hold the position in the history of the journal, which has been published continuously since 1935. During her lengthy interview process, she watched with the rest of the nation as Kamala Harris was sworn in as our country’s first Black vice president. Witnessing that milestone bolstered her own confidence, she recalls, saying, “In two words: Representation matters.” Read more.
Lunar New Year: The Year of the Ox
Happy Lunar New Year! The Lunar New Year marks the first new moon of the lunisolar calendars that are traditional to many East Asian countries. Fordham Law students and faculty are celebrating Asian culture and giving back within the community. Learn more
New Scholarship Program Honors the Late Judge Deborah A. Batts
To honor the late Judge Deborah A. Batts, a trailblazing legal scholar and pioneering jurist, Fordham Law School has created a new scholarship program and announced its very first recipients. Judge Batts, the first Black faculty member to receive tenure at Fordham Law and the first openly LGBTQ judge on the federal bench passed away on February 3, 2020. Learn more
Fordham Law Students Give Back on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
On January 18 and 19, 2021, Fordham Law students participated along with more than 3,500 other volunteers in the 20th Annual MLK Serve-a-Thon sponsored by policy and advocacy organization Hunger Free America. Read the full story

Connect with Us and Our Community 

Faculty-Student Conversation Series
Please join the upcoming faculty-student conversation series happening over the coming weeks. Together, faculty and students will explore topics such as marriage equality, representing marginalized communities, and more. Register here
Future Fordham Lawyers
The journey to law school and the path of every Fordham Lawyer is unique. In our series, Future Fordham Lawyers, we highlight our students and the moments that made them want to become lawyers. Check out more stories on the Fordham Law Instagram

The Fordham Lawyer

The latest issue of the Fordham Lawyer explores Fordham’s impact on helping those with the most need during the pandemic and examining institutional racism in the legal profession.
Read the full issue and our feature story A Racial Reckoning.
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