Loyola recognized for diversity by preLaw magazine

The January 2014 issue of preLaw magazine names Loyola as a “Diversity Star.”  The magazine cited the Law School Admissions Office’s diversity receptions and work with the Black Law Students Association to reach prospective students from underrepresented groups. It also credited the school's Young Lawyers Program and its SBA’s Diversity Week Committee for receiving the American Bar Association Diversity Award.

"The diversity of the Loyola community is one of our greatest assets. So it is with great pride that I can report Loyola recently received national recognition for its diversity efforts," said Dean Victor Gold.

In February, diversity is a focus of several important events as the Law School celebrates Black History Month:

  • Feb. 8: Gary Williams, Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Professor of Civil Rights, will be receive the Excellence in Academia Award at this year’s Langston Bar Association Annual Gala. Also at this event, alumnus John T. Anthony III '05 will be inaugurated as president of the Langston Bar Association. 
  • Feb. 22: The Langston Bar Association will convene at Loyola a panel presentation entitled, “African-American Leadership: The Roadmap to Breaking Barriers, Achieving Success & Making a Difference.” It will feature U.S. Attorney André Birotte, LA County Public Defender Ron Brown, LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Herb Wesson, Jr., president of the LA City Council. The program is free to students. 
  • Feb. 26: The Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Ceremony & Reception on February 26 will honor L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The award is presented annually to those who, like the alumnus for whom it is named, demonstrate a dedication to social justice and a commitment to serving the community. 

Elsewhere, Loyola’s Judge Stephen O’Neil Trial Advocacy Mentoring Program (better known as the Young Lawyers Program) enters its 15th year in spring 2014. The mentoring initiative was established by the Black Law Students Association and La Raza de Loyola. The mock-trial training program aims to expose youth from underrepresented groups to the benefits of obtaining an advanced professional degree. Advised by Professors Gary Williams, Brietta Clark, Gary Craig and Eric Miller, Loyola students plan the program, recruit high school students, teach the lessons, select a trial problem and coach the trial teams to a final competition in April.