The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee is thrilled to announce the inaugural year of DLS’s Delaware Law Engages program. The primary goal of DLS’s Delaware Law Engages is to provide students, staff, and faculty a shared encounter with race, ethnicity, and legal justice issues, engendering greater awareness and understanding as well as conversations, both informal and formal.
For the 2021-2022 academic year, the DEI Committee selected the book Choosing Equality: Essays and Narratives on the Desegregation Experience, by Professor Bob Hayman of the Delaware Law School and Professor Leland Ware, Professor of African Studies and the Louis L. Redding Chair for the Study of Law and Public Policy at the University of Delaware. Choosing Equality focuses on the legacy of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, both from a national perspective and also in the unique context of the Delaware experience, as Delaware contributed two of the five cases consolidated for the Supreme Court's consideration in Brown. The book is available for purchase by students through the Widener bookstore or a copy can be purchased here.
During 1L Orientation, held in August 2021, Professor Hayman presented a one-hour program with video segments by Professor Ware, along with Dan Atkins, Executive Director of Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. (CLASI). The program provided a brief introduction to equality issues raised by the book and explained why those issues are still important. Dan Atkins discussed a significant post-book development - the very recent CLASI/ACLU litigation for educational equality in Delaware.
Everyone is invited to read the book; talk about it with fellow law students, DLS faculty and staff; and watch for an announcement about an upcoming Public Education Seminar and panel discussion hosted by the Delaware Barristers on the topic of Re-segregation of Delaware Public Schools, sponsored by DLS and the DEI Committee in November 2021!
Dean Farris and the DEI Committee