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Equity and Inclusion


Events & Programs

E&I collaborates across the Law School and University on a wide-range of events. In the Summer of 2020, E&I launched the Achieving Racial Justice Series, in collaboration with the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice and the Toll Public Interest Center. The series will continue throughout the year, in partnership with colleagues across the Law School, focusing on bringing together leading scholars, practitioners, and activists to engage in solution-oriented analysis of long-standing systemic inequity.

In addition, numerous members of our community – from students to staff and faculty are continuously adding to the rich tapestry of events focused on every measure of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Many are highlighted here.

E&I is eager to collaborate with campus and community partners - offering planning and, in some cases, financial support to help advance equity and inclusion through community education. We invite all who are developing events or programs that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion to let us know so that we can include them here. Simply click Include me! to provide us with a few details.


Upcoming Events

January 27th, 2021

  • 911 call center
    Wednesday, January 27, 2021
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST Rescuing 911:  Opportunities for Reform in Police Dispatch
    Amid ongoing calls for reform to address systemic racism in our communities, our 911 operators continue to receive about 500,000 calls each day. These operators are the first of our first responders. The information they gather, what they transmit, and the way they transmit it can have a meaningful impact on how police respond to calls for help from our communities. And as the recent killing of Walter Wallace Jr. in Philadelphia shows, the manner in which police get dispatched to an encounter with a community member can critically shape how it ends.

    Register here

    As part of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s yearlong colloquium, Achieving Racial Justice, we invite you to a conversation with international experts in emergency dispatch to discuss actionable improvements that can be made across the country to generate better outcomes for community members and police.

    Jerry L. Clayton, Sheriff, Washtenaw County (MI) Sheriff’s Office
    Dr. Jessica W. Gillooly, Fellow, the Policing Project at NYU School of Law
    John Hawkins, Assistant Chief Constable, Police Scotland

    John Hollway, Quattrone Center

    This event is supported in part through the sponsorship of Margolis Realty Company and Andrew S. Margolis C’84; L’87.

    This virtual event is free of charge and open to the public

    This program has been approved for 1.0 Ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should make a payment via the online registration link in the amount of $40.00 ($20.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys). In order to receive the appropriate amount of credit, passcodes provided throughout the program must be noted in your evaluation form.
    Penn Law Alumni receive CLE credits free through The W.P. Carey Foundation’s generous commitment to Lifelong Learning.

    Margolis Realty 

February 19th, 2021

February 24th, 2021

Recent Events

January 14th, 2021

  • Thursday, January 14, 2021
    4:00 PM - 6:00 PM EST What (If Anything) Can a Rebalanced System of Corporate Governance Do to Promote Racial Equity?
    This will be the third and final program in the Conference on Racial Equity in Corporate Governance. Over a series of three panel discussions, we will be joined by business leaders and top legal thinkers to explore how to increase racial diversity in the C-suite and boardroom, how corporate leaders can promote a more inclusive workforce and racial equity, and what (if anything) a rebalanced system of corporate governance can do to promote racial equity.

    Racial Equity ConferenceThe third installment of the conference will examine mechanisms and agents for rebalancing corporate governance in the interest of promoting racial equity. This session will explore questions of defining corporate purpose and best practices, the role of disclosure requirements, executive compensation incentives, and the roles of directors, investors, proxy advisory firms, and general counsel in addressing racial equity. Lisa Fairfax (Alexander Hamilton Professor of Business Law and Director of the GW Corporate Law and Governance Institute,
    The George Washington University Law School) and Omari Scott Simmons (Howard L. Oleck Professor of Business Law and Director of Business Law Program, Wake Forest School of Law) will moderate the discussion.

    Keir Gumbs, Associate General Counsel, Global Corporate, M&A and Securities and Deputy Corporate Secretary, Uber Technologies
    Osagie Imasogie, Co-Founder and Senior Managing Partner, PIPV Capital
    Erika James, Dean and Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania
    Jennifer Krevitt, ‎Managing Director & Global Head, Human Capital Management, Consumer & Investment Management Division, Goldman Sachs
    Anne Robinson, Managing Director, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary,
    Kim Rucker, Director, Celanese Corporation, Lennox International, Inc.,
    and Marathon Petroleum Corporation

    Hosted by Institute for Law & Economics University of Pennsylvania

    To register: click here.

    This program has been approved for 2.0 ethics CLE credits for Pennsylvania lawyers. CLE credit may be available in other jurisdictions as well. Attendees seeking CLE credit should make a payment via the online registration link in the amount of $80.00 ($40.00 public interest/non-profit attorneys). In order to receive the appropriate amount of credit, passcodes provided throughout the program must be noted in your evaluation form.


    If you missed the program in person, you can watch the video recording here.

    Racial Equity Conference 

    Via Zoom

January 12th, 2021

  • Dr. Yusef Salaam
    Tuesday, January 12, 2021
    6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST Seeing Us, and Hearing Our Voices: A Criminal Justice Conversation with Yusef Salaam and John Legend
    The Quattrone Center is proud to host an online conversation with world-famous recording artist and criminal justice reform advocate, John Legend and member of the Exonerated Five, Dr. Yusef Salaam. They will be discussing new directions in criminal justice reform and how their reform efforts reflect this year’s dramatic shift in national focus towards racial justice.

    Register here
    John Legend

    EGOT-winning, critically acclaimed, multiplatinum singer-songwriter John Legend has garnered 11 Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award, among others.

    As a philanthropist, Legend initiated the #FREEAMERICA campaign in 2015 to change the national conversation surrounding our country’s misguided criminal justice policies and to end mass incarceration. In addition to Legend’s signature initiatives, he serves on the Board of Directors of Harlem Village Academies and Management Leadership for Tomorrow, and on the Advisory Board for The Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and Teach for All.

    Dr. Yusef Salaam

    Dr. Yusef Salaam is a published poet, public speaker and powerful advocate for criminal justice reform. He regularly speaks out against injustice by sharing his story and fighting for social change. He is part of “The Exonerated Five”, who were wrongly charged and convicted in 1989/1990 of a highly publicized rape in New York’s Central Park. While in prison, another man confessed to the crime. Tests confirmed the presence of that man’s DNA in the victim’s rape kit. On the recommendation of the Manhattan District Attorney, the convictions of all five men were overturned and the men were exonerated in 2002. Dr. Salaam was imprisoned for close to seven years and had finished parole before his conviction was overturned.

    The story is the subject of Ava DuVernay’s acclaimed Netflix dramatization “When They See Us”, which was nominated for 16 Emmy Awards, winning 2. Dr. Salaam has received various awards for his work, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Barack Obama.
    This event is part of the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School’s Achieving Racial Justice series. It is free of charge and open to the public.

December 10th, 2020

  • Thursday, December 10, 2020
    9:00 AM EST Equal in Law and Life: Tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    The University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, together with UN Women, Harvard Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession, and Stanford Law School’s Center on the Legal Profession honor the global legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on December 10, International Human Rights Day.

    The Law School’s Rangita de Silva de Alwis is leading this partnership.

    The global conversation, “Equal in Law and Life: Tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” convenes an intergenerational group of women leaders and male allies to reflect on the transformative impact of Justice Ginsburg’s work on equality in the law and in life.


    Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka

    United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, former Vice President of South Africa

    Gillian Lester

    Dean of Columbia Law School

    David Wilkins

    Lester Kissel Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

    Deborah Rhode

    Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law at Stanford Law School

    Justice Sisi Khampepe
    Constitutional Court of South Africa
    Justice Susan Glazebrook

    Supreme Court of New Zealand

    Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella

    Supreme Court of Canada

    Aminata Touré

    former Prime Minister of Senegal


    Rangita de Silva de Alwis will moderate the first conversation.
    Clara Spera, Legal Fellow at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Justice Ginsburg’s granddaughter, will moderate the second conversation.


    Women leaders, jurists, policy makers, young legal scholars, civil society and others from around the world will discuss how women’s leadership in jurisprudence and their interpretative work on constitutional justice can help alter the legal landscape in communities and countries where women and men experience grave threats to both de jure and de facto discrimination.

    These transnational conversations will explore lessons and stories from around the world and reflect on the pioneering legal strategies that Justice Ginsberg adopted in particular her emphasis on interpreting the Constitution of the United States in its fullest capacity to allow justice to prevail in favor of comprehensive and substantive equality.

    Click here to register. 


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Achieving Racial Justice Series

Achieving Racial Justice is a yearlong colloquium and one of many initiatives Penn Law has implemented to work against anti-Black violence and racism. This series is hosted by the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice and in partnership with the Toll Public Interest Center and the Office of Equity & Inclusion.

Click here to learn more about the series.

Forum on Advancing Inclusive Leadership Sessions

Penn Law Executive Education and Rangita de Silva de Alwis convened over 45 leaders across industries who have made advancing inclusion, equity, and diversity the cornerstone of their mission and strategic priorities. Titled the Forum on Advancing Inclusive Leadership, these high-level conversations were recorded and will be made available through multiple distribution channels to students and alumni.

Click here to watch these important sessions.