Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in Action by SLS | Stanford Law School

Law students need to be prepared to work effectively in a very diverse society that still struggles with racism and other forms of inequality. Students, staff and teachers have collaborated over the past five years recognizing that Stanford’s reform efforts are not commensurate with this paycheck and that change in the profession as a whole must begin with legal education. The following are some of the school’s recent recruitment, promotion, enrollment, curriculum, climate, cultural competency, cultural humility, anti-racism, and other areas. Dean Inive TV, launched in the summer of 2020, shows that there is still a long way to go in terms of diversity, equity and inclusion. As we move forward, it is important to respect the collective efforts involved – especially the time, energy and creativity of students, staff, and teachers who have traditionally grown up unnecessarily to promote this organization.

Before the 2018 DEI Working Group

  • (2009) The First Woman Appointed Dean of Public Service and Public Benefit Law – Diane Chin
  • (2016) Fourth Color Female Student Associate Dean – Jory Steele
  • (2016) Fourth Color Woman Appointed as Current Faculty Member (Assistant Professor in Service Line) – Rabia Belt
  • (2016-17) Student Associate Dean and Associate Dean Quarterly Meetings with Members of Intensive Groups for Public Service and Public Interest Law.
  • (2017) According to Abba Standard 302 (d), the law school recognized as a result of learning that cultural competence is a “skill required for competence and ethical participation as a member of the legal profession.”

The recommendations of the DE work group were approved in 2018

Facilitator-student-staff work to address racist concerns about DE&I in law school. Policy labs created to structure research on DE&I. The team’s recommendations were approved by Dean. Improvements include:

  • Race Justice Center approved
  • Minorities admit law school re-designed over weekend to increase funding and logistics support
  • 1L required 4 unit classes to reduce teaching workload and increase time for student pro bono, public interest and other extracurricular activities
  • 1L Fall Discussion seminars were created to develop differences and multifaceted perspectives on developing legal discussions in small group settings on topics related to the reasons why students chose the law as a profession. Check out the seminars for this fall: https://law.stanford.edu/discussion-seminars/
  • SSS continues to co-host Cool Kolocom, a “academy for the promotion of racial segregation.”
  • Classroom reporting process has been reviewed
  • Re-designed and expanded for Clinical Faculty Annual Cultural Humility Training
  • 1L Pro bono training was launched in traditional humility
  • Multi-line project in enrollment launched: Stanford Law Institute (suspended for summer 2020 and 2021 due to VV-19)
  • The Leon Cain Community Leadership Award is designed to recognize outstanding student contributions to the law school community, including improving and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
  • Position expansion for all 1Ls, including the DE&I session
  • Leading Scholar on the Threat of Threat: Claude Stelen on Social Science Identity and Prejudice Series, Indigenous Scholar Mazarine Banji
  • He taught at the main faculty (Professor Richard Thompson Ford) in a regular 3-grade critical race competition.
  • Establish an interim committee on access to funds to improve material support for low-income students.


  • (2018) New Appointment Man of Colors in the Line of Service Diego A. Zambrano
  • (2018) Professor Ron Tyler, Director of Stanford Crime Prevention Clinic to Professor of Law (Education)
  • (2018-19) Student Associate Dean and Associate Dean Quarterly Meetings with Members of Strict Groups on Public Service and Public Interest Law.
  • (2019) Third Color Woman Transferred to Full Professor Since 2009 (with Position) – Sherin Sinar
  • (2019) Dean of First Female Councilor Law School – Jenny Martinez
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  • The Ad Hawk Committee on Financial Access has been set up to advise the dean – members Faye Dill, Diane Chin, Amalia Kesler and Allison Moranz.


  • (2020-21) Funding has increased in response to the epidemic and funding interim committee
    • To provide material support for the special financial costs incurred as a result of the Covenant epidemic
    • Financial aid prizes have increased by $ 2,500 per student and student contribution, rather than year-on-year inflation.
    • Summer jobs have been provided for other unemployed students.
    • More than $ 2 million in additional funding for student financial needs due to crisis
      Summer public demand has increased.
  • (2020) The Woman of Color is named Acting Director of the Stanford Race Justice Center – Diane Chin
  • (2020) A new appointment for a man of color in the line-up – Julian Nyarco
  • (2020) University cluster recruitment on race studies at university approved by Provost and President (Read SLS Faculty Position Statement)
  • (2020) Approved a new Dean for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
  • (2020) Professor Sirin Sinar Appointed Representative of the School of Law in the United States Cluster Recruitment Committee
  • (2020) Faculty Director Professor Rick Banks and Acting Director Diane T. Chin launch Stanford Tribal Justice Center
  • (2020) Stanford Law School launches first version of National Clearinghouse Beta on diversity, equity and inclusion research on these topics.
  • (2020) Stanford Law School will create a policy laboratory to support students’ contributions to diversity, equality and inclusion.
  • (2020) Other special courses on race and proposed legislation, including:
  • (2020) Salian Python Fellowship was created for different law professors. The application process is open to all current SLS students.
  • (2020) Barbara Allan Bakcok Award for Excellence in Teaching (Professor Diego Zambrano, First Winner) Comprehensive education, intellectual perseverance and commitment to high professional loyalty, mentoring and service.
  • (2020) Short-term recommendations to improve material support for low-income students are being implemented as the committee continues to examine long-term goals and fundraising needs to support additional funding.
  • (2020) Approves mandatory training in classroom management, including diversity and inclusion for all SLS teachers.
    • Teachers and classroom climate committee members were formed to develop trainings with Anne Joseph O’Connell (Co-Chair), Norman Spalding (Co-Chair), and Lisa Owlett.
    • Research-based resources and feedback to share with all 1L teachers
    • Training will begin in the 2020-21 school year and will continue after that
  • (2020) Dean Martinez will hold small group meetings with the entire faculty on classroom climate
  • (2020) Professor Richard Ford was appointed by the Planning and Policy Board Committee to develop guidelines around the university, taking into account the controversy over Leonard Law and the Stanford University Speech Code. Constitutional violation of free speech.
  • (2020) Professor Ron Tyler and Professor Larry Marshall lead a new layout program that includes a discussion of Brian Stevenson’s book Just Mercy, with two dozen other teachers joining small group discussions with incoming students.
  • (2020) Professor Norman W. Spalding serves as Dean’s Special Adviser on D&I Initiatives
  • (2021) New Workplace, Director of Diverse Communities, Created in External Relations to help develop an aluminum program and start and support aluminum bond groups.
  • (2021) The ePluribus project is full of experimentation – aimed at developing student skills based on the idea that we will be better lawyers and leaders in our own and diverse participation.


  • (2021) SLS Associate Dean is hired for a variety of equality and inclusion – Tirin Steinbach
  • (2021) As part of the University Cluster hire, the first Native American faculty member hired on the SLS tenure line – Elizabeth Reese
  • (2021) Race Justice Center Manager George Brown
  • (2021) Several courses have been offered focusing on issues related to different courses:
    • Disability Law
    • Critical race theory
    • Discussion (1L) – Race and Technology
    • Discussion (1L) Race, civil rights and human rights
    • Race, loss and higher education – Opportunity
    • Race, identity and national security
    • Constitutional Law – Speech and Religion
    • Discussion (1L) – Religion, Identity and Law
    • Gender, law and public policy
    • One in five – campus sexual assault law, politics and policy
    • Policy Practice – Examining Compulsory Arbitration and NDAs for Gender Discrimination Complaints

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