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Diversity Awareness Week

February 28, 2012

The law school’s Diversity Committee celebrates its annual Diversity Awareness Week from Feb. 29 to March 9 by hosting a series of events and lectures.


Wednesday, Feb. 29 through Friday, March 9

In the spirit of giving back to the community the Diversity Awareness Committee is having a book drive this week for PHILADELPHIA READS a wonderful organization that provides children’s books and school supplies to Philadelphia educators, who teach in public, charter and parochial schools, day care centers, after school programs and other educational sites. There is a high demand for picture books and board books that discuss tolerance, Black history, multiculturalism, LGBT issues, and civil rights.

Celebrating Diversity in the Bar: Opening Reception and Award Ceremony

Wednesday, Feb. 29

5:30 p.m. Third Floor Lobby

On behalf of our Student Organizations, you are cordially invited to attend the Diversity Awareness Committee’s Opening Reception and Award Ceremony. Our students will present the Earle Mack School of Law Diversity Award to The Honorable Louis H. Pollak in recognition of his extraordinary dedication to diversity in the profession. Please join us and our keynote speaker, Naomi McLaurin, Esquire, Director of Diversity for the Philadelphia Bar Association, and celebrate diversity with our local Bench and Bar.

Diversity Week Movie Night: Of Civil Rights and Wrongs - The Fred Korematsu Story

Thursday, March 1

4 p.m. Room 340

APALSA & the Diversity Week Committee will be screening the film: Of Civil Wrongs and Rights the story of a 40-year legal battle to vindicate Fred Korematsu.

LALSA & Brehons Present: A Night of Latin Food & Irish Dancing

Friday, March 2

9:30 p.m. Cuba Libre and Plough & the Stars, Old City, Philadelphia

$10/person. Space is limited, please email Tanishka Cruz at to reserve your spot.

Happy JD: Balancing Law and Family at Drexel and Beyond

Monday, March 5

1 p.m. Room 301

Brown Bag Lunch discussion hosted by the Women’s Law Society. Dessert will be provided.

The Transgendered Client: What Future Lawyers Need to Know

Tuesday, March 6

12:15 p.m. Room 140

Please join OUTLaw as we observe Diversity Awareness Week. Benjamin Jerner, managing shareholder of Jerner & Palmer, P.C. and author of the chapter, "The Transgendered Client" appearing in the book Representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Clients in Pennsylvania, will speak on the legal issues facing transgendered individuals. Mr. Jerner has practiced law in Philadelphia for over 15 years. His practice concentrates on adoption, estate planning, probate, and legal issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered clients. Mr. Jerner has served on the boards of directors of the Philadelphia Bar Association's Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men, the Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia and the National LGBT Bar Association.

With a Racially Diverse Clientele : What A Lawyer Needs to Understand

Tuesday, March 6

4 p.m. Room 140

A diverse panel including professors and students discussing race and law from different perspectives.

“You don’t know what it is like…”

Wednesday, March 7

5 p.m. Second Floor Gallery

Ever wonder what it's like to be the first person in your family to attend law school, what the law school experience is like having a learning disability or what it feels like to balance a family and law school? Join us on Wednesday, March 7 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Second Floor gallery, for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to understand the unfamiliar in an informal and safe environment. Happy Hour sponsored by Asian Pacific American Law Student Association to follow.

Purim Celebration

Thursday, March 8

8:00 p.m. Blarney Stone, 39th & Sansom

Purim is a holiday commemorating the victory of the Jews over an evil ruler who sought to slay the Jews of ancient Persia. As part of diversity week, The Jewish Law Student Association invites all of the law school’s students to participate in the imbibing and festivities at this Purim happy hour.