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Diversity & Inclusion

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Diversity at Duke Law is more than a statement or a goal: it is part of our educational mission. Duke Law values diversity, in the broadest sense, because the law is a field and profession that must serve and protect all members of society.

The educational experience of our students is demonstrably enriched by an exchange of ideas and experiences among students, faculty, staff, and alumni who contribute diverse perspectives. The age, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, cultural backgrounds, educational experience, political perspectives, work experience, and physical ability or disability of each member of our community offer opportunities for us to deepen our understanding of our society and our roles as lawyers, leaders, and public servants.

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For Current Students and Alumni

Ebony BryantEbony Bryant, Director of Diversity Initiatives, works with students, student organizations, administrators, and faculty on efforts to enhance inclusivity and diversity at the Law School. She maintains connections with minority alumni to promote opportunities for engagement with Duke Law and facilitates connections that benefit current and prospective students.

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For Prospective Students

Patrice BarleyPatrice Barley, Assistant Director of Admissions and Coordinator of Diversity Recruitment, helps in the outreach and recruit of talented candidates from diverse backgrounds in support of Duke Law's educational mission. She participates in recruitment tours around the country and facilitates the Law School's Admitted Students Weekend.

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Audio: 'Preparing Black students to be Black lawyers'

Recorded prior to the murder of George Floyd, this two-part edition of the Duke Law Roundtable features students and faculty sharing their insights on what it means to prepare Black law students to succeed as Black lawyers in America.

Conversation with Faculty: Ebony Bryant, Director of Diversity Initiatives at Duke Law, moderates this discussion with Jerome M. Culp Professor of Law Trina Jones, former judge of North Carolina Supreme Court and longtime litigator Charles Becton ’69, and Jesse McCoy, the James Scott Farrin Lecturing Fellow and supervising attorney for the Civil Justice Clinic.

 

Conversation with Students: Bryant moderates this discussion with Jessica Mason '20, a twice summer associate at Vinson & Elkins and member of the Black Law Students Association (Duke BLSA); Chavis Jones '20, a graduate of Morehouse College and Harvard University, who served as president of the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association at Duke; and Stephanie Turner '20, who took part in the Duke Law Center for Race, Law, and Politics, Duke BLSA, and The Innocence Project.

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Preliminary Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
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On June 17, 2020, President Price wrote a letter to the entire Duke University community, charging us to come together to combat racism and inequality.