SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga University School of Law is one of 10 law schools nationwide to receive a Diversity Matters Award from the Law School Admission Council for its diversity outreach efforts. The awards recognize 10 schools each year for “commitment to reaching out to ethnically and racially diverse populations.”
The award was announced at the recent Law School Admission Council’s annual meeting.
“Recruiting a diverse student body continues to be an integral part of our admissions process at Gonzaga Law,” said Susan Lee, director of admission. “We are committed to building a diverse class because we know this benefits our community.”
Gonzaga Law School’s ethnic and racial diversity has doubled from 8 percent in the 2006 freshman class to 16 percent for the 2012 freshman class. The amount of scholarships available to diverse Gonzaga Law students in that same time period increased by more than 550 percent.
In addition to efforts to recruit a diverse student body, Gonzaga Law also works closely with current students, alumni and the wider legal community in diversity efforts. Jane Korn, dean of the Law School, recently participated in the Initiative for Diversity Panel at the American Bar Association’s Summit for Managing Partners. From 2008 to 2011, Assistant Dean of Students and Diversity Coordinator John Sklut served on the ABA’s Presidential Advisory Council on Diversity in the Profession (now the Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline).
Gonzaga Law School also participates in a wide variety of events, councils, and commissions focused on diversity in legal education and the law profession, including: the yearly Color of Justice programs in Spokane and Alaska, the annual Youth & Justice Forum held in Central Washington, the Spokane community’s annual Unity in the Community celebration, partnerships with local tribal governments through the Federal Indian Law Clinic, sponsorships of the annual Statewide Diversity Conference, and work with the Spokane County Bar Association’s Diversity Section through internship and scholarship programs.
This year’s top Diversity Matters Award was given to DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. In addition to Gonzaga Law School, other schools honored include University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law (2nd place), and Chapman University School of Law (3rd place). Other finalists include Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, Emory University School of Law, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Marquette University School of Law, Wayne State University Law School, and William Mitchell College of Law.
The Law School Admissions Council is a nonprofit organization of 218 law schools in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
For more information, please contact Andrea Parrish at Gonzaga University School of Law via email or phone at (509) 313-3771.