Law School Series 'Confronts' Diversity

"Confronting Diversity" is the theme of the Law School's annual Diversity Month observance in March, and a series of events have been planned that will explore recent changes in the law that affect related issues.

The juvenile justice system will be the focus of a panel discussion moderated by Adj. Assoc. Prof. Francine Sherman (Law) today at 5 p.m. in room 103 of the Kenny-Cottle Library. Panelists discussing "Community Collaboration to Benefit Children" will include: Laila Yasin of the Legal Resource Center; Marie St. Fleur of Operation Childwatch; Gretchen Graef of the Suffolk County District Attorney's Juvenile Justice Program; Judge Jose Sanchez of the Lawrence Juvenile Court; and Judge Luis Perez of the Worcester Juvenile Court.

This panel will demonstrate the expansion of lawyers' and judges' roles beyond individual cases to the development of programs and policies for children, families and communities that provide legal advocacy training, educate students about the juvenile justice system and provide mentoring to mothers.

"Bilingual Education: Does It Work?" will be the topic of a March 17 discussion at 5 p.m., also in Kenny-Cottle 103, moderated by Adj. Assoc. Prof. Leslie Espinoza (Law). Panelists will include Boston University political scientist Christine Rossell; Thomas Louie, director of Massachusetts English Plus coalition; and Marla Perez, president of the Massachusetts Association for Bilingual Education.

An afternoon of Mariachi music and traditional Mexican food and drink will be celebrated at 3 p.m. in the Stuart House snack bar on Friday, March 20 during the "Mariachi Bar Review."

On Tuesday, March 24 at 6 p.m. in the Kenny-Cottle study hall, the Women's Law Center will sponsor a workshop, "Strategies for Safe Living." Taught by two certified instructors from Impact/Model Mugging of Boston, participants will learn skills including street-smart awareness, using one's voice to discourage an attacker and full-contact defense techniques.

A panel of community activists and land-use experts will share their perspectives on the local, legal and policy implications of issues affecting Boston's lower-income minority communities on Thursday, March 26 at 5 p.m. in Barat House. Discussion will focus on alternatives for redevelopment of abandoned and potentially hazardous urban land.

"Political Issues Affecting Asian-Americans and Community Activism," will be presented by Federal Communications Commission attorney Mark Keam, a Korean-American activist, on Friday, March 27 at 1:30 p.m. in Stuart 402.

W riter and director Gloria Rolando will screen her documentary on Black Panther and Black Liberation Army leader Assata Shakur, "Eyes of the Rainbow," on Thursday, April 2 at 5 p.m. in Stuart 315.

The Law School's celebration of Diversity Month was begun in 1992 as an effort to promote awareness, understanding and critical discussion about cultural, racial and religious diversity in America.

-Michael Seele

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