Our Goals

1) UW Law needs a Critical Race Theorist hired and teaching immediately at UW Law.  In Spring Quarter 2013 Dean Testy promised to hire someone by Winter Quarter 2014 to teach CRT, and this student movement is part of the accountability process to ensure that we eventually have a Critical Race Theorist long-term.

— Update: As of September 2, we were informed that Critical Race Theory (Law E561) will be a class at UW Law.  While this is a victory, we still need a permanent CRT.

— Update: As of March 11, 2014, Critical Race Theory completed its first quarter as a class at UW Law, and it was absolutely FANTASTIC.

2) UW Law needs a Diversity Plan Director to make UW Law a safe place for all people, especially people of color and people with disabilities.  In Summer 2012 Dean Testy promised to hire one, and then in Spring Quarter 2013 Dean Testy promised to hire a Diversity Plan Director by Winter Quarter 2014, and this student movement is part of the accountability process.

— Update: As of September 20, we were notified that Dean Testy did in fact notify the faculty committee that we would be having a Diversity Plan!  This is a major victory, potentially, but it remains to be seen if she will move forward on the plan as drafted by the interested students or if it will be something not of our design. If this is what students proposed, then this is a major victory for justice within the law school.

— Update: As of January 27, 2014, Dean Testy said that a Diversity Plan is in the works and someone has been hired!  More as it develops.

— Update: As of February 12, 2014, nothing has been done or even announced as regards a Diversity Plan.

— Update: As of March 7, 2014, the diversity plan coordinator was interviewing students and faculty as part of the development of the plan!  This is a step in the right direction; but, we must remain vigilant to ensure that the administration does not limit or rollback any advances that are proposed/put into place.

3) UW Law needs to cancel the Prosecution Clinic. Let us instead create opportunities for the development of broad-minded future prosecutors in any number of other ways, including perhaps the creation of a Criminal Justice Track benefiting more than just 8 students per quarter and perhaps linking future prosecutors with current or former prosecutors to help students with job opportunities, and the same for future public defenders.

— Update: As of February 19, 2014, the Curriculum Innovation Committee sent a memo to faculty and dean Testy that reads, in part: “Faculty and staff have raised a variety of concerns about the pending Criminal Prosecution Clinic proposal. In light of those concerns, we do not recommend that the law school proceed with the clinic for 2014-15.”

4) UW Law needs to commit to only adding clinics that address unmet legal needs.  We recommend a Re-Entry clinic.

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