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Deborah Johnson is RWU Law's Director of Diversity and Outreach.

Prior to her arrival at Roger Williams, Johnson was Director of Youth Programs at the Boston Center for Community & Justice is a member of the Board of Directors for both the Center for Collaborative Education and the...

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Posted by Deborah Johnson
11/16/2016 at 04:15 PM
Last week – just hours after the next President of the United States of America was announced – RWU Law students, faculty and staff (joined by undergraduates and University faculty and staff) attended a performance of DEFAMATION - THE PLAY.  This is the second year that the play has been performed on campus and it was as compelling as ever – if not more so, given the timing. DEFAMATION is a gripping courtroom drama written by playwright Todd Logan, and focuses on how the issues of gender, race, class and religion intersect with the law.  The play is also a powerful teaching tool for...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
04/12/2016 at 01:27 PM
RWU Law is very excited to present the seventh installment in its biennial Thurgood Marshall Memorial Lecture series this week.  This lecture honors the memory and legacy of our nation’s first African American United States Supreme Court Justice. Our featured speaker this year is famed Harvard professor, Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.  Dr. Banaji has done pioneering work in the area of implicit bias and is one of the architects of the Harvard Implicit Association Test (“IAT”). ...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
12/04/2015 at 09:57 AM
Over the past several years, RWU Law has made significant strides in increasing the diversity of its student body.  When I arrived here in February 2011, the percentage of students in the 2010 entering class who identified as a member of a racial or ethnic group traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession was 15%.  That percentage has risen to 25% with the current 1L class and the racial and ethnic diversity of the overall student body stands at 23%.  Indeed the law school’s student body is more diverse today than it has ever been – more accurately reflecting the...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
01/12/2015 at 09:39 AM
The week of January 19-23, 2015 marks RWU Law's 10th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, a time during which the law school observes the many contributions of Dr. King (and others) to the Civil Rights Movement.  As in past years, multiple events and activities have been planned for this year's celebration week. On Monday – the King Holiday – members of the RWU Law community will join Rhode Islanders at the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast.  This popular community breakfast is attended each year by hundreds of Rhode Islanders who gather not only to...
Posted by Deborah Johnson
11/25/2014 at 07:37 AM
Each year, from September 15 to October 15, the nation observes Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating the many contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to our nation and society.  (Cada año, del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, celebramos en los Estados Unidos el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, que es una oportunidad para dirigir la atencion nacional a las contribuciones de la comunidad hispana a la sociedad estadounidense.)  With the recent elections of RWU Law Professor (and former Providence Housing Court Judge) Jorge Elorza as Mayor of Providence and Nellie Gorbea as the...