NCCU Law hosts The Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Posted on Wednesday, October 9, 2013

President & Executive Director Barbara Arnwine and Dean Phyliss Craig-Taylor

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law recently held its inaugural judicial diversity panel at the School of Law as a part of its Judicial Diversity Project. “The Importance of Judicial Diversity and Paths to the Bench” was moderated by President & Executive Director Barbara Arnwine and included Federal Magistrate Judge Joe Webster, North Carolina Court of Appeals Judge Wanda Bryant, Durham Superior Court Judge Elaine Bushfan, Durham District Court Judge Doretta Walker, Durham District Court Judge William Marsh, III, and Wake District Court Judge Vince Rozier, Jr.

Alums and students were able to hear about each judge’s journey to the bench and then participate in break-out sessions with them. The Judicial Diversity Project was created in response to a 2009 Lawyers’ Committee & Justice at Stake report recommending urgent action to educate the public about the importance of diversity on the bench and to assist aspiring judges from underrepresented communities find their path to the bench.

Tonya Clay House, Assistant Dean Michelle Cofield, Dean Phyliss Craig-Taylor, President & Executive Director of The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Barbara Arnwine, Brenda Ford Harding