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Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multicultural Affairs and Professional Development

Marsha Ross-Jackson, Esq., Senior Lecturer and Assistant Dean
565 W. Adams St., Room 807
Chicago, IL 60661
P: (312) 906-5346
F: (312) 906-5280

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Diversity at IIT Chicago-Kent

The IIT Chicago-Kent community strongly believes that diversity is essential for a healthy and robust legal profession. The law school has been committed to fostering diversity in the legal profession since its inception more than 125 years ago. The first female student was a graduate of the class of 1891, and Ida Platt, the first African-American woman admitted to the bar in Illinois and the second black woman admitted to practice law in the United States, was a graduate of the Class of 1894. In 2013, Chicago-Kent was recognized by the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) for the law school's continuing commitment to diversifying the legal profession.

Today, our 738 J.D. students come from 36 states and 13 citizenship countries. Forty-nine percent of our students are women, and 31 percent are students of color. The law school attracts students with diverse backgrounds and interests, which is reflected in the approximately 50 student organizations that are active on campus each year. The Admissions Committee encourages applications from members of disadvantaged groups and encourages applications from participants in the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) program.

Chicago-Kent is committed to creating and fostering a diverse environment within the law school in order to provide the legal profession with the next generation of highly skilled lawyers from all types of gender, racial, ethnic, socio-economic, national and sexual orientation backgrounds. In pursuit of this mission, Chicago-Kent supports a wide array of initiatives involving the institution as a whole, the faculty and interested members of the student body. Some of these initiatives include:

  • support and sponsorship of legal scholarship and presentations on topics related to diversity and the law;
  • hiring of faculty with a diversity of backgrounds and views;
  • offering a variety of outstanding clinical programs that provide legal services to clients from diverse communities; and
  • funding for student organizations that support the law school's commitment to diversity and to serving students from diverse backgrounds.

Diversity and Equal Opportunity Statement

As a member of the Association of American Law Schools and in conformity with its bylaws, the faculty of Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, has adopted the following policy: Chicago-Kent College of Law provides equality of opportunity in legal education for all persons, including applicants for admission, enrolled students, and graduates, without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Please also see IIT's university-wide diversity statement.

Diversity Event Calendar

  • Feb27
  • Feb28

    How Will the New Presidency Impact International Law?

    How Will the New Presidency Impact International Law? Hosted by APALSA & ILSA.

    Reception to follow.

    • Travel Ban and Immigration Issues
    • Free Market and Trade War
    • Conflict of Interest with President Trump’s Businesses
    • Human Rights Policy
    • Nuclear and Environmental Issues

    Dr. James Nolt of NYU
    Dr. James H. Nolt is an adjunct associate professor at New York University. His core research interest is the influence of business, especially finance, on international relations. He has also published a number of articles about the Chinese military and the East Asian military balance. He is a regular reviewer for Publishers Weekly magazine. He has appeared on CBS News, CNN World News Asia, WebFN, and the syndicated PBS program Asian America, and at conferences in East Asia. He has been interviewed on numerous radio programs, including Newsweek on Air, and across Canada on the CBC Radio Network. Dr. Nolt recently lived in China for seven years as founding campus dean of a joint-venture college and later as an associate professor of management there. He has also taught on the New School University graduate and undergraduate faculty, Seton Hall University, and Vanderbilt University. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago and an M.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

    Dean Edward Harris of Chicago-Kent
    Dean Edward C. Harris is the assistant dean and associate professor for International LL.M. programs at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Dean Harris joined Chicago-Kent in 2004 after working as an associate for Schuyler, Roche & Zwirner PC, where he concentrated on international business transactions, primarily in general corporate and intellectual property matters. His current research interests include international intellectual property issues and issues concerning private actors under international law. He also co-authored an article suggesting certain reforms to U.S. securities laws that was published in the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law.

    Professor Bartram Brown of Chicago-Kent
    Professor Bartram S. Brown is professor of law and co-director of the Program in International and Comparative Law. Professor Brown is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International, USA. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the American Bar Association's Central and Eastern European Law Initiative (CEELI). He served as a law clerk at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and participated in the 1998 Rome Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court as Legal Advisor to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. In 1999 and 2000, he was a public member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. He has recently led or participated in human rights fact-finding missions to several countries including Haiti, Bahrain and Malawi. Professor Brown received his B.A. from Harvard University, his J.D. from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. At Columbia, he was managing editor of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. He has published a book on the law and politics of the World Bank, as well as articles on international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal tribunals, and international trade law.
  • Mar01

    Navigating Diversity Job Fairs

    Please join the Career Services Office and the Chicago-Kent Lambdas for “Navigating Diversity Job Fairs.” Learn about the many diversity job fairs available to Chicago-Kent students and hear from Chicago-Kent alumnus Michael Wilder '06, shareholder at Littler Mendelson, about application, resume and interview tips; and from student panelists who have attended diversity job fairs.
  • Mar02

    2017 Judges' Night

    Join the Hispanic Latino Law Student Association (HLLSA) for the 2017 Judges' Night. Mingle with Chicago-Kent alumni and students as well as Hispanic and Latino attorneys from throughout Chicago at a reception honoring the Honorable Maria Valdez for her contributions to the Latino community and the advancement of Latinos in the legal profession. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with networking over drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres, followed by a ceremony for Judge Valdez at 7:15 p.m.

    The Chicago-Kent Hispanic-Latino Law Students Association was founded in 1982. HLLSA actively seeks to increase opportunities for Hispanic students to attend law school, provide necessary support for their academic success, and assist students in becoming acclimated to the law school environment.