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Law School fall webinar series on systemic racism in America

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The Law School is hosting a fall webinar series which explores whether existing policies and practices perpetuate racial inequities in American society. The series discusses issues of racial profiling, Afrocentric facial feature bias, and environmental harms. This series of live-streamed talks, which are free and open to the public, features Drake Law faculty and guests sharing their expertise about underlying structures that reinforce racism and oppression in our society.

“Working to dismantle systematic racism is a moral and ethical imperative for lawyers,” says Maura Strassberg, professor of law at Drake Law School and organizer of the lecture series. “In subtle and systematic ways, our existing structures of law operate to perpetuate inequality and oppression. Exposing the ways in which this occurs is the first step toward both acknowledging the systematic way racism has been worked into American society and recognizing what is required to truly achieve our fundamental commitments to equality, liberty and democratic governance.”

All lectures are held on Friday afternoons at 1 p.m. One hour of Iowa Continuing Legal Education credit has been approved for each lecture. Register or find more information.

Remaining webinars this fall:

Friday, Nov. 6: Environmental Justice
Jerry Anderson, dean, Drake Law School, and the Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law.

Friday, Nov. 13: Institutional Racism and the Food We Eat
Jennifer Zwagerman, director, Drake Agricultural Law Center

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