Texas Tech Law hosted its annual Diversity Week to celebrate the importance of diversity. Faculty, staff, and students gathered throughout the week to hear from great speakers presenting on a variety of topics in diversity in the legal profession.
A panel discussion with the “San Antonio Four” kicked off Diversity Week on Monday, March 6. Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera, and Anna Vasquez were convicted in the late 1990s of aggravated sexual assault. They had recently come out as lesbians and prosecutors used their sexuality as a motive. They spent nearly 15 years in prison before being exonerated. The exonerees and their attorney, Mr. Michael Ware, spoke about their story and its legal implications.
That evening students gathered to watch “Southwest of Salem,” the documentary film about the San Antonio Four, and their incredible story. The film screening was followed by a panel-style Q & A.
On March 7, Daniel D. Hu, the Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas, spoke about Department of Justice career paths, and current civil initiatives facing the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The successful and well-attended week of events culminated with a panel discussion on how religious practice and faith (or lack thereof) inform a lawyer’s legal practice. The panel of faith-diverse attorneys Noaman Azhar (’07), Fernando Bustos (’97), Carrie Harris (’14), and Robert Sullivan (’12) discussed how their personal faiths affect their practice of the law.