Texas Tech Law hosted its annual Diversity Week to celebrate the importance of diversity and inclusion March 4-7, 2019. Students, faculty, and staff gathered throughout the week to hear from great speakers presenting on a variety of topics on diversity in the legal profession.
On Monday, March 4, the Honorable Victoria Pratt kicked off the week discussing “Why What We Do Matters,” and her experience as a New Jersey judge. Judge Pratt has gained national and international acclaim for her commitment to reforming the criminal justice system. While presiding over Newark Community Solutions, the Community Court Program, she provided alternatives to jail to low-level offenders. These alternatives included community service, individual and group counseling sessions, and her signature assignment of introspective essays.
On Tuesday, March 5, a terrific panel of spoke about practicing law as a woman attorney. Panelists Judge Ann-Marie Carruth ’06, Joanna Harkey ’84, Elizabeth Hill ’12, and Laura Pratt ’09 shared personal experiences and advice.
The State Bar of Texas Minority Students Association presented a Judge Panel on Wednesday entitled “Would Peggy Sue Approve? How Does Texas Stack Up on Diversity & Gender Equity on the Bench?”
The successful week of events culminated with the first annual Diversity Awards Banquet. This year’s Diversity Student Honorees were Brianna Argueta ’19 and Melissa Reyes ‘19.