Integrating Doctrine & Diversity Speaker Series: Making Changes, Making Mistakes

- Virtual Program (Zoom Webinar)Open to the PublicRegistration Required

This event is co-sponsored by Roger Williams University School of Law, City University of New York School of Law, and JURIST.

3:30 - 4:30 PM EST - Zoom Webinar

Drawing upon the experience of faculty from across the country, Integrating Doctrine and Diversity is a collection of essays with practical advice, written by faculty for faculty, on specific ways to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion into the law school curriculum. Chapters will focus on subjects traditionally taught in the first-year curriculum (Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Legal Writing, Legal Research, Property, Torts) and each chapter will also include a short annotated bibliography curated by a law librarian. With submissions from over 40 scholars, the collection is the first of its kind to offer reflections, advice and specific instruction on how to integrate issues of diversity and inclusions into first-year doctrinal courses.

In 2021, RWU Law began sponsoring an ongoing Integrating Doctrine & Diversity Speaker Seriesin collaboration with CUNY School of Law and JURIST. Each previous installment has been attended by hundreds of legal education professionals from across the country.

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Making Changes, Making Mistakes

What should law professors do (and not do) when they make a mistake or a comment that is racist/sexist/homophobic/classist/ableist or otherwise offensive in the law school classroom? This installment of the Integrating Doctrine & Diversity Speaker Series will be led by professors (and a law student) who are engaging in this work successfully. They will talk about their scholarship and the right strategies to employ when mistakes are made.

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Meet the Speakers

Tiffany C. Graham

Tiffany C. Graham is an Associate Professor of Law and the Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She joined the law school after serving for six years on the faculty and as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of South Dakota School of Law. Professor Graham primarily teaches in the areas of constitutional law and race and the law, but has also taught criminal procedure, law and sexuality, and torts. She has written and spoken nationally on topics broadly related to LGBTQ+ equality, including marriage equality, LGBTQ+ youth homelessness, conversion therapy, and the integration of LGBTQ+ communities in rural spaces. Her work has appeared in multiple law journals and has been cited at various stages of litigation.

In addition to her scholarly work, Professor Graham is active in the professional community, where she recently served as the Chair of the South Dakota State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and now serves on the corresponding New York State Advisory Committee. Professor Graham has recently joined the Boards of Directors for both Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York and the Family Service League of Suffolk County. She has also served on various boards of directors and fulfilled an appointment to the Magistrate Judge Selection Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

A graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and the University of Virginia School of Law, she previously served as a federal law clerk on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and did commercial litigation in the Los Angeles office of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver and Hedges, LLP. Professor Graham was named a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in 2014.

D.O. Malagrino

D.O. Malagrinò joined the faculty of Southwestern Law School in 2021 as a Visiting Professor of Law to teach Property, Wills, Trusts & Estates, and Land Use. Professor Malagrinò is a tenured, full Professor of Law (on leave) from the Charleston School of Law. Professor Malagrinò is licensed to practice law in the state courts of California and in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California.

Amanda Reis

Amanda Reis is a 3L student at Roger Williams School of Law, where she is a member of the honors program and serves as the Executive Notes & Comments Editor on the Roger Williams University Law Review. Amanda is currently a student practitioner with the Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts. She plans to work in public defense upon graduating this May.


Nicole P. Dyszlewski

Nicole P. Dyszlewski is one of the editors of Integrating Doctrine and Diversity: Inclusion and Equity in the Law School Classroom. She currently serves as the Head of Reference, Instruction, and Engagement at the RWU Law Library and as an adjunct professor. She received a B.A. from Hofstra University, a J.D. from Boston University School of Law, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She is a member of the Massachusetts State Bar and the Rhode Island State Bar. Her areas of interest are mass incarceration, access to justice, and systems of race and gender inequality in law. Nicole was the 2020 recipient of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Volunteer Service Award and the 2015 recipient of the AALL Emerging Leader Award.