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Vermont Law School to Host Symposium Addressing Racial Disparities in Legal Preparedness and Employment

Wednesday, February 16, 2022


VLS’s annual Race and the Law event to take place virtually Feb. 19 

SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt. (Feb. 16, 2022) - The Black Law Students Association at Vermont Law School will address racial disparities in legal preparedness and employment during its annual Race and the Law Symposium.

The virtual symposium will take place Saturday, Feb. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pre-registration is required to attend. Visit VermontLaw.Info/RATL22 to register. 

The symposium will address the need for inclusion in the legal field, and make the case that lack of diversity is a growing issue that educators and employers need to address more consistently. The symposium will also focus on the importance of mentorship, true diversity and inclusion, and mental health in supporting the preparedness of Black legal scholars.

The symposium will feature three discussion panels: DE&I trends in the wake of racial injustice; Seeking mentorship in uncharted fields; and, Fortifying Black mental health: before, during, and after law school.

Delivering the keynote address will be Corey Stewart, the director of an early childhood center in St. Paul, Minn. Stewart was born in Chicago, and graduated from North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School as a Posse Scholar. He attended Carleton College where he nurtured his passion for educational reform. Upon graduation from Carleton College, he returned to Chicago to give back to the community that constructed his servant’s conscience. He taught for six years at Urban Prep College Preparatory High School, a public charter school for young men. Stewart continued his education by obtaining his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction. As an instructor he served as a positive model to both his students and colleagues and assisted his peers in developing critical curricula that would dramatically impact the realities of their students.