Resources on Equity & Inclusion: An Annotated Bibliography

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General Guidance on Equity and Inclusion

Anastasia M. Boles, Seeking Inclusion from the Inside Out: Towards a Paradigm of Culturally Proficient Legal Education, 11 Charleston L. Rev. 209 (2017).
Explains the concept of “cultural proficiency” and how we can use it to create a more inclusive law school environment.

Kevin R. Johnson, The Importance of Student and Faculty Diversity in Law Schools: One Dean’s Perspective, 96 Iowa L. Rev. 1549 (2011).
Describes the benefits that diversity can bring to legal education and scholarship.

Vernā A. Myers, Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go from Well-Meaning to Well-Doing (2011).
Written for the legal community, this book provides an introduction to diversity and inclusion, plus guidance on cultural competence, bias, privilege, and allyship.
Publisher’s description
KF300 .M94 2011 (law library stacks)

Vernā A. Myers, What if I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People (2013).
This short and accessible guide introduces us to 25 simple steps for creating a more inclusive environment.
Publisher's description
KF300 .M944 2013 (law library stacks)

Bias and Microaggressions

Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do (2019).
Explains how unconscious bias affects our perception, attention, memory, and behavior, and demonstrates its impact on education, employment, housing, and criminal justice. Offers practical suggestions for organizations and individuals on how to address unconscious bias.
Publisher’s description
BF575 .P9 E34 2019 (law library stacks)

Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law (Justin D. Levinson & Robert J. Smith eds. 2012).
Explores how hidden biases shape different areas of the law, including IP law, corporate law, torts, and property law.
Publisher's description
KF384 .I48 2012 (law library stacks)

Charisse C. Levchak, Microaggressions and Modern Racism: Endurance and Evolution (2018).
Explores the causes, manifestations, and consequences of microaggressions, with a focus on higher education, workplaces, and the media.
Publisher’s description
BF575 .A3 L48 2018 (law library stacks)

Microaggression Theory: Influence and Implications (Gina C. Torino et al eds. 2019).
“In Microaggression Theory, the original research team that created the microaggressions taxonomy . . . address[es] these issues head-on in a fascinating work that explores the newest findings of microaggressions in their sociopolitical context.” – from the publisher

Howard J. Ross, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives (2014).
Intended for a broad audience, this book explains unconscious bias and how we can learn to minimize it.
Publisher’s description
BF575 .P9 R67 2014 (law library stacks)


Cornell Health, Ally Up! Practice Effective Allyship (September 2019).
This short guide provides tips on how to operate in solidarity with and advocate for the rights and well-being of diverse groups of people.

Intercultural Competence

The Ethics of Cultural Competence in Higher Education (Beverly A. Burnell & Heidi Schnackenberg eds. 2015).
Guidance on interacting with diverse cultures for instructors and administrators in higher education.

Neil Hamilton & Jeff Maleska, Helping Students Develop Affirmative Evidence of Cross-Cultural Competency, 19 Scholar: St. Mary's L. Rev. on Race & Social Justice 187 (2017).
Explains the importance of teaching intercultural competence to law students and describes curricular efforts at four law schools.

Intercultural Competence in Higher Education: International Approaches, Assessment and Application (Darla K. Deardorff & Lily A. Arasaratnam-Smith eds. 2017).
Focuses on improving learning outcomes for international students.

Gender Identity

Laura Erickson-Schroth & Laura A. Jacobs, "You're in the Wrong Bathroom!" and 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People (2017).
Unpacks the most common myths and misconceptions about transgender and gender-nonconforming people, bringing together medical, social, psychological, and political aspects.
Publisher's description
HQ77.9 .E74 2017 (law library stacks)

Eris Young, They/Them/Their: A Guide to Nonbinary and Genderqueer Identities (2019).
“Drawing on the author’s own experiences as a nonbinary person, as well as interviews and research, They/Them/Their shares common experiences and challenges faced by those who are nonbinary, and what friends, family and other cisgender people can do to support them.” –from the back cover
Publisher's description
HQ77.9 Y67 2020 (law library stacks)

Creating an Inclusive Environment for Students

American Council on Education, Speaking Truth and Acting with Integrity: Confronting Challenges of Campus Racial Climate (2018).
Lessons and insights on how to address racist incidents on college campuses.

Lucy Barnard-Brak, DeAnn Lechtenberger & William Y. Lan, Accommodation Strategies of College Students with Disabilities, 15 Qualitative Rep. 411 (2010).
Explains the perspective and experiences of students who request accommodations.

Nancy Chi Cantalupo, And Even More of Us Are Brave: Intersectionality & Sexual Harassment of Women Students of Color, 42 Harv. J. L. & Gender 1 (2019).
Presents evidence that women of color in higher education report sexual harassment at disproportionately high rates, and explores the importance of intersectionality in understanding the impact of harassment and violence.

Leslie P. Culver, White Doors, Black Footsteps: Leveraging "White Privilege" to Benefit Law Students of Color, 21 J. Gender Race & Justice 37 (2017).
Calls for more mentoring relationships between white faculty members and students of color.

Meera E. Deo, Two Sides of a Coin: Safe Space & Segregation in Race/Ethnic-Specific Law Student Organizations, 42 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 83 (2013).
Investigates student perceptions of race/ethnic-specific law school student organizations. Concludes that such organizations may be necessary for creating safe spaces for otherwise marginalized students.

Chris Chambers Goodman & Sarah E. Redfield, A Teacher Who Looks Like Me, 27 J. Civ. Rights & Econ. Dev. 105 (2013).
Emphasizes the importance of faculty diversity in creating an inclusive environment for students.

NALP Foundation, Women of Color: A Study of Law School Experiences (2020).
Based on student surveys at 46 law schools nationwide, this report examines the challenges women of color navigate in law school and how their law school experiences impact their legal careers.

Alice Pettway, Law Schools Innovate to Recruit and Retain Underrepresented Students, Insight Into Diversity (June 26, 2017).
Examines the student recruitment efforts of law schools at UCLA and the University of Hawaii.

Power, Legal Education, and Law School Cultures (Meera E. Deo, Mindie Lazarus-Black & Elizabeth Mertz eds. 2019).
Challenges assumptions about law student success and examines inequities in legal education.
Publisher's description
K100 .P69 2020 (law library stacks)

Laura Rothstein, Forty Years of Disability Policy in Legal Education and the Legal Profession: What Has Changed and What Are the New Issues?, 22 Am U. J. Gender & Soc. Pol’y 519 (2014).
Offers an in-depth examination of the disability policies of the ABA, AALS, LSAC, and NBBE. Identifies areas where additional attention is needed and offers recommendations for best practices.

Hiring Diverse Faculty and Staff

American Association of Law Schools, Recruitment and Retention of Minority Law Faculty Members, in AALS Handbook: Statement of Good Practices (July 12, 2017).
Provides detailed recommendations on how law schools can improve faculty recruitment and retention efforts.

Guido Calabresi, Developing Appropriate Standards for Achieving Diversity in Faculty Appointments, 87 Fordham L. Rev. 959 (2018).
Discusses a wide range of diverse attributes to consider in hiring law faculty, with specific recommendations for best practices.

Kevin R. Johnson, How and Why We Built a Majority-Minority Faculty, Chronicle of Higher Education, July 24, 2016.
The Dean of UC Davis Law School explains how and why his school built a diverse faculty.

Abigail J. Stewart & Virginia Valian, Recruiting Diverse and Excellent New Faculty, Inside Higher Ed, July 19, 2018.
Explains how search committees can attract a broad and diverse pool of candidates.

Kellye Y. Testy, Best Practices for Hiring and Retaining a Diverse Law Faculty, 96 Iowa L. Rev. 1707 (2011).
Specific recommendations on how to achieve a racially diverse law faculty.

Alina Tugend, How Serious Are You About Diversity Hiring?, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2018.
An in-depth look at efforts to improve diversity in hiring at a wide range of institutions in higher education.

Equity and Inclusion for Faculty and Staff

Robert S. Chang & Adrienne D. Davis, Making Up Is Hard to Do: Race/Gender/Sexual Orientation in the Law School Classroom, 33 Harv. J.L. & Gender 1 (2010).
In an exchange of letters, two law professors (one an Asian-American man and the other an African-American woman) share their experiences with bias in the law school environment. The piece concludes with suggestions for creating a more inclusive environment.

Meera E. Deo, A Better Tenure Battle: Fighting Bias in Teaching Evaluations, 31 Columbia J. Gender & Law 7 (2015).
Illustrates the biases against women of color in student teaching evaluations and recommends improved methods of teaching evaluation.

Meera E. Deo, Unequal Profession: Race and Gender in Legal Academia (2019).
"Unequal Profession is the first intersectional, empirical investigation into how race and gender affect law professors' lives. Meera E. Deo examines hiring, teaching, tenure, and more, bringing the experiences of diverse faculty to life while proposing mechanisms to increase diversity and improve legal education." –from the back cover
Publisher's description
KF272 .D47 2019 (law library stacks).

Feminism and Intersectionality in Academia: Women's Narratives and Experiences in Higher Education (Stephanie Anne Shelton, Jill Ewing Flynn & Tanetha Jamay Grosland eds. 2018).
“This edited volume explores the diversities and complexities of women’s experiences in higher education. Its emphasis on personal narratives provides a forum for topics not typically found in in print, such as mental illness, marital difficulties, and gender identity. The intersectional narratives afford typically disenfranchised women opportunities to share experiences in ways that de-center standard academic writing, while simultaneously making these stories accessible to a range of readers, both inside and outside higher education.” – from the publisher

Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia (Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs ed. 2012).
“[A] pathbreaking account of the intersecting roles of race, gender, and class in the working lives of women faculty of color. Through personal narratives and qualitative empirical studies, more than 40 authors expose the daunting challenges faced by academic women of color as they navigate the often hostile terrain of higher education, including hiring, promotion, tenure, and relations with students, colleagues, and administrators.” – from the publisher

Diverse Guest Speakers and Panels

Michigan Tech Diversity Council, 10 Tips on How to Organize and Promote Diverse, Inclusive Panels and Keynotes (Nov. 8, 2018).
In addition to practical tips for organizers, there are a few tips on how speakers and attendees can promote diversity and inclusion.

Sarah Milstein, Putting an End to Conferences Dominated by White Men, Harvard Business Review (Jan. 23, 2014).
Nine tips for organizers on how to make your speaker events more diverse.

Techniques for More Inclusive Teaching

Margalynne Armstrong & Stephanie Wildman, Teaching Race/Teaching Whiteness: Transforming Colorblindness to Color Insight, 86 N.C. L. Rev. 635 (2008).
Suggests that law faculty should teach about racism and white privilege in first-year law courses, and shares advice on how to approach these challenging subjects.

Sean Darling-Hammond & Kristen Holmquist, Creating Wise Classrooms to Empower Diverse Law Students: Lessons in Pedagogy from Transformative Law Professors, 25 Berkeley La Raza L.J. 1 (2015).
Provides examples of how create a more inclusive classroom environment, based on successful efforts at UC Berkeley Law School.

Johanna K.P. Dennis, Ensuring a Multicultural Educational Experience in Legal Education: Start with the Legal Writing Classroom, 16 Tex. Wesleyan L. Rev. (2010).
Examines how eight different law schools are approaching multicultural education, followed by the author’s own suggestions on how to introduce multicultural topics into the first-year curriculum.

Paula Gerber & Claerwen O'Hara, Teaching Law Students About Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status Within Human Rights Law: Seven Principles for Curriculum Design and Pedagogy, 68 J. Leg. Educ. 416 (2019).
Provides curricular and pedagogical guidance for incorporating sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex status into courses on human rights law.

Jeannie Suk Gersen, The Socratic Method in the Age of Trauma, 130 Harv. L. Rev. 2320 (2017).
Prof. Gersen defends the continuing value of the Socratic Method, while acknowledging problems it may present for some students. She shares her approach for making her teaching more equitable and inclusive.

Julie Spanbauer, Using a Cultural Lens in the Law School Classroom to Stimulate Self-Assessment, 48 Gonz. L. Rev. 365 (2013).
Offers examples of how instructors can engage with the diverse cultural perspectives of today’s law students.

Bonny L. Tavares, Changing the Construct: Promoting Cross-Cultural Conversations in the Law School Classroom, 67 J. Legal Educ. 211 (2017).
Suggests how law school faculty can help law students improve their intercultural competence.

Lois A. Yamauchi, Kazufumi Taira & Tracy Trevorrow, Effective Instruction for Engaging Culturally Diverse Students in Higher Education, 28 Int'l J. Teaching & Learning in Higher Ed. 463 (2016).
Describes how three university instructors applied new strategies of instruction to better engage culturally diverse students.

Diversity in the Legal Profession

ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Out and About: The LGBT Experience in the Legal Profession (2015).
LGBTQ attorneys, law professors, and jurists share their experiences in the legal profession, with the goal of promoting inclusivity.
Publisher’s description
KF3467.5 .O938 2015 (law library stacks)

Diversity in Practice: Race, Gender, and Class in Legal and Professional Careers (Spencer Headworth et al. eds. 2016).
Examines issues of race, gender, and class in the U.S. and U.K. legal professions.
Publisher’s description
K120 .D58 2016 (law library stacks)

Bryant G. Garth & Joyce S. Sterling, Diversity, Hierarchy, and Fit in Legal Careers: Insights from Fifteen Years of Qualitative Interviews, 31 Geo. J. Leg. Ethics 123 (2018).
Based on interviews with over 200 lawyers over 15 years, this article examines the evolving impact of race, gender, and class in lawyers’ career trajectories.

Liane Jackson, Minority Women Are Disappearing from BigLaw--and Here's Why, ABA Journal, March 1, 2016.
Discusses the challenges that women of color face at large law firms, and offers suggestions on how firms can improve the working environment.

Raising the Bar: Diversifying Big Law (Anthony C. Thompson ed. 2019).
Through interviews with minority partners and law firm diversity coordinators, this book explores how law firms can improve retention of minority lawyers and provides advice for young lawyers of color on how to succeed in the legal profession.
Publisher’s description
KF318 .R25 2019 (law library stacks)

Deborah L. Rhode, From Platitudes to Priorities: Diversity and Gender Equity in Law Firms, 24 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 1041 (2011).
Identifies law firms’ shortfalls in achieving diversity, examines the reasons for lack of progress, and proposes strategies for improvement.

Updated by Paul Hellyer
July 2020