As the first law school in the country, William & Mary Law School must lead the way toward racial and social justice. We are committed to training citizen lawyers to lead in their communities, motivated by the desire for progress and by the knowledge that members of the legal profession have a special responsibility that comes with their degrees, no matter the field in which they work.
When I arrived at the Law School in 2020, I launched “Why We Can’t Wait – An Agenda for Equity and Justice,” a 12-part action plan for real and fundamental change. Building on the recommendations of the Law School’s 2019 Inclusion Task Force Report and on conversations with faculty, staff, students, and alumni, "Why We Can’t Wait" outlined necessary actions to further equity and justice for all.
Since 2020, we have accomplished many of the items on that agenda, as shown below, with others well under way. We cannot, however, be satisfied with progress but must consistently strive to make improvements within our communities, whether at the Law School or around the world. I invite you to explore those initiatives below and to revisit this page to learn more about new initiatives.
This is but a starting point, an important milestone in what Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., referred to as the “long stride towards freedom.” As Dr. King wrote, “The mere fact that we live in the United States means that we are caught in a network of inescapable mutuality. Therefore, no American can afford to be apathetic about the problem of racial justice.”
I welcome your ideas and feedback. Together, we will help craft our collective future so that William & Mary Law School faculty, staff, students, and alumni are recognized as advocates for change and leaders in the continued quest for social justice and inclusion.