Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion at Texas Law
At Texas Law, we are committed to fostering an academic and professional community that values diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion, and equity. On this page, we aim to provide our students, faculty, and staff with extensive resources related to diversity, equity, access and inclusion.
At the University of Texas School of Law, we take pride in providing a supportive and welcoming environment for students from every background. We are the flagship public law school for one of the most diverse states in the nation, yet with that comes an acute awareness of our role in history. In the middle of the 20th century, we had to be sued to desegregate. The plaintiff in the lawsuit, Heman Sweatt, is now a hero in our school’s history, and he along with others paved the way for law students from all backgrounds to pursue a legal education. For this and many other reasons, the fight against injustice is a deeply felt part of our mission. Over our doors are etched the words: “that they may truly and impartially administer justice.” Our school views every instance of racial violence and discrimination as a grave affront to that mission, and we are committed to producing lawyers who lead the fight for justice under law in this and all other respects.
Our commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is led by Professor Shavonne Henderson, Director of Student Inclusion and Equity. But carrying out this charge is not the job of any one member of our staff. It is the shared work of everyone in our community – every faculty member, every staff member, and every student. We are all thinking – we must all be thinking always – about how we can make ourselves part of the solution to the racial challenges that confront our nation, our state, and our school. We must ask ourselves at all times what we can do to ensure that everyone who works or studies here feels recognized, supported, and valued by all others. The work of ensuring justice starts at home, and it begins again every day.
Torres Receives Innovations in Equal Justice Award
In 2020, Betty Balli Torres (’85) was appointed to three American Bar Association (ABA) positions – serving as chair to the ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, special advisor to the ABA Commission on Immigration, and as a member of the ABA’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion.
Professor Tracy McCormack ('86), the longtime director of Texas Law’s award-winning Advocacy Programs, is now using her skills as a volunteer for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, teaching judges and prosecutors in several African countries.
For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 1L Bola Ibidapo, Student Bar Representative and member of the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society! Read more
For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 2L Sheela Ranganathan, Human Rights Scholar at the Rapoport Center, Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, and Co-Founder of Law Students for Black Lives! Read more
For this edition of Texas Law’s Student Spotlight series, meet 2L Anthony Collier, Chair of the National Black Law Students Association, the largest student-run nonprofit in the nation! Read more