CARLISLE, Pennsylvania – Penn State Dickinson Law Dean and Donald J. Farage Professor of Law Danielle M. Conwayreceived the inaugural Impact Award from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) along with four other law school deans for the creation of the Deans of Law anti-racist clearinghouse project. Launched in June, the project is a webpage for law deans, professors and the public that contains resources and information related to anti-racism in law and legal education.
The AALS Executive Committee created the Impact Award this year to honor individuals or a group of individuals who have had a significant positive impact on legal education or the legal profession. As part of an online awards ceremony on Tuesday, January 5, 2021, Conway will be honored along with fellow Law School Deans and Project Contributors: Danielle Holley-Walker (Howard University School of Law), Kimberly Mutcherson ( Rutgers Law School), Angela Onwuachi-Willig (Boston University School of Law) and Carla D. Pratt (Washburn University School of Law).
âI applaud the ALS for helping me and my dean sisters realize our vision of responding to racism and violence with a collective voice as deans of black women’s rights,â said Conway . âAs has been the tradition of black women’s advocates and community leaders, we used our collective voice and shared experiences to organize the Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse project. I am strengthened by our fellowship.
âThe AALS thanks these five law school leaders for establishing the Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse and is delighted to honor their efforts with the inaugural AALS Impact Award,â said Darby Dickerson, President of the AALS and Dean of UIC John Marshall Law School. âThese remarkable women conceptualized and created this step-by-step guide to help law schools develop a sustainable anti-racism agenda and provide resources and steps for each phase of the process. Considering the impact of the project, they are the perfect first recipients.
âThe five extraordinary deans who receive this award acted decisively at a time that demanded a meaningful response from all of us in the area of ââlegal education,â said Vince Rougeau, President-elect of the AALS and Dean of Boston College Law School. âBy bringing these resources together, they have provided their colleagues with a wonderful set of materials to support our work in building an anti-racist future for our law schools, our profession and our society.â
The Association of American Law Schools (AALS), founded in 1900, is a non-profit association of 176 member and 17 fee-paying law schools. Its members enroll most of the country’s law students and form the majority of the country’s lawyers and judges, as well as many of its legislators. The mission of the AALS is to maintain and advance excellence in legal education. In support of this mission, the AALS promotes the core values ââof excellence in teaching and scholarship, academic freedom and diversity, including diversity of backgrounds and perspectives, while seeking to improve the legal profession, promote justice and serve its many communities – local, national and international.