May 26 2020

COVID-19 and the Path to the Profession: Is a Legal Career Still the Right Choice? Opportunities for Diverse Lawyers and Why Diversity Matters

ABA Webinar Series

May 26, 2020

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM







Both law schools and the legal profession are facing a number of changes as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This, coupled with the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, persons with disabilities, and low-income communities, has left some diverse law students and those contemplating law school in the future, to ask: is a legal career still the right choice for me? The session panelists will discuss the special challenges facing diverse students; why students from diverse communities should still consider law school; and how COVID-19 has highlighted the need for increased inclusion in the legal profession. Finally, the panelists will discuss spaces where professional opportunity is likely to expand post-COVID, and provide resources to assist students in the pipeline to the legal profession manage the current crisis.


  • Gretchen Bellamy – Senior Director for Education, Operations and Initiatives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Rodney Fong – Associate Dean for Academic Achievement, Program Assessment & Bar Preparation, UIC John Marshall Law School
  • Fe LopezGaetke – Director of Educational Equity Initiatives, Law School Admission Council
  • Judge Dean Lum – Assistant Presiding Judge, King County, Washington
  • John Pierre – Chancellor, Southern University Law Center


Matt Archer-Beck, Chair, ABA Council for Diversity in the Educational Pipeline

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Gisele Joachim

Date posted

May 22, 2020

Date updated

May 22, 2020