Community Days II

april 2021

fri16apr10:00 am3:00 pmCommunity Days II

Community Days Law in Context

Event Details

New York Law School will host a Community Days II program for all upper-level students on Friday, April 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and Tuesday, April 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The purpose of Community Days is to provide an opportunity for the NYLS community to reflect on the evolution of the law and legal practice in the context of racism, race, and inequality, and to examine the source of the structural injustices affecting our country.


Preparation for Day 1

Students are asked to watch the Bryan Stevenson documentary True Justice and to read “Implicit Bias in the Courtroom”. The assignments can be found on Blackboard.


10:00 a.m.–10:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks

Anthony W. Crowell, Dean and President

10:10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion: On the History of Race and the Law in America

Asim Rehman, Chief of Staff, New York City Law Department and Adjunct Professor of Law, NYLS

Lenni B. Benson, Distinguished Chair in Immigration and Human Rights Law, NYLS
William P. LaPiana, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Engagement and Rita and Joseph Solomon Professor of Wills, Trusts, and Estates, NYLS
Edward A. Purcell, Jr., Joseph Solomon Distinguished Professor of Law, NYLS

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Break-Out Session

Facilitated by NYLS Faculty and Administration

12:30 p.m.–12:50 p.m.

12:50 p.m.–2:10 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Race and Gender Bias in the Courtroom and the Profession

Hon. Carolyn Walker-Diallo ’03, Acting Supreme Court Justice and Supervising Judge, New York City Civil Court, Kings County

Andrew Scherer, Visiting Associate Professor of Law and Policy Director, Impact Center for Public Interest Law, NYLS
Katherine E. Smith ’07, Owner, The Law Office of Katherine E. Smith and Adjunct Professor of Law, NYLS
Errol B. Taylor ’87, Partner, Milbank LLP and Member of the Board of Trustees, NYLS

2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
Break-Out Session

Facilitated by NYLS Faculty and Administration