EdUp Legal Podcast, Episode 44: Conversation with Verna L. Williams
EdUp Legal Podcast with Host Patty Roberts
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Learn more about Verna L. Williams, Dean and Nippert Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati School of Law, who calls herself "an accidental dean" given her 18-year tenure as a faculty member at the College of Law before assuming the leadership post in 2019. Prior to joining the faculty and becoming co-director of the College's Judge Nathaniel Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, she was Vice President and Director of Educational Opportunities at the National Women's Law Center, focusing on gender equity in education, successfully arguing before the United States Supreme Court the case of Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, which established that educational institutions must respond to and address complaints of student-to-student sexual harassment. Dean Williams discussed the beautiful new building that will house the School of Law and their new Master of Legal Studies that debuted in January 2022. She shared the social justice mission of the law school, and their significant clinic offerings, including those focused on Legal Access, Indigent Defense, Domestic Violence and Protection Orders, Entrepreneurship and Community Development, Innocence, Patent and Trademark, and cases actively pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Dean Williams also provided a candid glimpse into her friendship with her 1L Moot Court partner at Harvard Law School, and the role she played in chronicling that partner's life as First Lady of the United States, someone we all know as Michelle Obama.
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EdUp Legal, podcast, Dean Patty Roberts, St. Mary's University School of Law, legal education, legal scholarship, law professor, Verna L. Williams, University of Cincinnati School of Law, accidental dean, Judge Nathaniel Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, National Women's Law Center, gender equity in education, United States Supreme Court, Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education, student-to-student sexual harassment, social justice mission, clinical education, Indigent Defense, Domestic Violence and Protection Orders, Entrepreneurship and Community Development, Patent and Trademark, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Michelle Obama
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