Going Forward: The Role of Affirmative Action, Race, and Diversity in University Admissions and the Broader Construction of Society

Seattle University School of Law (in-person)

September 8 and 9, 2023

Sponsored by the Seattle University Law Review, Black Law Student Association (Seattle University School of Law), Seattle University School of Law, the Berle Center (Seattle University School of Law), and the Seattle University Office of Diversity and Inclusion


Friday, September 8, 2023
Time Event
8:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast and Cafecito
8:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
8:45-10:30 a.m. Commemorating the SALT C.A.R.E. (Communities Affirming Real Equality) 25th Anniversary: Academic Activism and Acting Affirmatively (panel)
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Jurisprudence Post-SFFA: Where it Stands, Where it Might Extend (panel)
12:30-1:00 p.m. Lunch Service (pick up box lunch for next session)
1:00-2:45 p.m. National Lessons from the Frontlines in California, Washington, and Beyond: Navigating Local Constitutional Restrictions (panel)
2:45-3:00 p.m. Break
3:00-4:30 p.m. Religious Freedom and Diversity Missions: Insights from Jesuit Law Deans
4:30-6:00 p.m. Hosted Reception and Keynote Presentation
6:00 p.m. - and later Dinner on your own
Saturday, September 9, 2023
Time Event
8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Cafecito
9:00-11:15 a.m. Insights Going Forward from Black Law Deans on Diversity and Race-Consciousness (panel)
11:15-11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Roundtable: Strategizing Responses and Next Steps to Ensure Diversity in (and despite) Law
2:00 p.m. Affinity group/organization meetings and potential for lessons from medical school panel early afternoon, possible con law casebook reform panel, possible AALS Critical Theories section EC meeting

Hotel Accommodations

Silver Cloud Hotel Broadway (PDF)

The conference room rate is $229 nightly plus tax. See PDF above for booking information.


Steven Bender

Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Law