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

Friday/Saturday, September 8-9, 2023

In-person at Seattle University School of Law

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), the Seattle University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the King County Bar Association.


Friday, September 8, 2023
Time Event
8:00 a.m. Registration/Hosted Continental Breakfast and Cafecito
8:30 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

  • Eduardo Peñalver, President, Seattle University
  • Viveca Burnette, 3L, Symposium Chair, Seattle University Law Review
8:45-10:30 a.m.

Commemorating the SALT C.A.R.E. (Communities Affirming Real Equality) 25th Anniversary: Academic Activism and Acting Affirmatively


  • Steven Bender, Seattle University


  • Sumi Cho, African American Policy Forum
  • Olympia Duhart, Nova Southeastern University, SALT Co-President
  • Allyson Gold, Wake Forest University, SALT Co-President
  • Margaret Montoya, University of New Mexico
  • Frank Valdes, University of Miami
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Jurisprudence Under and After SFFA: Where it Stands, Where it Might Extend


  • Vinay Harpalani, University of New Mexico


  • Danieli Evans, Seattle University School of Law
  • Jonathan Feingold, Boston University
  • Jeff Hoagland, Judicial Clerk, New Mexico Court of Appeals
  • Reginald Oh, Cleveland-Marshall
  • Steven Ramirez, Loyola University Chicago
  • Erika Wilson, University of North Carolina
12:30-1:00 p.m. Hosted Lunch Service (pick up box lunch for next session)
1:00-2:45 p.m.

National Lessons from the Frontlines in California, Washington, the Hopwood Era, and Beyond: Navigating Local Constitutional Restrictions


  • Deirdre Bowen, Seattle University


  • Mario Barnes, UC Irvine
  • Darren Hutchinson, Emory University
  • Rachel Moran, Texas A&M University
  • Kimberly West-Faulcon, Loyola Los Angeles
2:45-3:00 p.m. Break
3:00-4:30 p.m.

Religious Freedom and Diversity Missions: Insights from Jesuit Law Deans


  • Anthony E. Varona, Seattle University


  • Michèle Alexandre, Loyola University Chicago
  • Michael J. Kaufman, Santa Clara University
  • Madeleine M. Landrieu, Loyola University New Orleans
4:30-7:00 p.m.

Hosted Reception/Dinner

Keynote Presentation

  • Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean and Ryan Roth Gallo & Ernest J. Gallo Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law


  • Natasha Martin, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Seattle University

Introduction of Vice President Martin and Opening Remarks

  • Dontay Proctor-Mills ’23 Seattle University School of Law
Saturday, September 9, 2023
Time Event
8:30 a.m. Hosted Continental Breakfast and Cafecito
8:50 a.m.

Welcoming Remarks

  • Tony Varona, Dean, Seattle University School of Law
  • Ariel Archie, 2L, BLSA President, Seattle University School of Law
9:00-11:15 a.m.

Insights Going Forward from Black Law Deans on Diversity and Race-Consciousness


  • Eboni Nelson, University of Connecticut


  • Nicky Boothe Perry, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Marcilynn Burke, University of Oregon
  • Tamara Lawson, University of Washington
  • Camille Nelson, University of Hawai‘i
11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Hosted Lunch (courtesy of Michigan State University)


  • Linda Greene, Dean and MSU Foundation Professor of Law, Michigan State University (and SALT President at the time of the C.A.R.E. March)

Introduction of Dean Greene

  • Ashley Raines, 2L, BLSA Treasurer and VP of Communications, Seattle University School of Law
  • Jacob Simmons, 3L, Editor in Chief, Seattle University Law Review
12:15-2:30 p.m.

Closing Roundtable: Strategizing Responses and Next Steps to Ensure Diversity in Education and Law


  • Steven Bender, Seattle University


  • Sheldon Bernard Lyke, Loyola University Chicago
  • Meera Deo, Southwestern School of Law
  • Kim Forde-Mazrui, University of Virginia
  • Marc-Tizoc González, University of New Mexico
  • Lucy Jewell, University of Tennessee
  • Shakira Pleasant, University of Illinois Chicago
  • Darren Rosenblum, McGill University
2:30-2:45 p.m. Break
2:45-4:00 p.m.

San Antonio v. Rodriguez: Closing the Doors of Education Equality at Both Ends


  • Ediberto Roman, Florida International University


  • Raquel Aldana, UC Davis
  • Craig Jackson, Texas Southern University — Thurgood Marshall School of Law
  • Stella Emery Santana, FAESA (Brazil)
4:00-4:10 p.m. Break
4:10-5:20 p.m.

DEI Director Perspectives


  • Kristin DiBiase, Seattle University


  • Jermaine Cruz, Albany Law School
  • Akita Mungaray, University of Southern California
  • Additional panelists TBA
5:30-7:00 p.m. Speaker’s Reception

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