Faculty and Students Launch Law & Inequality Project [video]
Published: October 1, 2007

Law & Inequality Project  Launch, Oct. 1, 2007 from Widener Law on Vimeo.

On Monday, October 1st, students and faculty attended a launch event for the Law & Inequality Project to discuss what the Widener Law School community can do to address economic and societal inequities. Dean Linda Ammons opened the program with a short address before turning the proceedings over to Professor Erin Daly, who introduced the rest of the faculty members behind the Law & Inequality Project; Susan Goldberg, Robert Hayman, Mary Ellen Maatman, Nathaniel Nichols, Judy Ritter, Arlene Rivera-Finkelstein, Serena Williams, and Daniel Atkins.

Professors Hayman and Atkins led a revealing did you know session that illustrated economic, educational, and healthcare disparities in the United States. Illuminating statistics demonstrated that minority families are more likely to be living in poverty, that minorities and women earn significantly less on average, and that the United States has disturbingly large income inequality. A short movie criticizing the Supreme Court's rulings in the Lilly Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. case and on the issue of voluntary desegregation in three school districts followed.

The faculty panel followed the conclusion of the video with an open discussion with the student audience about what issue should be the primary focus of the Inaugural Law & Inequality Project, and students were given a ballot to indicate their preference. Many students expressed a desire for further educational opportunities about inequality issues, including guest speakers and symposia, as well as a desire for well-delineated activities that would allow them to give aid at predetermined times. If you are interested in participating in the Law & Inequality Project but did not have time to attend the launch, please stop by the Law & Inequality Wiki to share your ideas or pick up one of the student ballots at the Public Interest Resource Center or visit the survey online.