Diversity at UVA Law

Diversity at UVA Law

At Virginia, a rigorous and academically challenging education is paired with an environment in which all voices are heard and all views shared. Teamwork, cooperation, respect for different points of view, skilled communication and an understanding of varied perspectives and experiences are all an integral part of a profession that serves an increasingly diverse society. Related Student Organizations
 

Jansen VanderMeulen

Jansen VanderMeulen

Hometown

Burlington, Washington

Education

B.A. in philosophy, B.A. in Spanish, Washington State University

Manal Cheema

Manal Cheema

Hometown

Sharon, Massachusetts

Education

B.A. in political science, minor in cognitive sciences, Tufts University

Shruthi Prabhu

Shruthi Prabhu

Hometown

Plano, Texas

Education

B.A in Plan II Honors, minors in microbiology and government, University of Texas at Austin

Robbie Pomeroy

Robbie Pomeroy

Hometown

Weston, Florida

Education

B.A. in criminology, University of Florida

John Dao

John Dao

Hometown

Philadelphia

Education

B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology, Ursinus College

Toccara Nelson

Toccara Nelson

Hometown

Detroit

Education

B.A. in American culture, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Lena Al-Marzoog

Lena Al-Marzoog

Hometown

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Education

B.S., Georgetown University

Krista Alford

Krista Alford

Hometown

Dallas, Texas

Education

Conservation biology degree, Brigham Young University

Deitra Jones

Deitra Jones

Hometown

Atlanta

Education

B.S. in criminal justice, Georgia State University

Joe Charlet

Joe Charlet

Hometown

Cape Hatteras, North Carolina

Education

B.A. in classical civilization, Yale University

 

Krista Alford

Krista Alford '18


Hometown: Dallas, Texas 

Education: Conservation biology degree, Brigham Young University

Student organizations/extracurricular activities: Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Virginia Environmental Law Forum, Rex. E. Lee Law Society

What does diversity mean to you? To me, diversity means going against the grain. It means breaking down barriers and expectations in a way that leads to increased opportunities and learning for everyone. 

My voice at UVA Law was heard when… I felt comfortable going to my professor’s office to vent about career decisions. The professors at UVA are interested in more than just their research. They genuinely care about their students, and it has been a wonderful experience forming relationships with some of my professors during this past year. 

Advice for those considering applying to, or attending, UVA Law: Visit Charlottesville before making your decision about where to attend law school. I quickly fell in love with the town, the school and the atmosphere. Coming to Charlottesville during the admitted students weekend is a wonderful way to find out if UVA is the right fit for you.

The community spirit: I have never met a group of students that enjoy law school more than the students here at UVA, and I have never encountered more loyal alumni. Being a part of the UVA community is priceless, both in terms of creating lasting friendships and in becoming a part of a network that will support you during the course of your career.

Cordel Faulk

"The beauty of Virginia Law is it embraces diversity. The collegial atmosphere of the Law School is warm and welcoming to the many voices and life experiences that make this community strong. That serves students while they are here, and once they venture beyond Grounds."
-CORDEL FAULK '01, Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer

 

Diversity Pledge

Josephine Biemkpa '16 and Matt Haddadin '16 hold up the 2015 Diversity Pledge, an annual tradition in which students, faculty and staff pledge to honor the values of diversity.

 

Risa Goluboff

"As a scholar, I have spent much of my career studying the pernicious effects of discrimination, cultural isolation, and political polarization. What I have learned has made me deeply committed to diversity not as some abstract concept but as a way of life. Diversity is crucial for so many reasons: for establishing genuine dialogue across difference, for achieving true equality, for ensuring access for all to law school and the legal profession, and for maintaining a legal system that represents and mediates conflicts between differing interests, goals and perspectives."
-RISA GOLUBOFF, Dean