Recent Initiatives Fostering Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Updated February 2022


Faculty and Administrative Hiring

Admissions and Student Outreach

  • The Law School is launching a first-of-its-kind path to preparing first-generation and low-income undergraduate students to become competitive applicants to the nation’s leading law schools. The Roadmap Scholars Initiative will welcome its first cohost of scholars in summer 2022.
  • The Class of 2024, which began classes in August 2021, set new school records in diversity, with 36% identifying as people of color and 11% as LGBT.
  • The Admissions Office has expanded its efforts to recruit a diverse class of students, including increased attendance at HBCU pre-law conferences, networking events in partnership with pipeline programs, undergraduate affinity group panels and other virtual events aimed at recruiting candidates historically underrepresented in law schools and the legal profession.
  • The Admissions team has collaborated with law student affinity groups to expand its outreach to prospective and admitted students.
  • The Law School has raised $1,000,000 for the Elaine R. Jones ’70 Scholarship fund since its launch in summer 2020, as well as funds for additional scholarships that foster diversity and support students interested in careers in racial justice.

Structured Opportunities for Learning and Discussion

Clinical and Scholarly Contributions to Racial Justice

New Digital Resources

Alumni Relations and Fundraising

  • The Law School Foundation has expanded its programming targeted to diverse alumni, including inaugural BLSA Law Alumni Weekend programming during virtual reunions in May 2021 and beyond, and a Black UVA Law Alumni virtual event in March 2021.
  • The Foundation has also prioritized fundraising for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives as part of the school’s ongoing capital campaign. Some recent examples include the Carlos M. Brown ’99 and Tamara A. Charity-Brown, M.D., Bicentennial Scholarship and the F. Blair Wimbush Bicentennial Scholarship.

Historic Landscape and Representation

  • The Law School has commissioned a portrait of Elaine Jones ’70 in honor of the 50th anniversary of her graduation. When completed, it will hang in Clay Hall alongside portraits of UVA and UVA Law’s first Black student, Gregory H. Swanson ’51; the Virginia Supreme Court’s first Black justice, John Charles Thomas ’75; the Law School’s first female graduate, Elizabeth Tompkins ’23; and recent deans of the Law School.
  • In August 2020, an ad hoc committee recommended removing Henry Malcolm Withers’ name from the Law School’s Withers-Brown Hall. Dean Risa Goluboff adopted their recommendation and requested that the University rename the building. University President James Ryan ’92 and the Board of Visitors approved the request in September 2020. The building is currently known as Brown Hall.