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General Body Meeting

OutLaw is hosting its first general body meeting for the winter/spring semester. Members are encouraged to join for an overview of events we have planned for the spring semester, meet our new LLM members, and learn about March elections. Feel free to come with questions or ideas. Join the meeting with the following Zoom link: For more information, please contact Edward Gonzales at

The Convergence of Movements to Abolish ICE and Defund the Police


September 23 @ 12:30 pm EST/ 9:30 am PST


Moderator: Kate Evans (Duke Clinical Professor)

At the heart of both Abolish ICE and Defund the Police is a conversion about who is incarcerated and criminalized. The movements share the belief that regardless of the badge, bad law enforcement practices and policies affect the safety and wellbeing of people across the United States. Join us for a discussion on the increasingly intersecting coalitions between the movements and their impact in reframing the conversation around criminal justice reform.

Sponsors: Immigrant Rights Clinic & Duke Immigrant and Refugee Project. 

Co-Sponsored: Black Law Students Association, Latin American Law Students Association, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Middle Eastern and North African Law Students Association, Womxn of Color Collective, American Civil Liberties Union, National Lawyers Guild, OutLaw, and Human Rights Law Society.

First-Year Summer Diversity Fellowships Information Session

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 • 12:30 PM • Law School 3037

BLSA has organized a great opportunity for 1Ls to learn more about Diversity Fellowships during 1L summer, and has invited OutLaw to attend on Tuesday, November 3rd.

An amazing group of law firm leaders is coming to Duke, including the global hiring partner from Latham out of DC, the hiring partner of Reed Smith from PA, a partner and member of the diversity committee at Cooley in New York, and the National Head of Recruiting from K&L Gates.  As you may know, many firms have diversity opportunities for 1Ls that provide great exposure to private practice, perhaps time at a client or company, and in many cases significant monetary grants towards tuition.  This program aims to demystify the summer programs and process for the whole 1L student body so that more Duke students from diverse backgrounds apply and take advantage of these opportunities.  In addition to perhaps getting a fellowship as a 1L, these are great contacts for the 2L search.

Please join us for a panel discussion with firm representatives about diversity fellowship and scholarship opportunities for 1L students. All students are invited and the session will cover the process and timing of applying for diversity opportunities, the benefits of participating in a program during a summer internship or clerkship and the makings of a viable fellowship or scholarship application. Sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, the panel will be moderated by Professor Guy Charles, and is facilitated by the Career & Professional Development Center. Lunch will be provided.

Pride Week

It’s Pride Week in Durham! Join us at 1:00pm on Saturday (Sept. 26) on East Campus and celebrate Triangle Pride! Or, come out the night before to the the Duke Field Hockey field. The Team is doing their annual partnership with Duke LGBT groups to encourage them to come have a presence at their game.  There will be free food and other giveaways throughout the night.  This year, the Duke Pride game will be held this Friday, September 25th at 6 pm.   The event will be located at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.

Out in the Night Event

Duke OutLaw is partnering with the Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity to host a screening of Out in The Night, followed by a Q&A with the director and the women depicted in the film. It is Friday night at 6:00 at White Lecture Hall on East campus. Check out the link below for more details:


First General Body Meeting

Please join us for our first general body meeting of the semester on Friday, September 11th at 12:30pm. Dean Boswell, Professor Helfer, and Bernadette Brown, Duke’s Director of the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, plan to attend.  Contact Seth Pearson for further information.

Discussion on Marriage Equality in North Carolina

Duke Law is hosting a panel discussion on Marriage Equality in North Carolina. The discussion is jointly hosted by The American Constitution Society and The Program in Public Law. Elizabeth Gill (Senior Staff Attorney with the ACLU of Norther California), and Niel Siegel (Co-Director of the Program in Public Law) will discuss past and present marriage equality litigation. Specifically, the panel will focus on the strategy choices that accompany nationwide civil rights litigation, the practical and theoretical issues surrounding equal protection and due process jurisprudence, and the impact these cases will have on civil rights, constitutional adjudication and federalism going forward.

The panel discussion will be at 12:30 in room 3041.

New Officers Elected

Duke OutLaw is excited to announce the election of new officers for the 2014-15 academic year. Jason Ervin, a 2L, will serve as President while Seth Pearson, also a 2L, is the new Vice President. 1Ls Rosie McKinley and Paul Gray will serve as the Communications Chair and Social Events Coordinator, respectively. The group looks forward to hosting new events in furtherance of OutLaw’s goals, and increasing the awareness of LGBTQ rights and legal issues within the Duke Law community.

OutLaw is hosting Bar Review

Your friends at OutLaw are hosting this week’s Bar Review at The Bar in Durham.  The event is a great opportunity to promote equality among future legal professionals.  And of course, the drinks will be cheap and flowing.

Check out the Facebook invite here.

1L Representative Application is Now Open

Calling all 1Ls!  OutLaw is now accepting applications for 1L representatives.  The role is a substantial leadership position within OutLaw and serves as a means for learning a variety of skills associated with running a student group at Duke University School of Law.  All 1Ls are encouraged to apply.

To access the application, please click here.

There are a host of opportunities for 1Ls to help chart the direction of OutLaw for the 2012-13 academic year.  A 1L Representative can choose from a menu of options to help in OutLaw’s agenda by organizing planned events, creating and hosting an original programming, or supporting the executive board generally.  For those that are planning on taking on a larger role in student organizations, such as OutLaw, this is terrific chance to gain insight from upper-level students on navigating the planning requirements at Duke.

Should you have any questions regarding the application, please email Ben Shellhorn at

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