February 8

Dickinson Law Celebrates Black History Month

Black Law Students Association to Welcome Keynote Speaker from NAACP on February 27

Monique Lin-Luse

February 2017 — In honor of Black History Month, Dickinson Law's Black Law Student Association (BLSA) will welcome featured speaker Monique Lin-Luse, assistant counsel of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Education Fund, on Monday, February 27. Her lecture will focus on desegregation of schools and educational issues, and will begin at 6 p.m. in Lewis Katz Hall, Room 112. This event is open to the public.


Lin-Luse has more than 10 years of advocacy, organizing, and educator experience in youth development, education access, social justice, and civil rights. Her work focuses on removing barriers to educational success for all students and ending the criminalization of youth of color. Lin-Luse is a proponent of community led interventions that utilize multiple forms of advocacy to eliminate racial, gender and other disparities in education, housing, and economic opportunities.

Prior to joining LDF, Lin-Luse was the ninth Sol and Helen Zubrow Fellow in Children's Law at the Juvenile Law Center of Philadelphia, where she worked on juvenile justice and child welfare system reform on the national level and in Pennsylvania. While at the Juvenile Law Center, she worked on ensuring constitutional protections for youth through impact litigation, direct representation, legislative advocacy and training child welfare, and juvenile justice professionals.

Lin-Luse received her JD from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a Public Interest Law Scholar and a recipient of the Juvenile Justice Clinic Award. She also has a master’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education, and taught middle and high school students in New York City as a Teaching Fellow. She graduated with high honors from the University of Michigan Residential College with a BA in Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies.

On February 2, BLSA hosted a screening of the 2016 American documentary “13th” which is centered on race in the US criminal justice system and titled after the Thirteenth Amendment to the US Constitution.

Did You Know?
Clarence Muse enrolled at Dickinson Law in 1908 and was the first African American to matriculate at the law school. He left the law school one year later to pursue an acting career, and appeared in 220 motion pictures in a career that lasted over 60 years. In 1978, Muse returned to Dickinson Law to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Learn more about the history of diversity at Dickinson Law.

About Black History Month
To commemorate and celebrate the contributions to our nation made by people of African descent, American historian Carter G. Woodson established Black History Week. The first celebration occurred on February 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February was designated as the time for this celebration to coincide with the birthdays of abolitionist/editor Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln. In 1976, as part of the nation’s bicentennial, the week was expanded to a month. Since then, US presidents have proclaimed February as National African-American History Month.

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