From: Ruth Abram <
Subject: Fwd: A potential speaker for the Symposium on Race
Date: December 12, 2019 at 3:58:22 PM MST
RE: Symposium on Race
Angie, I think you will agree that this is fascinating. I would be delighted to try to interest Brian Donovan in speaking to the Seminar. If race is indeed primarily a "social construct," we will need to find new words to describe what we mean.
I am also in touch with a woman who participates in a Fund for Reparations. Made up of the descendants of slave owners, the group explores way to make amends. This too might be interesting for our Seminar. Again, I would be pleased to make the connection.
Does the Seminar have a speaker's fee? If not, perhaps we could start a tradition of "sponsored" programs. I would be delighted to sponsor Donovan. Ruth
On Nov 4, 2019, at 3:07 PM, Heidi Kutcher wrote:
Two bits of good news!
1. Velveta Howell will be inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame in March 2020.
2. Michael Roche has been submitted to the governor for possible appointment to the new 18th District Court position.
From: Catharyn Baird
Subject: Article for the group
Date: October 21, 2019 at 10:08:04 AM MDT
To: Angie Arkin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Catharyn Baird
This article describes systemic injustice based on fining protocols. I think looking at the way that systemic injustice plays out in our communities and figuring strategies to change would be a great conversation for our group.
"UPDATE FROM THE CEO
This month, the ABA released its annual Profile of the Legal Profession. There's a lot of great information, but I wanted to share a quick snapshot of some of the data related to diversity.
* Female attorneys: in 2019, 36% make up the profession (no change since 2016).
* Racial or ethnic minorities attorneys: in 2019, 15% of all attorneys are diverse, US population is 23% diverse. Almost all racial/ethnic groups of attorneys are underrepresented versus their US population percentage: African American - 5%/13.4%; Asian - 2%/5.8%; Latinx - 5%/18.1%; Native Americans - 1%/1.3%.
* Diverse law firm attorneys: associates- 20%/24%; partners - 6%/9%, in 2009 and 2018.
* Attorneys with disabilities: 0.50% in 2019 and 0.25 in 2009, 2016 American Community Survey estimates 12.8% of Americans have disabilities.
* LGBTQ+ attorneys: associates- 2.3%/3.8%; partners - 1.4%/2.11%, in 2009 and 2018, data obtained through NALP survey. 2017 Gallup poll concludes 4.5% of adult Americans identify as LGBTQ+.
* Law students: 52.4% of law students were female in 2018, continuing the enrollment increase of female students since 2016. 37% of law students are racial/ethnic minorities; it was 6% in 2018.
* Federal Bench: in 2016, 20.1% of judges were diverse, while 19.9% are diverse in 2019. For women, their percentage was 25.9% in 2016 and 27.0 in 2019.
Bottomline, there's still work that needs to be done.
Karen H Hester, JD, LLM in Taxation
Chief Executive Officer
Center for Legal Inclusiveness"
"Angie. This is a thorough and compelling joint article with the New Yorker Magazine about systematic real property dispossession of blacks for over a century. Important reading for all."
Julie Waggener, Esq. (Ret)
From Julie Waggoner, an article about significant ongoing racial discrimination in farming by the USDA:
We mourn the devastating loss of our friend, SOR member and great leader Judge Wiley Daniel, who left us on May 10, 2019. Here are some links that tell us about his incredible life and legacy:
To those of you who made donations to our wonderful young presenters in April (the "We The People" group from Grandview High School), here is a "Thank you" letter from their teacher/coach:
"Hi Angie. Now that my students and I have returned from Washington, I'm writing to thank you and your group of contributors one final time for your financial support. I had two goals in mind as we approached the We the People national finals. One of them was financial, namely that families ought not be burdened merely because their children are engaged in an academic competition. With your help, we achieved that goal.
The other goal was academic, namely that the students would take their responsibilities seriously and perform well at that national competition. That goal, too, was achieved, as the students' presentations were simply masterful. In all, 56 high schools competed in Washington. Of those schools, only 15 were recognized for the excellence of their overall performance. Grandview was one of those 15, receiving the Mountains and Plains States regional award.
Because of your financial support, our We the People students had the experience of a lifetime, in the process bringing honor on themselves, Grandview, and the state of Colorado. I'll close with one of an almost endless number of accolades which the students have shared about their WTP experience: "Before this class, no class in my academic career had ever challenged me at all. This was the exception. Did I want to cry several times during the program? Yes. But it was exhilarating. It was fascinating. I loved this program more than any class I have ever taken." Decades from now, when the memory of high school has long faded, these wonderful students will recall the trip you helped bring about. On their behalf, I'm profoundly grateful.
Wonderful seeing you again! Here is the info about the book: Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness (Ordinary Terrible Things): Anastasia Higginbotham: 9781948340007: Amazon.com: Books
I gave my copy to Bob Russell after he said he wanted to get it for his black, white, and biracial grandkids.
I am really impressed with what that author has achieved! Take care! spike
From: Ruth Abram <email@example.com>
Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 10:26 AM
Angie, I am passing on this excellent article on immigration and race just published by the NY Daily News. It is written by my eloquent friend, Kevin Jennings, President of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in NYC. I founded the Museum some 30 years ago expressly to draw connections between the past and the present pertaining to “the stranger in the land.” Kevin does this so well in this piece. I hope you will distribute it to all the members of the Symposium on Race and to the presenters at last night’s Symposium. Thank you. Ruth
I thought you might find this op-ed I published in today’s NY Daily News of interest.
Grandview High School
20500 East Arapahoe Road
Aurora, CO 80016
December 21, 2018
Dear Ms. Arkin,
My name is Aliyah Cook and I am writing on behalf of the Grandview High School We the People program to request a donation for our national We the People trip, scheduled for April 26-30th. Your donation will help pay for the cost of this important trip the We the People students will be taking to Washington D.C., to compete the National We the People competition.
This year I learned more about the Constitution and U.S. Government and Politics than ever before. For the past few months, my teammates and I have been working every day to research Federalist Papers, Supreme Court decisions, laws, executive orders, and current events. I have never experienced something as mentally challenging, satisfying, and rewarding. This program is teaching me how to work in a group setting, write in a sophisticated way, find primary sources that support my argument, speak confidently, and think critically. I hope to make myself and my community proud at the national competition.
I would greatly appreciate any donation you can make. Should you donate for the trip, please note that all donations will be considered a charitable contribution. We will also provide a donation receipt letter with Grandview’s tax-exempt ID number for your records if requested. For your convenience, I have placed the donation link below to easy access for your online giving. If you are specifically donating to me, please make a note of that in the comments/memo box provided on the online form, otherwise, your donation will go into a pool donation fund.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. On behalf of the We the People program at Grandview High School, thank you for your consideration.
PLEASE CONSIDER INCLUDING THESE GRANDVIEW STUDENTS IN YOUR DONATION PLANS FOR 2019. ANY AMOUNT HELPS!!! WE WILL BE MEETING THESE AMAZING KIDS IN APRIL, BUT THEY WOULD LOVE OUR CONSIDERATION, NOW.
THANKS SO MUCH,
Al Harrell suggests the following article about Latinos in America:
Lynch Mobs Killed Latinos Across the West. Descendants Want It Known.
Here is the link to the ad only - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPPf3sZIo-Q
On Jan 13, 2019, at 12:48 PM, lana h wrote:
I thought some of the good folks of the symposium might find the following article interesting:
It's from an online art newsletter regarding an exhibit in New Jersey.
Best regards and Seasons Greetings. Jim T
Angie: Two items to pass along this snowy Monday morning.
#1 Over the weekend I attended a viewing of a documentary (I Am Not Your Negro) based upon James Baldwin's unfinished work Remember This House. I believe the good folks participating in the symposium would find this interesting and thought provoking.
#2 I read that Tom Brokaw apologized for a comment he made on Meet the Press, and that folks are condemning Chuck Todd for his "failure" to immediately call out Brokaw. I did not see the segment in question, but after reading a partial transcript, am left wondering if Brokaw's comments reflect his own bias and were in fact "racist." Or are his critics hyper sensitive? Perhaps we can touch on this at the next meeting.
Don’t know if you subscribe to NY Times, but they just started a newsletter on issues involving race. Thought I would bring it to your attention if you did not already know.
my best wgm
Last meeting, Arthur asked a critical question. He asked why is it important to learn about W.E.B. Du Bois. Here for the group is a link to an article by Charles Blow from The New York Times called “The White Rebellion.”
Blow’s article offers one small answer to the question Arthur asked in his presentation. Ignoring for our purposes the article’s reference to Donald Trump, I believe Blow’s description of “the petrifying fear young white men feel” expresses a vestige of slavery that goes a long way to illustrate why it is so important to learn and understand our authentic history. In other words, it gives us one of many reasons why is it important to learn about W.E.B. Du Bois.
Two additional questions to consider as we learn from Arthur are these:
1. What is the relationship to fear and privilege as described by Blow of 246+ years of life in a slave based economy compared to the 153 years in an economy that followed the abolition of slavery?
2. What is the relationship of fear and privilege as described by Blow to the conversation of implicit bias we are now having?
Thank you Arthur for asking a question that each of us must answer as we move deeper into this discussion of race.
New York Times Opinion Page “OP - DOCS”
Really interesting article!
Subject: Here was an interesting article from NJC
Should judges be warning jurors about unconscious bias? Our poll says few are
Unconscious bias has been in the headlines since Starbucks closed all its stores nationwide for an afternoon late last month to conduct racial-bias education for employees.
The training came in response to a racial incident at a Starbucks in Philadelphia. A pair of African-American men were waiting for a business meeting and hadn’t purchased anything, which is a common scenario with patrons of all kinds at the coffee shops. The store’s manager asked them to leave and then called the police when they did not comply.
Our June Question of the Month asked judges if they do anything to alert jurors to unconscious or implicit bias before they render a verdict. Of the 338 judges who voted, 71 percent said they do not alert jurors to potential implicit bias.
As the preface to the poll question noted, some states, including California and Washington, require that juries be informed about implicit bias. And one judge shared the instructions that he himself issues to jurors.
Of the 125 respondents who posted comments (mostly anonymous), several said they don’t consider it necessary to talk about unconscious bias because they feel counsel often address it adequately in voir dire. Others seemed unsure how to bring up the topic with jurors.
Iowa District Court Judge Jeff Neary (Sioux City) said he starts by talking about overt bias before turning to the implicit or unconscious form.
“[I ask] folks from this area to raise their hands if they consider themselves Iowa Hawkeyes fans, Iowa State Cyclones fans or Nebraska Cornhusker fans. And then I use that show of hands—and the typical joking that takes place—to talk about how we feel about those who might not like a team we like or point out how we take sides in such contests and may generally feel or react to others who do not see things as we do.”
Several judges said that they would like to discuss unconscious bias but haven’t figured out how to do so. They worry about calling attention to the fact that a witness or a defendant may be subject to bias. They don’t want to plant a seed of bias in jurors’ minds
“I address [bias] during jury orientation [but] not as thoroughly as I would like to,” wrote one judge, who self-identified as an African American from a southern state. “I don’t get the sense that jurors are as open to me addressing this with them.”
Another judge cited a study that, according to the judge, found that “alerting” jurors to their unconscious or implicit biases can exacerbate them.
The overwhelming weight of research shows the opposite, according to Kimberly Papillon, a judicial professor who has taught about neuroscience in decision-making for the NJC for 10 years. She said numerous studies show brain reactions change and fairness increases when people are alerted to bias.
“This is particularly true when people make decisions that will be scrutinized in public, like jury verdicts,” she said.
* Each month the College emails an informal, non-scientific, one-question survey to its more than 12,000 judicial alumni in the United States and abroad. The results summarized in the NJC’s monthly Judicial Edge are not intended to be characterized as conclusive research findings.
Elizabeth A. W
Subject: Re: Symposium on Race group Fwd: June 21st Use of Force Seminar: New Details!
I just finished a great book that I think the symposium would love:
Author: Michael Eric Dyson What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin, and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America
In 1963 Attorney General Robert Kennedy sought out James Baldwin to explain the rage that threatened to engulf black America. Baldwin brought along some friends, including playwright Lorraine Hansberry, psychologist Kenneth Clark, and a valiant activist, Jerome Smith. It was Smith’s relentless, unfiltered fury that set Kennedy on his heels, reducing him to sullen silence.
Kennedy walked away from the nearly three-hour meeting angry – that the black folk assembled didn’t understand politics, and that they weren’t as easy to talk to as Martin Luther King. But especially that they were more interested in witness than policy. But Kennedy’s anger quickly gave way to empathy, especially for Smith. “I guess if I were in his shoes…I might feel differently about this country.” Kennedy set about changing policy – the meeting having transformed his thinking in fundamental ways.
When we met for lunch a few weeks ago you mentioned that at one of the earlier gatherings a couple of people discussed their different approaches in previous roles as prosecutors. The following link is one of my favorite talks and one I think may be of interest to the group related to their discussion.
Thanks, Kate B
Ted Talk by Adam Foss, “A prosecutor’s vision for a better justice system”
This 4 minute Heineken ad (and real experiment) is brilliant (it's not about beer)... I'm happy to play it at the beginning of one of our next meetings or if you prefer, would you please share this link to the video with our symposium? The concept is what we discussed at our last symposium: we can't just expose diverse individuals to one another if we want change... we need to get diverse individuals to interact with each other and appreciate our shared experiences.
As I mentioned in our symposium tonite, this book is powerful. "REAL AMERICAN" a Memoir by Julia Lythcott-Haims. Heard her interview first on NPR interview with Teri Gross. Julie
Closer to home, you and I recently attended the Sam Cary Bar Association’s Homecoming. During Homecoming, some of the lawyers recalled with pride that they were in the class with the largest number of first year Black students in the history of the Sturm College of law.
Yet, I remember how difficult it was for Mary Ricketson, who, as Dean of the law school, recruited and successfully increased the percentage of diverse students entering law school during that time. Simply put, Mary ran into the buzz saw of “merit” from tenured faculty. I know it was not easy. I know it took a toll on her. Most importantly, I know why she did it. She often said to me, “this is the right thing to do.”
Subject: RE: Tenured Penn law professor keeps job disparaging black students | Daily Mail Online
Ted Ruger was a law school classmate of mine and is one of the most principled, ethical, and progressive people I have ever known. Amy Wax and I have been opponents in academic battles for decades. She has long had a reputation for sitting on the extreme side of the “merit” argument against the values of diversity and inclusion. The conflict reflected in these stories is a fascinating microcosm of what is happening in education all over the country. What is sad, and I think is reflected here, is that people arguing the “principles” of the debate rarely reflect on how their stated positions reflect something about what they must think of the students in their classrooms.
On Mar 14, 2018, at 5:53 PM, F, Jordan M. wrote:
We still have a lot of work to do ... please share as you think appropriate