Posts Tagged ‘diversity’

Professor Susan Franck’s New Work Addresses Diversity in International Arbitration

March 10, 2015 Leave a comment
Prof. Franck

Prof. Franck

Washington and Lee law professor Susan Franck’s forthcoming publication, “The Diversity Challenge: Exploring the ‘Invisible College’ of International Arbitration” addresses issues of diversity in international arbitration.  The article will appear in the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law in 2015.

Professor Franck uses survey data from attendees at the Congress of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration to examine the “invisible college” of international arbitrators.  The article includes a discussion of the potential benefits of greater diversity in international arbitration and the challenges in implementing diversity initiatives such as those of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association to promote diversity in legal hiring.

Professor Franck has presented the article at the University of Delaware Center for the Study of Diversity and at the Institute for Transnational Arbitration Academic Winter Forum.


Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership Workshop

September 5, 2013 Leave a comment


Promoting Diversity in Law School Leadership

OCTOBER 11 & 12, 2013


UW School of Law with Seattle University School of Law & the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) offer this biennial workshop to encourage and assist members of underrepresented groups to pursue deanships and other university and law school leadership positions.

The workshop will help attendees:

  • Determine whether you want to be a dean and find the right time and place to pursue a deanship;
  • Understand the nuts and bolts of the dean’s role;
  • Prepare yourself to be a successful dean candidate;
  • Learn how to negotiate the terms of your appointment and ensure a successful transition to the decanal role;
  • Determine what other forms of university and law school leadership roles may be right for you.

In addition to the substantive program, there will be considerable one-on-one consultation that will create ongoing mentoring and advisory relationships.

This workshop is suggested not only for those considering deaning, but also for those who are planning an upcoming dean search and for those who work closely with the dean, including associate deans.

Current SALT members will benefit from a reduced registration fee for the workshop.  In addition, SALT will provide a limited number of scholarships for faculty members who may not otherwise have access to funding to attend the workshop.  To inquire about a scholarship, please email

Please register online by October 7, 2013.

Program agenda, topics and speakers are being finalized now.  We will post a link to the current conference program here, as soon as it is available.  

Please note online registration is for credit card payment only.  To make arrangements to pay with an alternative method, please email or call 206-685-7230.

Date: Friday, October 11, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
4293 Memorial Way
Seattle, WA 98195
United States

If you’d like to attend this event, you can register online.

Prof. powell on Corporate Prerogative

March 7, 2012 Leave a comment

john a powellIn the third installment of the Spring 2012 Faculty Workshop Series, sponsored by the Frances Lewis Law Center, Professor john a. powell (lower case), formerly of the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University and presently the Director of the Haas Diversity Research Center and Robert D. Haas Chancellor’s Chair in Equity and Inclusion at the University of California, Berkeley, came to speak last Monday about his recent paper, Beyond Public/Private: Understanding Excessive Corporate Prerogative.

Professor powell makes the argument, in its simplest form, that the expansion and exercise of corporate power coincides with and makes concomitant disempowerment of people of color. Historically, he observes that the Lochner era, which defined and expanded corporate prerogatives, was the same era as Jim Crow, which narrowed the meaning and reach of civil rights. He asserts that the public/private distinction that has been used to establish many of these prerogatives, is flawed. The paper argues that there are four domains: public, private, non-public/non-private, and corporate. Thus, the exercise of excessive corporate prerogative is not only a threat to the public sphere, but the private sphere and the non-public/non-private as well. Ultimately, Prof. powell argues that we cannot achieve racial justice, economic justice, protection of our environment, or enjoy a strong democracy unless we have a realignment of corporations.

Many thanks to Professor powell for visiting W&L and sharing his paper with the faculty.