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Georgetown Law Dean William M. Treanor, Muslim Chaplain Imam Yahya Hendi, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Hassan Ahmad (L'21), Sarah Jonny (L'21), and Tooba Hussain (L'21) onstage in Hart Auditorium.

Muslim Law Students Association Hosts a Conversation with Rep. Rashida Tlaib

October 29, 2019 Civil Rights & Antidiscrimination Congress

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan), one of the first two Muslim women elected to the U.S. Congress, was born to Palestinian parents. Her father came to the United States at 19, with a fourth-grade education. His first job was at the Ford plant outside of Detroit. He became a member of the United Auto Workers. And he would inspire his 14 children with respect to labor rights.

As incoming students last year, 2L students Megan Lipsky and Chiemeka Onwuanaegbule participated in the inaugural class of RISE, a program for applicants from historically underrepresented backgrounds. This year, 67 incoming J.D. students will participate in the pre-Orientation from August 18 to 23.

RISE Program Helps 1Ls From Historically Underrepresented Backgrounds to Thrive

August 19, 2019 Civil Rights & Antidiscrimination Race & Law

When Megan Lipsky (L’21) was preparing to go to Georgetown Law from the University of Miami in the summer of 2018, she learned about a new Georgetown program called RISE. Officially launched last year, RISE is designed to support incoming J.D. students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in law school and lawyering — including but not limited to racial, ethnic, geographic, socioeconomic, and first-generation college backgrounds.

Stock photo of Muslim women next to a tent outside a Nairobi court. In the spring of 2019, the High Court of Kenya ruled that many of the nation’s laws violate the constitutional rights of children of unmarried parents. Alumni of Georgetown Law's International Women's Human Rights Clinic filed the complaint in the case back in 2013.

International Women’s Human Rights Clinic: Work Pays Off for Mothers, Children in Kenya

July 23, 2019 Civil Rights & Antidiscrimination Clinics Feminism & Gender Studies Impacting Change International & Comparative Law

Lamiya Rahman (C’08, L’14) and Pepis Rodriguez (L’15) never met the plaintiff, but they knew the legal challenges she faced as an unwed mother in Kenya. Back in 2013, as students in the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown Law, they had drafted a complaint and brief to be filed on her behalf in Africa.

Professor Rosa Brooks, right (with Distinguished Visitor from Practice Christy Lopez) was installed as Georgetown Law’s inaugural Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Policy on March 20.

Professor Rosa Brooks Installed as the Inaugural Scott K. Ginsburg Professor

March 22, 2019 Civil Rights & Antidiscrimination Criminal Law Human Rights & Immigration International & Comparative Law Race & Law

“Just as our recent wars have mostly been against those who are poor, those who can easily be demonized and viewed as ‘other’ by the average American — so too, our criminal law has tended to be enforced primarily and disproportionately against the poor and people of color,” said Professor Rosa Brooks, who was installed as Georgetown Law’s inaugural Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Law and Policy on March 20.