For The Record

Photograph by Deneka Peniston

The fall semester brought two new events in the law school’s Law, Race, and Power speaker series. Civil rights advocate Desmond Meade joined students, faculty, and staff in a discussion on voting rights and criminal justice reform. Meade, president of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, is a 2021 MacArthur Fellow and was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2019.

Richmond Law also welcomed three panelists — Ofelia L. Calderón (founding partner of the immigration law firm Calderón Seguin), Luis Oyola (director of organizing at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, VIrginia), and Sirine Shebaya (executive director of the National Immigration Project) — for a discussion on immigration law. The planning team closed the semester with an open conversation on the dynamics of law, race, and power both inside and outside the law school building.