This guide is an ongoing work in progress that serves as a home for critical pedagogy resources for the law school curricula. It also serves as a resource for librarians, faculty, students, and the broader community looking for critical perspectives on the law.
Each page on the guide has the following:
- Definitions to consider when researching in the particular area;
- Databases that may be useful when researching;
- Multimedia (documentaries, recorded scholarly panel discussions, etc.) addressing the topic;
- Books and scholarly articles available through the Cornell catalog; and
- Scholarly journals to consult when researching.
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- Critical Pedagogy: Education and pedagogical practices focused on raising critical consciousness through social critique, political action, and self actualization. See: Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968).
- DEI: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
- Diversity: Similarities and differences of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, age, ability, and culture.
- Equity: Shifting power dynamics to achieve outcomes free from bias, discrimination and prejudice. See: Keren Dali and Nadia Caidi, Diversity by design. The Library Quarterly 87.2 (2017): 88-98.
- Inclusion: The act or practice of including and accommodating people who have historically been excluded (as because of their race, gender, sexuality, or ability) [Merriam Webster: "inclusion"]
- Implicit Bias: A bias or prejudice that is present but not consciously held or recognized. [Merriam Webster: "implicit bias"] See: Project Implicit -- Implicit Bias Association Test (IAT).
- Micro Aggression: A comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority). [Merriam Webster: "microaggression"] See: Shamika D. Dalton, Gail Mathapo & Endia Sowers-Paige, Diversity Dialogues: Navigating Law Librarianship While Black: A Week in the Life of a Black Female Law Librarian, 110 LAW LIBR. J. 429 (2018).
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- Cornell Law Student Organizations
- Cornell University Center for the Study of Inequality
Related Research Guides
Continuing Education Opportunities
- ACRL: Confronting Hard History: Using Primary Sources to Teach Slavery, Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter (September 15, 2020)
- Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse: Teach-In For Racial Justice.
- PBS: American Experience Documentary, The Chinese Exclusion Act. (May 29, 2018)
- What Critical Race Studies Teaches Us About Racism, Resistance & Policing (July 8, 2020)
- Reparations: What it is? Why does it matter? How will California’s Landmark Law promote it? (March 11, 2021)
- Celebrating the Second Edition of "Manifest Destinies" (March 7, 2018)
- Inventing Latinos: A New Story of American Racism by Laura E. Gómez w/ Cheryl I. Harris (September 16, 2020)
- University of Denver: Critical Conversations: Asian & Asian-American Perspectives (February 11, 2021)
DEI in Legal Academia
- Association of American Law Schools: Law Deans Antiracist Clearinghouse
- Fracisco Valdes, Sexual Minorities in Legal Academia: A Retrospection on Community, Action, Remembrance, and Liberation, 66 J. Legal Educ. 510 (2017).
- Indiana University: Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE)
- Meera E. Deo, Looking Forward to Diversity in Legal Academia, 29 Berkeley J. Gender L. & Just. 352, 371–75 (2014).
- Sarudzayi Matambanadzo and Sheila Velez, Kindling the Programmatic Production of Critical and Outsider Legal Scholarship, 1996-2016, 37 Whittier L. Rev. 439 (2016).
- University of Michigan, Women Also Know Law
- Inspired by and modeled on Women Also Know Stuff, Women Also Know Law offers a searchable database of women and non-binary people who have academic appointments in law (or who are seeking academic appointments in law). The database is publicly available for everyone to use, including conference organizers, syllabi authors, casebook editors, journalists, and whoever may be looking to find someone with academic expertise in law. And our social media feed celebrates the accomplishments, expertise, and knowledge of women in the law.
- Yvonne M. Dutton et al., Advancing Faculty Diversity Through Self-Directed Mentoring, 25 Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy 55-76 (2017).
DEI in the Legal Profession
- American Bar Association
- Whitney Woodington, The Cognitive Foundations of Formal Equality: Incorporating Gender Schema Theory to Eliminate Sex Discrimination Towards Women in the Legal Profession, 34 LAW & PSYCHOL. REV. 135 (2010).