Scalia Law launched the Kelly McNamara Corley Institute for Diversity & Inclusion Education to serve as a national catalyst for D&I programs that educate law students and legal educators about this social and economic imperative and the civil discourse it can engender.
Thirty years of leading teams of lawyers has taught me the value of a diverse and inclusive workforce to solve complex problems and drive innovation and change. What started as a societal imperative has become an essential component of workforce culture. Discover’s legal department played a major role in that evolution and a number of law firms helped us make diversity a key ingredient of our success. I am delighted that Antonin Scalia Law School has stepped up to lead the effort to equip law students and their employers with the skills necessary to leverage diversity and inclusion to innovate and serve clients better.
-Kelly McNamara Corley ’89
Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Discover Financial Services (Ret.)
Scalia Law accepted the challenge of providing its students with meaningful training on D&I in the legal profession. The Corley Institute invites other legal educators to accept the challenge.
Over the last two years, Scalia Law has offered a certificate program on D&I to its students.
Topics include the marketplace demand for D&I; understanding and recognizing implicit bias; cultural competence; EEOC law; hiring and retention strategies; and the development of D&I programs in law firm settings.
Guest lecturers from corporations, law firms, and educational institutions volunteer their time to help educate students and prepare them for today’s workplace.
A for-credit follow-on course on D&I Predictive Analytics ran for the first time this year.
Scalia Law’s Corley Institute stands poised to help law schools throughout the country equip students with the tools they need to become D&I leaders in law firms, corporations, and government.
The Institute is providing comprehensive training, tools, and course materials at no cost to law schools across the country.
The Institute’s course brings notable scholars, guest speakers, and seasoned professionals to the classroom through pre-recorded messaging.
Last year, the Institute hosted a free conference for legal educators interested in pursuing D&I education for for students, which included outstanding panelists from law firms and corporate law departments.
This year, the Institute is hosting a second conference introducing the training tools and course materials we are making available to all law schools.