Classroom Conversations About Race, Poverty and Social Status in the Aftermath of Katrina
13 DISP. RESOL. MAG. 22 (Fall 2006)
4 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2013
Date Written: 2006
This article addresses dialogue regarding issues of race, poverty and social inequalities in the wake of the New Orleans hurricane Katrina. Conversations were conducted in law school classrooms at Howard Law School and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law regarding the intersection of law and race, class, and poverty. The objective was not to have an abstract dialogue, but to help students develop a personal understanding of each student’s connection or lack of connection to the issues of race, class and poverty and their own choices about becoming a lawyer as it might relate to those issues. The goal was to create pathways for each student to engage in deeper discussion throughout his or her legal training and practice of law, as well as to contribute to a more tolerant and sensitive school environment.
Keywords: Dispute Resolution, Race, Poverty, Social Status, Hurricane Katrina, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Howard Law School
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