Show your Akron Law pride by participating in Zippy’s MAC Challenge! Round 1 (March 6 and 7): School of Law vs. College of Engineering

Zippy’s MAC Challenge is a six-day fundraising challenge that coincides with the MAC basketball tournament. The entire UA community (UA faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends) are invited to participate. Essentially, 12 UA colleges/areas are competing in a bracket challenge for the most donor support. Participants vote for their favorite UA “team” by making a gift. Every gift earns a point and advances the “team” in the bracket.

  • Slam dunk               Gifts $100 and higher = 4 points
  • Three-pointer         Gifts $50 – $99 = 3 points
  • Jumper                     Gifts $25 – $49 = 2 point
  • Free throw               Gifts under $25 = 1 point

In the first round (March 6 and 7), the School of Law is competing against the College of Engineering. Please visit for the full bracket and additional information about the challenge.

We hope you will consider showing your school spirit and scoring some points for Akron Law by making a gift to advance the School of Law to the next round! The winner of this round will advance to round two (March 8-9).

There are three ways to give (be sure to select the School of Law):

All gifts designated to the School of Law will support scholarships for Akron Law students!

Let’s show some school spirit and beat the College of Engineering!

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Open Forum for all law students with Dean Candidates

All law students are invited and encouraged to attend the open forums with our dean candidates over the next week.

The first open forum will be held this Thursday, February 16th from 4:15 p.m – 5 p.m. in School of Law Room 140. Stay tuned for the other upcoming forums.

We hope to see you Thursday!

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Join the “Rethinking Race” events!

The University of Akron is again hosting “Rethinking Race” – an annual series of race-related programming options, this year with over 50 events scheduled! Rethinking Race takes place over two weeks, from February 3rd to February 19th. The full calendar of events is here.

Many of the events are law-related or sponsored by Law School organizations or faculty. Here are some highlights:

Friday, February 3rd at 6:00 p.m

Student Union Theater

This is a powerful documentary by Ave DuVernay about the racial impact of the criminal justice system since the passage of the 13th Amendment.

Jane Elliot

Monday, February 6th,  6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

E.J. Thomas Hall

Since her famous classroom exercises with White students during the Civil Rights movement, keynote speaker Jane Elliot has been an internationally known teacher and trainer on the nature of prejudice.

Dr. Mahzarin Banaji

Thursday, February 9th, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Quaker Station

Dr. Banaji is one of the principal researchers behind the Implicit Association Tests that have exposed the extensive distribution of implicit bias along a broad spectrum of characteristics.

Tea Time for Peace

Tuesday, February 14th, 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Speed-dating style conversations with Muslims, presented by the Law School’s Social Justice Project, with the support of the Muslim Law Students Association.

Soul Food for Thought

Tuesday, February 14th, 12:30 to 2:00 pm

A panel on civility and civil rights sponsored by the Black Law Students Association and moderated by Professor Lee.

There are many other events, including the movie Loving, discussions about the 2016 elections, and the results of DNA testing for 30 members of the campus community. Explore the entire calendar of events at Rethinking Race.

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Book Talk by Professor Thomas on the Legal History of Family Law and Women’s Rights

Author Tracy A. Thomas discusses Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Feminist Foundations of Family Law

Hudson Library & Historical Society

Thursday, Jan. 26, 7 p.m.
or call (330) 653-6658

Author Tracy A. Thom

Tracy A. Thomas, Professor of Law at The University of Akron School of Law and the director of the Center for Constitutional Law, will discuss her new book, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Feminist Foundations of Family Law. The book examines Stanton’s views on women’s equality in marriage, divorce, domestic violence, childcare and other family issues.

Copies of Thomas’s book will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Register for this free program online at or call (330) 653-6658 x1010.
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Invitation to Akron Law Alumni Dinner – May 13, 2016

Please join us at Akron Law’s annual Alumni Awards and Class Reunion Dinner on Friday, May 13 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. A limited number of complimentary tickets have been reserved for students, and they will be awarded on a first to respond basis. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Lia Evans ( by Monday, May 2.

This year’s Outstanding Alumni Award recipients include: Jane L. Hackemeyer (’80), Jacqueline Silas-Butler (’84), and The Honorable Thomas A. Teodosio (’82). The Honorary Alumni Award will also be presented to Margaret McDowell Lloyd.

Attendance at the Alumni Dinner affords a great opportunity to meet and network with Akron Law alumni of many generations. We hope to see you there!

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