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Access to justice is at the core of what we do at the Law School Admission Council. And while our work in legal education has furthered that mission for more than half a century, it wouldn’t be possible without those who fought for the basic rights we too often take for granted today. One of those rights is women’s suffrage, and this year’s Law Day, which is today, May 1, focuses on the 100th anniversary of that landmark achievement.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of what we do at the Law School Admission Council. Through our partnerships with our member law schools, we’re striving to give students from all walks of life a chance to make the dream of a law career a reality — and, in turn, create a legal system that reflects the society it serves.
This month, as we at LSAC celebrate diversity, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession, we wanted to share Laura’s story as an example of a legal professional who embodies a commitment to those values — and demonstrates the importance of making sure the doors of the legal system are open to all who seek justice.
This week’s holiday honors the memory of slain civil rights pioneer Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but Shirley Jefferson’s memories of him, and the movement for which he fought, are much more personal. Born in segregated Alabama, she marched and protested with Dr. King, integrated her high school, and developed a lifelong commitment to fighting injustice as a lawyer.