RISE Alliance

Jay Austin


Reaffirming Individuals Supporting Education (RISE) Alliance®

Under the leadership of Executive Director Jay Austin

About the RISE Alliance®

Reaffirming Individuals Supporting Education (RISE) Alliance is a national center within LSAC designed to support the leadership and professional development needs of student-facing staff at member law schools. LSAC aims to better unify the student learning journey from prelaw through practice, and to support all individuals throughout, to promote access, equity, and inclusion in the legal profession. Supporting those on the front line — people in law school admission and financial aid, DEI, and student services roles — is important to LSAC’s mission. Under the leadership of Executive Director Jay Austin, one of the country’s most respected admission deans and a leading voice in intersectional community building, RISE serves as a strategic collaborator and communicator of DEI best practices and programming.

“LSAC is excited to further support its member law schools by helping to build capacity and community among the dedicated professionals who help build the foundation for the student journey from prelaw to practice.”

Kellye Testy

Kellye Testy
President and CEO, LSAC

“LSAC has long-standing commitments and initiatives that promote access and equity in legal education, and we must bolster our efforts in a thoughtful and strategic way so that, eventually, the legal profession reflects the diversity of everyone it serves.”

Angela Winfield

Angela Winfield
Chief Diversity Officer, LSAC

Additional Information

From the Executive Director

“At its core, RISE Alliance will operate to amplify and promote individual capacity, especially standing in support of staff who recognize how their own multiple identities frame their professional lives.”

— Jay Austin, Executive Director of RISE Alliance®

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