Dean Diaz Joins Law School Deans Addressing Election and Capitol Attack

Dean Diaz Joins Law School Deans Addressing Election and Capitol Attack

Barry Law Dean Leticia M. Diaz joined 160+ other Law School Deans from various schools across the country to publish a statement addressing the 2020 election and the events that took place at the United States Capitol in early January.

"The violent attack on the Capitol was an assault on our democracy and the rule of law," the statement reads. "The effort to disrupt the certification of a free and fair election was a betrayal of the core values that undergird our Constitution. Lives were lost and the seat of our democracy was desecrated, and our country was shamed."

The statement asserts that as legal educators and lawyers, the law deans must "redouble" their efforts to "restore faith in the rule of law and the ideals of the legal profession."

In addition, they call on all membors of the legal profession to join them in "the vital work ahead."


Read the full statement below:

January 12, 2021

 

Law Deans Joint Statement on the 2020 Election and Events at the Capitol

 

We are deans of a diverse range of law schools across the country. We do not use our positions to advance our individual views. But we do have an obligation to support the rule of law and preserve the integrity of the legal profession. On rare occasions, despite our differing situations and views, that obligation requires us to speak as one to defend the fundamental commitments of our profession. This is such a moment.

 

The violent attack on the Capitol was an assault on our democracy and the rule of law. The effort to disrupt the certification of a free and fair election was a betrayal of the core values that undergird our Constitution. Lives were lost, the seat of our democracy was desecrated, and our country was shamed.

 

Many lawyers and judges worked honestly and in good faith, often in the face of considerable political pressure, to ensure the 2020 election was free and fair. However, we recognize with dismay and sorrow that some lawyers challenged the outcome of the election with claims that they did not support with facts or evidence. This betrayed the values of our profession. Our profession demands that when lawyers pursue legal action, they must bring claims in good faith, grounded in facts and evidence, and demonstrate respect for the legal system. Only then can lawyers fulfill their responsibilities as lawyers and public citizens to promote public confidence in the rule of law and the justice system —duties that extend to all professional activities, whether lawyers are representing a client or not.The rule of law is as much a touchstone of our profession as it is of our Constitution.

 

As law deans, our mission is to train the next generation of leaders to uphold the core values of our profession and sustain the rule of law. This should be a moment of reflection for legal educators and members of the legal profession. A sustained effort will be necessary to repair and preserve our precious democratic institutions. As legal educators and lawyers ourselves, we must redouble our efforts to restore faith in the rule of law and the ideals of the legal profession. We have enormous faith in the law’s enduring values and in our students, who will soon lead this profession. We call upon all members of the legal profession to join us in the vital work ahead.

 

Signed, 

 

Alicia Ouellette

President and Dean

Albany Law School

 

Robert Dinerstein

Acting Dean and Professor of Law

American University, Washington College of Law

 

Jace C.Gatewood

Dean and CEO

Atlanta's John Marshall Law School

 

Melanie Leslie

Dean and Samuel Belkin Professor of Law

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

 

Vincent Rougeau

Dean and Professor

Boston College Law School

 

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Dean and Professor of Law

Boston University School of Law

 

Michael T. Cahill

President, Joseph Crea Dean & Professor of Law

Brooklyn Law School

 

Sean M. Scott

President and Dean

California Western School of Law

 

J. Rich Leonard

Dean

Campbell Law School

 

Reynaldo Anaya

Valencia

Dean and Professor of Law

Capital University Law School

 

Matt Parlow

Dean and Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law

Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law

 

Anita K. Krug

Dean and Professor

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

 

Charles H. Rose III

Dean and Professor of Law

Claude W. Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University

 

Lee Fisher 

Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-Baker

Hostetler Chair in Law 

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University

 

Gillian Lester 

Dean and Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law

Columbia Law School

 

Jens David Ohlin

Interim Dean & Professor of LawCornell Law School

 

Joshua P. Fershée

Dean and Professor of Law

Creighton University School of Law

 

Henry C. Strickland

Dean 

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

 

Mary LuBilek

Dean and Professor of Law

CUNY School of Law

 

Rodney A. Smolla

Dean & Professor of Law

Delaware Law School, Widener University

 

Jennifer Rosato Perea

Dean and Professor

DePaul University College of Law

 

Jerry L. Anderson 

Dean and Richard M. and Anita Calkins Distinguished Professor of Law

Drake University Law School

 

Kerry Abrams 

James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean and Professor of Law

Duke University School of Law

 

April M. Barton

Dean and Professor of Law

Duquesne University School of Law

 

Leticia M. Diaz 

Dean and Professor of Law

Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Barry University

 

Horace Anderson 

Dean and Professor of Law

Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Pace University

 

Luke Bierman

Dean and Professor of Law

Elon University School of Law

 

Mary Anne Bobinski

Dean and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law

Emory University School of Law

Deidré A. Keller

Dean and Professor of Law

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University College of Law

 

C. Peter Goplerud

Dean and Professor of Law

Florida Coastal School of Law

 

Antony Page 

Dean & FIU Foundation Professor of Law

Florida International University College of Law

 

Erin O’Hara O'Connor

Dean and McKenzie Professor of Law

Florida State University College of Law

 

Matthew Diller

Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law

Fordham University School of Law

 

William M. Treanor

Dean & Executive Vice President

Georgetown Law

 

Leslie E. Wolf

Interim Dean and Distinguished University Professor

Georgia State University College of Law

 

Eric C. Christiansen

Dean of the Law School (Interim, 2020-21), Professor of Law

Golden Gate University, School of Law

 

Jacob Rooksby

Dean and Professor of Law

Gonzaga University School of Law

 

John F. Manning

Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law

Harvard Law School

 

Danielle Holley-Walker

Dean and Professor of Law

Howard University School of Law

 

Austen Parrish 

Dean and James H. Rudy Professor of Law

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

 

Karen E. Bravo

Dean and Professor of Law

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

 

Gordon Smith

Dean and Woodruff J. Deem Professor of Law

J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University

 

Jennifer J. Johnson 

Dean and Erskine Wood Sr. Professor of Law

Lewis and Clark Law School

 

Matthew R. Lyon

Vice President & Dean

Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law

 

Colin Crawford

Dean and Professor of Law

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville

 

Lee Ann Wheelis Lockridge

Interim Dean and Professor of Law

Louisiana State University Law Center

 

Michael Waterstone

Dean and Professor of Law

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

 

Michael J. Kaufman

Dean and Professor of Law

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

 

Madeleine M. Landrieu

Dean and Judge Adrian G. Duplantier Distinguished Professor of Law

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

 

Gail Prudenti

Dean

Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University

 

Cathy Cox

Dean and Professor of Law

Mercer University School of Law

 

Lincoln L. Davies

Dean & Frank R. Strong Chair in Law

Michael E. Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University



Melanie B. Jacobs

Interim Dean & Professor of Law

Michigan State University College of Law

 

Patricia Bennett

Dean & Professor of Law

Mississippi College School of Law

 

Anthony Niedwiecki 

President and Dean

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

 

Scott P. Brown

President and Dean

New England Law/Boston

 

Anthony W. Crowell

Dean and President

New York Law School

 

Trevor Morrison

Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law

New York University School of Law

 

James Hackney

Dean and Professor of Law

Northeastern University School of Law

 

Cassandra L. Hill

Dean and Professor of Law

Northern Illinois University College of Law



James Speta

Interim Dean

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

 

José Roberto (Beto) Juárez, Jr.

Dean and Professor of Law

Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law

 

Jim Roth

Dean and Professor of Law

Oklahoma City University School of Law

 

Danielle M. Conway

Dean and Donald J. Farage

Professor of Law

Penn State Dickinson Law

 

Hari M. Osofsky

Dean, Penn State Law and Penn State School of International Affairs

Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of International Affairs, and Professor of Geography

 

Paul L. Caron

Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law

Pepperdine University Rick J. Caruso School of Law

 

Fernando Moreno Orama

Dean

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico





Jennifer Gerarda Brown

Dean and Professor of Law

Quinnipiac University School of Law

 

Gregory W. Bowman

Dean & Professor of Law

Roger Williams University School of Law

 

DavidLopez

Co-Dean & Professor of Law

Rutgers Law School

 

Kimberly M. Mutcherson

Co-Dean & Professor of Law

Rutgers Law School

 

Elizabeth Kronk Warner

Dean

S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

 

William P. Johnson

Dean and Professor of Law

Saint Louis University School of Law

 

Judith Daar

Ambassador Patricia L. Herbold Dean and Professor of Law

Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University

 

Douglas J. Sylvester

Dean and Professor of Law

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

 

Anna M. Han

Interim Dean

Santa Clara University School of Law

 

Camille M. Davidson

Dean and Professor of Law

School of Law, Southern Illinois University

 

Martin H. Brinkley

Dean and Arch T. Allen Distinguished Professor

School of Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Annette E. Clark

Dean and Professor of Law

Seattle University School of Law

 

Kathleen M. Boozang

Dean and Professor of Law

Seton Hall University School of Law

 

Jennifer M. Collins

Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law

SMU Dedman School of Law

 

John Pierre

Chancellor

Southern University Law Center

 

Susan Westerberg Prager

President and Dean

Southwestern Law School

 

Michael A. Simons

Dean and John V. Brennan Professor of Law

St. John’s University School of Law

 

Jenny S. Martinez

Richard E. Lang Professor of Law & Dean

Stanford Law School

 

Michèle Alexandre

Dean and Professor of Law

Stetson University College of Law

 

Andrew Perlman

Dean & Professor of Law

Suffolk University Law School

 

Craig M. Boise

Dean and Professor of Law

Syracuse University College of Law

 

Gregory N. Mandel

Dean & Peter J. Liacouras Professor of Law

Temple University, Beasley School of Law

 

Dayna Bowen Matthew

Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law

The George Washington University Law School




Christopher J. (C.J.) Peters

Dean and C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Professor of Law

The University of Akron School of Law

 

Mark E. Brandon

Dean and Thomas E. McMillan Professor of Law

The University of Alabama School of Law

 

Katharine Traylor Schaffzin

Dean & Professor of Law

The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

 

Sergio Pareja

Dean

The University of New Mexico School of Law

 

Benjamin Barros

Dean and Professor of Law

The University of Toledo College of Law

 

Lyn Suzanne Entzeroth

Dean and Dean John Rogers Endowed Chair

The University of Tulsa College of Law

 

Daniel M. Filler

Dean and Professor of Law

Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University

 

Elena B. Langan

Dean and Professor of Law

Touro Law Center

 

David D. Meyer

Dean and Mitchell Franklin Professor of Law

Tulane University Law School

 

Theresa Beiner

Dean & Nadine Baum Distinguished Professor of Law

UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law

 

Kevin R. Johnson

Dean

UC Davis School of Law

 

Jennifer L. Mnookin

Dean and Ralph and Shirley Shapiro Professor of Law

UCLA School of Law

 

Darby Dickerson

Dean and Professor of Law

UIC John Marshall Law School, The University of Illinois at Chicago

 

Barbara Glesner Fines

Dean & Rubey M. Hulen Professor of Law

UMKC School of Law

 

Aviva Abramovsky

Dean and Professor of Law

University at Buffalo School of Law, The State University of New York

 

Marc L. Miller

Dean & Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

 

Margaret Sova McCabe

Dean & Professor of Law

University of Arkansas School of Law

 

Ronald Weich

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Baltimore School of Law

 

David L. Faigman

Chancellor & Dean and John F. Digardi Distinguished Professor of Law

University of California Hastings College of the Law

 

Erwin Chemerinsky

Dean and Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law

University of California, Berkeley School of Law

 

L. Song Richardson

Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law

University of California, Irivine School of Law

 

Thomas J. Miles

Dean and Clifton R. Musser Professor of Law and Economics

University of Chicago Law School

 

Verna L. Williams

Dean and Nippert Professor of Law

University of Cincinnati College of Law

 

S. James Anaya

Dean and University Distinguished Professor

University of Colorado Law School



Eboni S. Nelson

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Connecticut School of Law

 

Andrew Strauss

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Dayton School of Law

 

Bruce P. Smith

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

 

Phyllis L. Crocker

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

 

Laura Ann Rosenbury

Dean and Levin, Mabie & Levin Professor of Law

University of Florida Levin College of Law

 

Peter B. Rutledge

Dean

University of Georgia School of Law

 

Camille A. Nelson

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, William S. Richardson School of Law

 

Leonard M. Baynes

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Houston Law Center

 

Jerrold Long

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Idaho College of Law

 

Vikram David Amar

Dean and Iwan Foundation Professor of Law

University of Illinois College of Law

 

Stephen W. Mazza

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Kansas School of Law

 

Mary J. Davis

Dean and Ashland-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law

University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law

 

Donald B. Tobin

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

 

Eric J. Mitnick

Dean & Professor of Law

University of Massachusetts School of Law

 

Anthony E. Varona

Dean and M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law

University of Miami School of Law

 

Mark D. West

Dean and Nippon Life Professor of Law

University of Michigan Law School

 

Garry W. Jenkins

Dean & William S. Pattee Professor of Law

University of Minnesota Law School

 

Susan H. Duncan

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Mississippi

 

Lyrissa Lidsky

Dean & Judge C.A. Leedy Professor of Law

University of Missouri School of Law

 

Richard Moberly

Dean and Richard C. & Catherine S. Schmoker Professor of Law

University of Nebraska College of Law

 

Daniel W. Hamilton

Dean & Richard J. Morgan Professor of Law

University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law

 

Megan Carpenter

Dean and Professor of Law

University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law

 

Michael S. McGinniss

Dean and Professor of Law

University of North Dakota School of Law

 

Katheleen R. Guzman 

Interim Dean and Professor

University of Oklahoma College of Law

Marcilynn A. Burke

Dean and Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law

University of Oregon School of Law

 

Theodore W. Ruger

Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law

University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

 

Amy J. Wildermuth

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Pittsburgh School of Law

 

Vivian I. Neptune

Dean

University of Puerto Rico School of Law

 

Wendy C. Perdue

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Richmond School of Law

 

Robert Schapiro

Dean and Professor of Law

University of San Diego School of Law

 

Susan H. Freiwald

Dean and Professor of Law

University of San Francisco School of Law

 

William C. Hubbard

Dean and Professor of Law

University of South Carolina School of Law



Neil Fulton

Dean

University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law

 

Andrew T. Guzman

Dean and CarlMason Franklin Chair in Law, and Professor of Law and Political Science

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

 

Robert K. Vischer

Dean and Mengler Chair in Law

University of St. Thomas School of Law

 

Douglas BlazeInterim 

Dean and Art Stolnitz and E.O. Overton Professor of Law

University of Tennessee College of Law

 

Renée McDonald Hutchins

Dean & Rauh Chair of Public Interest Law

University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law

 

Michael Hunter Schwartz

Dean and Professor of Law

University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

 

Risa Goluboff

Dean and Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law and Professor of History

University of Virginia School of Law

 

Mario L. Barnes

Toni Rembe Dean and Professor of Law

University of Washington School of Law

Daniel P. Tokaji

Fred W. & Vi Miller Dean and Professor of Law

University of Wisconsin Law School

 

Klint Alexander

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Wyoming College of Law

 

Chris Guthrie

Dean 

Vanderbilt Law School

 

Thomas McHenry

President and Dean

Vermont Law School

 

Mark C. Alexander

Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law

Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

 

Jane H Aiken

Dean and Professor of Law

Wake Forest Law School

 

Carla D. Pratt

Dean and Professor of Law

Washburn University School of Law

 

Brant J. Hellwig

Dean and Professor of Law

Washington and Lee University School of Law

 

Nancy Staudt

Dean and Howard & Caroline Cayne Distinguished Professor of Law

Washington University School of Law

 

Richard A. Bierschbach

Dean and Professor of Law

Wayne State University Law School

 

James McGrath

Dean and President

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

 

Sudha Setty

Dean and Professor of Law

Western New England University School of Law

 

Allen K. Easley

Dean & Professor of Law

Western State College of Law at Westcliff University

 

Brian Gallini

Dean & Professor of Law

Willamette University College of Law

 

A. Benjamin Spencer

Dean & Chancellor Professor

William & Mary Law School

 

John E. Taylor

Interim Dean and Jackson Kelly Professor of Law

WVU College of Law

 

Heather K. Gerken

Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law

Yale Law School