Director of Diversity Services
Room 237, Hazel Hall
At George Mason University School of Law we recognize that diversity is one of our greatest strengths. We value diversity not in an attempt to impress outsiders, but because we have found that our students are best prepared and our faculty is best served by being exposed to individuals who bring with them a variety of ideas, experiences, and perspectives. Being educated and trained here will take you beyond merely learning about cases and legal theories; you also will learn a great deal about the people who make up our world and the institutions we create and depend on.
We are extremely proud of the close-knit community we have worked very hard to create. We seek to provide an environment where all of our students can not only succeed, but where they will be challenged to build upon their potential, grow, and develop the skills that will ensure their success in future years.
We hope that you can join us and help us build on the success we have had thus far.
Director of Diversity Services
The Diversity Services Office serves as a resource to enhance the law school experience for all members of the Mason Law community in areas of diversity that include:
Many of our student organizations have a commitment to increased diversity awareness within the law school community. At Mason Law we have a number of student organizations whose goal is to promote ethnic/cultural, gender, sexual orientation and/or religious diversity. Follow the link to find out more about them.
Scholarship Opportunities—Many scholarship programs have a focus on diversity, and we provide students with a shortcut to that information.
Career and Internship Opportunities—Mason Law takes part in a variety of job fairs and programs targeting minority students throughout the year.
Outreach Connections—The Diversity Services Office maintains a listing of the various bar associations and organizations in the area that have a focus on diversity.
Recruiting Events—Stop by and introduce yourself at any of the law/graduate/professional school fairs at which Mason Law will be recruiting.
Conferences/Community Events for Pre-Law Students—Mason Law is involved in a variety of conferences and programs of interest.
Events for Current Mason Law Students—Our diversity-focused organizations are involved in events and activities all year long.
Fall 2013 Diversity Social
Black Law Students Association Service Project: Habitat for Humanity
Olivia Seo Wins ABA Student Writing Competition
Mason Law student Olivia Seo has won the top prize in the ABA Criminal Justice Section's 2013 William W. Greenhalgh Student Writing Competition.
Seo's entry, "Government Monitoring of Social Networks and the Reach of the Fourth Amendment," was selected for the award by a committee of practicing criminal law attorneys.
In addition to earning a $2,000 cash prize, Seo's entry is eligible for publication in the Section's scholarly magazine, Criminal Justice, which is published quarterly for a national audience of criminal law practitioners, judges, and academics.
Seo's award is to be presented at a Section meeting, to which Seo will receive airfare and accommodations. In addition, ABA's Criminal Justice Section will present the School of Law with a plaque to commemorate Seo's win.
Seo, who just completed her second year of law school, is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a BA in Philosophy/Psychology.
Victoria Walker Elected National Chair of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA)
Mason 3L Victoria Walker has been elected national chair of the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) for the academic year 2013–14, after serving for the past year as chair for the organization's Mid-Atlantic Region.
NBLSA is a national organization of African and African-American law students that works to further the professional needs and goals of black law students, to foster and encourage professional competence, and to instill in black attorneys and law students a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the black community.
“The theme for my term is Road to 50: An Evolving Legacy,” says Walker. “NBLSA will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2018, and I hope to continue to build up the infrastructure of the organization to support the celebration of such a momentous occasion.” In addition to that goal, Walker adds, “We will also continue to implement our advocacy and networking programs.”
In her role this year as chair of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Walker oversaw the implementation of all regional programs for the academic year, including foundational programs such as the Annual Job Fair, academic retreats, pre-law camps, and the Annual Regional Convention. Regional members were also introduced to some new initiatives, such as Mock Interview Day, a Voter Suppression Series, and a Winter Break Service Trip.
“I have been involved at the local, regional, and national levels of NBLSA because I believe the professional networking opportunities that are presented by this organization are simply unparalleled,” Walker explains. “I’ve had the opportunity to meet and get to know many of the current and future leaders of the legal profession (and other professions). NBLSA does a great job of helping law students get the most out of their law school experiences, and this is why I continue to participate in the organization.”
Mason Law has an active chapter of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) for which Walker served as the 2011–12 president and the 2012–13 treasurer. The local chapter works to provide a solid academic and social support system for its members and sponsors a number of community service activities. For information, go to org.law.gmu.edu/blsa/.
DID YOU KNOW...
You can download the Fairfax Bar Association Law Student Membership Application here.