Associate Professor Tonya M. Evans joins the law school’s senior leadership team as the Associate Dean of Inclusion and Equity.
Dean Evans’ new role includes overseeing the law school’s implementation of its strategic plan, practices, and policies related to diversity, inclusion, and equity in the classroom and legal profession.
Her goal is to inspire and sustain a law school community that champions a culture of respect, civility, professionalism, and inclusivity.
To that end, Dean Evans will oversee and implement the greater University’s strategic goals regarding diversity to:
- Continue to foster a campus climate that values multiple perspectives and experiences.
- Prepare all students for success in a diverse and global society.
- Expand and promote access, equity, and success for disadvantaged and underrepresented students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
- Create and sustain institutional structures and processes to support a culture of inclusivity.
- Promote scholarship related to diversity and inclusive excellence.
She will continue to teach in the areas of intellectual property, property, wills and trusts and entertainment law.
“We are preparing our students for success in a diverse and global society,” said Widener Law Commonwealth Dean Christian Johnson. “I know that Associate Dean Evans will work to create and sustain a campus environment that will promote access, equity and success for underrepresented students, faculty, staff and administration as well as the greater legal community.”
Insight into Diversity and Widener
Recently, Widener University was named, along with a select group of institutions nationwide, to receive an INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine‘s 2016 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award, which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. Widener is one of only 83 institutions in the United States to receive the award this year, and the only one in the Philadelphia region.
“As a leading metropolitan university, Widener has made a concerted effort to create a campus community that is dedicated to diversity and inclusion, and I’m very pleased that we are being recognized with the HEED Award,” said Widener President Julie E. Wollman.
A Note About Diversity at Widener
Widener celebrates diversity and embraces multiculturalism as it strives to maintain an inclusive and welcoming campus community. Widener encourages all students, faculty, staff, and guests on campus to respect the dignity of every individual and honor the value of their contribution to its community.
Widener University leadership is also aware that incidents of bias and hate crimes have increased on college campuses around the country. It condemns such acts and encourages all members of our community to follow its bias protocol.
I am excited to announce that I accepted an invitation to teach Wills & Trusts at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law during the summer session.
This course covers intestate succession; testamentary capacity; execution, revocation, and component parts of wills; interpretation of wills; will substitutes; creation and interpretation of inter vivos and testamentary trusts; powers of appointment; professional standards and fiduciary responsibility. I will also lightly touch upon estate and trust administration.
Although this is not a course on document drafting, we will address ethical and practical considerations in drafting wills and trusts. The question we explore for every case is what the attorney could have done, should have done, or should not have done, in order to avoid litigation. Both the course and casebook, Contemporary Trusts and Estates (Susan Gary et al. , 2d. Aspen), approach the subject matter from an experiential, practical point of view to actively engage students in the material as practicing attorneys rather than law students.
Now that the semester is quickly coming to a close, my entertainment law students reflect in a recent interview on their experiences. They note the skills they’ve learned and the legal doctrine they’ve mastered during the process; from privacy to piracy to a “virtual practice” and everything in between:
“Arrielle Millstein of wRap JhAM Associates says, “Professor Evans introducing our Entertainment Law class to blogging on legal topics has opened my eyes. With the state of the job market, applicants need a beefed up resume to even get an interview, I think that Professor Evans really provided us with the knowledge and experience on how to create and ‘market’ ourselves through an effective blog allowing future employers prior to interviews to know that we know and keep up with a specific area of law.” Read more…
Last Updated: March 23, 2012 [8:05 PM]
If you are not aware of the Trayvon Martin murder and controversy, please take a moment to review the links below.
The case is receiving national and international attention as people of good conscience, regardless of race, rally in support of justice in this horrific case where a 17-year old high school boy was killed by a 28-year old man.
Trayvon, walking in his neighborhood in Sanford, Florida wearing a hoodie because it was raining, was carrying candy and a can of iced tea. George Zimmerman, his killer, was driving in his car, following Trayvon because he looked “suspicious” and armed with a 9 mil gun.
- Even President Obama has weighed in.
- Here’s a haunting photo of the Miami Heat wearing hoodies in solidarity as well.
- And “Justice for Trayvon” Community Page on FaceBook [updated 2/23/12 8:05 PM]
The point is not just ensuring Trayvon’s killer is arrested and tried but also to challenge the Florida “Stand Your Ground” law which apparently gives citizens the license to kill first and ask questions later. Note, however, the co-sponsor of the “Stand Your Ground” castle doctrine, FL State Representive Dennis Baxley, has stated the law as written would not apply to a case where the shooter pursues and confronts the victim. This tragedy should never happen again.
As a citizen, professor, lawyer and woman of color & conscience, I stand in solidarity with BLSA, with the nation and the world in support of Justice for Trayvon.
Justice is not just for some. But for all.
Here is the letter from the Black Law Students Association at Widener University School of Law:
On February 26, a 17-year old African-American boy named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by a self-appointed neighborhood watchmen who thought he looked suspicious because he was wearing a hoodie (hooded sweatshirt). Nearly a month later, this gunman has yet to be charged or arrested.
The gunman has claimed self-defense, and local authorities have not yet charge him because of provisions in Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law. Awareness of this tragedy has been spreading over the news and social media networks.
For some information regarding the Trayvon Martin controversy and the “Stand Your Ground law, please see the links below:
The Black Law Student Association of the Widener Harrisburg campus feels strongly that justice has yet to be served in this case. As law students, we should be concerned with fairness and equality in all levels of the legal system.
Events expressing the disapproval of the lack of action by authorities have been organized all over the country, including law schools. On Monday, March 26, we are asking members of the Widener community to wear (1) all black or (2) a hoodie in solidarity of justice for Trayvon Martin.
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