AZAT: Are you still looking for volunteers?
OTU: Yes, we would like to have a pool of volunteers, law
students and attorneys. Our volunteers are trained and supported through the project. We receive good feedback from
the school and the students, because we don’t lecture; we
give them things to do.
AZAT: Like what?
OTU: For example, we don’t tell them what an attorney
does. Broken up into groups, we ask them to find a name
for their imaginary town and then write an ad to hire an
attorney—whatever criteria they are looking for. They come
up with all kinds of things. And then we have the attorneys
and students talk to them about what an attorney does.
AZAT: When I saw the posters the students created (see
http://tinyurl.com/2cqaar9), they came up with pretty
good descriptions of what would make a good attorney.
OTU:Yes, because they are very free to think about their
own perception of who an attorney is and what an attorney
does, because they haven’t been told.
AZAT: In the draft of your department’s annual report, you
mention the Diversity Leadership Alliance; what is that?
OTU: It came together about eight years ago, and it brings
together practitioners of diversity monthly. We have workshops and talk about different subjects. Every year, we have
an annual conference, which will attract from 2,000 to