Local dean joins 156 law school deans in rare joint statement about the election and events in the Capitol

On January 12, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law Dean Phyllis L. Crocker joined 156 law school deans from across the country in issuing a statement addressing the 2020 election and the events that took place last week in the United States Capitol. It is rare for such a diverse group of law deans to come together to issue a statement outside of the realm of legal education.

“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,” opens the statement. “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.”

“It is important as law school deans that we offer a unified voice against the violence we saw last week in the Capitol,” commented Crocker. “We play an important role in educating the next generation of lawyers who will be essential in upholding the United States Constitution.”

The joint statement reflects on the necessity of lawyers and legal educators in this moment. “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,” reads the statement. “We call upon all members of the legal profession to join us in the vital work ahead.”

To read the full statement and see the list of signatories, visit https://law.yale.edu/sites/default/files/documents/pdf/law_deans_joint_statement_1.12.21_final.pdf

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