The Catholic University of America


Dean Miles is Keynote Speaker at AU Law Conference
on Women of Color in the Law

Dean Miles was the keynote speaker on March 30 for “Women of Color and the Law: Gaining Access, Achieving Success,” a two-day, interactive conference addressing challenges faced by women of color in the legal profession. The event was presented by American University Washington College of Law's Office of Diversity Services.

Using statistics in a presentation format, the dean discussed challenges faced by women of color in gaining greater access to legal education, employment, and services.
The conference  brought together prospective and currently-enrolled law students with jurists, practitioners, legal scholars, and providers and recipients of legal services, serving as a forum for participants to share experiences, offer counsel, foster mentorships, and honor pathfinders who are enabling greater access to success in the legal profession for women of color.
A pathfinder in her own right, Dean Miles assumed the deanship of Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 2005, becoming the first female and African-American top administrator in the law school’s history.
Two roundtable conversations took place among women from various areas of legal practice and the audience.
The morning panel, titled “Access to Legal Employment,” covered mentoring, managing, marriage, and more; and the afternoon roundtable panel, titled “Access to Legal Services,” engaged panelists and the audience in a discussion about various legal and ancillary services available to women and how the legal community can support them.