We write to express solidarity with students who, over the last week, have made public their grief and frustration arising from the presence of implicit bias and racism at Stanford Law School. As faculty of color we understand how difficult it can be to share these experiences and we are deeply moved by their courage.
We are also painfully aware from our own experience that these problems are real and persistent on this campus and in this law school, and, as importantly, that past measures simply have not been equal to the challenge. We love this school, we love the law and we publicly affirm our commitment to bring the practices of both into sharper alignment with the very highest standards of the profession.
Ralph Richard Banks, Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law
Rabia Belt, assistant professor of law
Marcus Cole, William F. Baxter-Visa International Professor of Law
Richard Thompson Ford, George E. Osborne Professor of Law
William B. Gould IV, Charles A. Beardsley Professor of Law, Emeritus
Jenny S. Martinez, professor of law and Warren Christopher Professor in the Practice of International Law and Diplomacy
Shirin Sinnar (JD ’03), associate professor and John A. Wilson Faculty Scholar
Jayashri Srikantiah, professor of law and director, Immigrants’ Rights Clinic
Norman W. Spaulding (JD ’97), Nelson Bowman Sweitzer and Marie B. Sweitzer Professor of Law
Ronald C. Tyler, associate professor of law and director, Criminal Defense Clinic