More Appreciation Needed in Graduation Ceremonies

By: Gabriela Rios | Associate | gabriela.rios@procopio.com Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com On October 15, 2017, Governor Brown vetoed Assembly Bill 233, which would have guaranteed students the right to wear religious, ceremonial, or cultural adornments at school graduation ceremonies.  In his veto message Governor Brown stated that “Students have a well-established right […]

Appreciating Diversity in Graduation Ceremonies

By: Gabriela M. Rios | Associate | gabriela.rios@procopio.com Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com High School Graduation is a significant accomplishment for every high school student and their families. The graduation ceremony honors those students for that accomplishment and is a time when their families and communities can take pride in their accomplishments. Schools […]

Pride or Prejudice: Native Regalia and Graduation Ceremonies

Over the past weekend, many celebrated the 240th birthday of the United States with fireworks, food, and flying the nation’s flag. Red, white, and blue stars and stripes found on everything from cupcakes to clothing. We see similar celebrations around high school graduation time; families blasting airhorns at commencement, throwing parties, decorating homes and cars in school colors, all to honor the accomplishments of young scholars. However, a particular way of celebrating seems to cause a stir every year: Native graduates wearing tribal regalia.

BLOGGING ALL OVER THE WORLD IN 2016

By:      Ted J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com As we look forward to what 2017 may bring, we thought that it might be instructive to review our readers’ interests in 2016.  Thanks to those more tech savvy than yours truly, I was able to determine that the Blogging Circle was read in 10 countries […]

Increasing the Numbers: Effective Recruitment of Native American Law Students

Diversity is a hot topic in legal education, specifically, the lack of diversity at American law schools. Though law school admissions professionals strive to build diverse student bodies, the recruitment (and retention) of minority candidates remains stagnant. My experience on admissions committees and anecdotal evidence from other law school admission professionals identifies a primary problem: there are not enough minority candidates.

U.S. Department of Education Announces Upcoming Cities on its First-Ever School Environment Listening Tour for Native American Students

By: Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE) has announced it is having listening sessions on Native students’ educational environments throughout Indian Country in November. The listening sessions will give tribal governments, tribal citizens, educators, parents, community members and students the opportunity to speak with White […]