2011 LEO Banquet Highlights Diversity with Keynote Donald "Del" Laverdure

A Commitment to Diversity

Each year, current UW Law School students, faculty and alums from around the country gather for the Legal Educational Opportunities (LEO) Banquet to celebrate our successes and reaffirm our commitment to maintaining one of the most interesting and dynamic learning environments in the country.

This year’s 25th anniversary banquet is hosted by The Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA).

ILSA is proud to welcome Donald “Del” Laverdure, deputy assistant secretary-Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of the Interior as the guest speaker. A 1999 alumnus of the University of Wisconsin Law School, Mr. Laverdure is an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Montana (Ties the Bundle Clan) with ancestry from the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana. He was appointed by Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk to the post of Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs in 2009.

The LEO Program

The LEO Program was established in 1967 to address issues of diversity within the student body. The support of the LEO Community as a whole has been instrumental in our continued ability to enroll diverse incoming classes. A testament to the efforts of current students, alums, faculty and staff is the fact that we maintain an average of 25% students of color in the student body year after year.

“Without LEO,” says a former UW law student, “I would not have made it through law school.”

How to Register

This year's banquet will be held on Saturday, March 26, at the Concourse Hotel, 1 West Dayton Street, Madison, WI (608) 257-6000. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., and dinner at 7:00 p.m. All attendees are then invited to an after-party! Tickets are available at wisconsinlawalumni.com.

Register today and support diversity at UW Law School.  

Submitted by UW Law News on February 28, 2011

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