Condemning Anti-Asian Violence

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Dear Fordham Law Community,

Earlier this month, I sent a note condemning the recent spate of anti-Asian violence and expressing solidarity with our Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA). Given the shootings in Atlanta earlier this week, which appear to be the latest in a series of anti-Asian crimes, as well as an assault on a Fordham Law student here in New York, I want to reiterate this message and share the latest statement from APALSA.

There is a shamefully long history of violence in society and discrimination in our legal system. As a law school and as a community of lawyers and future lawyers, we have a special obligation to stand unequivocally for the rule of law and to loudly and clearly condemn these vicious racist attacks.

These terrible events take a toll on us all. For students seeking counseling services, I want to note that the counseling and psychological services group, directed by Dr. Jeff Ng, has extended their services. For faculty and staff, the LifeWorks Employee Assistance Program provides no-cost confidential services to help Fordham employees and their family members address challenges.

I also want to draw your attention to public safety resources:

As Father McShane noted, it is in moments like these that we should enlarge our circle of compassion. It is critical always, but especially now, that we come together and work in the service of others to help make our profession, society, and world more inclusive, safe, and equitable for all.

Warmly,

Matthew Diller
Dean and Paul Fuller Professor of Law
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