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raceXgender in Legal Academia: Challenges and Opportunities Professor Meera E. Deo will discuss her book "Unequal Profession: Race and Gender in Legal Academia," on March 10 in Classroom A.

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Professor Meera E. Deo will visit the law school to discuss her book “Unequal Profession: Race and Gender in Legal Academia” on March 10 at 4 p.m. in Classroom A.

The book draws from Deo’s Diversity in Legal Academia project, the first formal empirical study of its kind, in which the author investigates intersectional race and gender challenges–and opportunities–for law professors. The book looks at ongoing biases as well as some strategies and structural solutions to combat them.

Deo is the Director of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement at Indiana University and is a Visiting Professor at UC Davis School of Law.  She has previously held visiting positions at Berkeley Law, UC Irvine School of Law, and UCLA School of Law.

As a practicing attorney, she worked in civil rights law with the ACLU National Legal Department in New York City, focusing specifically on litigation involving privacy and cyberspace law. She has also been a Staff Attorney for Women’s Health, and Director of the Breast Cancer Legal Project at the California Women’s Law Center, a statewide women’s advocacy nonprofit based in Los Angles. Numerous grants and organizations supported Deo’s doctoral dissertation on the social capital benefits of membership in law student organizations.

She is a regular speaker at national and regional conferences.

Deo received her Ph.D. at the University of California, Los Angeles, her J.D. at the University of Michigan School of Law, and her B.A. at the University of California, Berkely.