The (Olivas) Faculty Recruitment Initiative
The Faculty Recruitment Initiative is an effort by several law faculty leaders from around the country aimed to provide a resource for law students from a host of non-traditional backgrounds interested in entering the academy. If you are interested in the Initiative, please contact Ediberto Roman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This group of faculty friends will be asked to "adopt" individual candidates, and some will attend conferences such a LLSA, NBA, HNBA, and others regional law conferences near their respective cities. This model will follow the Herculean efforts Michael Olivas undertook decades ago when he almost single-handedly changed the number of the Latinx law professoriate from 20+ members when he started to eventually over 200 members, a number that has remained largely stagnant for decades. Given that the initiative will include several committed law faculty, the initiative's team is confident they can reach and affect an even broader group. In the coming weeks, leaders at FIU will be sending out letters to student groups around the country, which will include Latinx, Black, Asian, and Native American student associations.
For those interested students that may not be ready to enter the academy, the initiative will recommend and direct these students to LLM programs, etc., and generally try to provide them useful advice on how they might be able to fulfill their dreams.