The Association of Legal Writing Directors offered Associate Professor Tiffany Atkins L’11 with its 2022 ALWD Diversity Award throughout a July convention in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Legal Writing Institute.
An Elon Law college member has been honored for her success in advancing the values of diversity, fairness, and inclusion in American legal education.
Associate Professor Tiffany Atkins L’11 was bestowed with the 2022 ALWD Diversity Award by the Association of Legal Writing Directors throughout a July convention organized by the Legal Writing Institute.
The ALWD Diversity Award honors an individual who has made vital accomplishments in the realm of DEI or has demonstrated a powerful dedication to promoting DEI. ALWD created the award in 2020 “in furtherance of its continued commitment to contributing to a legal writing discipline that is equitable and inclusive.”
Over the previous yr, Atkins has been a outstanding voice in assist of the values of diversity, fairness, and inclusion in the legal career. She has been a useful resource for journalists overlaying the nomination and affirmation of Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court of the United States, and she or he printed a column in USA TODAY concerning the historic significance of Jackson’s nomination.
At Elon Law, Atkins has organized a Black History Month writing competitors for college students, and she or he commonly helps to plan and lead an annual Donning of the Kente ceremony throughout Commencement week for graduates who have fun their African heritage.
Atkins’s 2020 journal article “#ForTheCulture: Generation Z and the Future of Legal Education” appeared in the Michigan Journal of Race and Law the place she referred to as on the legal academy to start “getting serious” about diversity by making a stronger tradition of inclusion and activism.
“It’s an honor to receive the 2022 ALWD diversity award in recognition of my efforts to promote DEI through my writing, activism, and service,” Atkins stated. “I’m grateful to the ALWD community for this recognition and hope my work inspires others to attune themselves to the ongoing work of racial equity and inclusion.”
It is the second yr in a row that Atkins has been honored by the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She acquired the group’s 2021 Outstanding Service Award in recognition of her work co-chairing the group’s Biennial Leadership Academy Subcommittee.
Atkins graduated from Elon Law in 2011 because the recipient of the David Gergen Award for Leadership and Professionalism. She taught in the Legal Method & Communication Program from 2016-2018, then spent a yr at Wake Law’s Legal Analysis, Writing and Research program earlier than rejoining the Elon Law college.
She is a member of the regulation college’s Antiracism Working Group and the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers, a neighborhood of regulation academics, regulation college directors, librarians, tutorial assist consultants, college students and associates “working for more than 40 years to improve the legal profession, the law academy and expand the power of law to under-served communities.”
Prior to her entry into legal education, Atkins labored for a number of years in Greensboro at Legal Aid of North Carolina. She is a graduate of UNC Greensboro’s Political Science and African-American Studies applications.