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The Association of Legal Writing Directors presented Associate Professor Tiffany Atkins L’11 with the 2022 ALWD Diversity Award at a July conference in Washington, DC hosted by the Legal Writing Institute.

Elon Law faculty and staff are honored for their success in promoting the values ​​of diversity, equity, and inclusion in American legal education.

Associate Professor Tiffany Atkins L’11 was presented with the 2022 ALWD Diversity Award by the Association of Legal Writing Directors at a July conference hosted by the Legal Writing Institute.

The ALWD Diversity Award honors those who have made significant achievements in the field of DEI or who have demonstrated a strong commitment to promoting DEI. ALWD said he created the award in 2020 “to promote our continued commitment to contributing to an equitable and inclusive legal writing discipline.”

Over the past year, Atkins has been an important voice in supporting the values ​​of diversity, equity and inclusion in the legal profession. She is a journalist resource covering the nomination and confirmation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court, and she has a column in USA TODAY about the historical significance of Jackson’s nomination.

At Elon Law, Atkins hosts a Black History Month writing competition for students and regularly helps plan and lead the Donning of Kente ceremony during the annual graduation week to celebrate the African heritage of graduates. increase.

Atkins’ 2020 journal article, “#ForTheCulture: Generation Z and the Future of Legal Education,” published in the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, calls on law academies to create a stronger culture of inclusion and activism. called for people to “start getting serious” about diversity. .

“I am honored to receive the 2022 ALWD Diversity Award for my efforts to advance DEI through my writing, activism and service,” said Atkins. “I am grateful to his ALWD community for giving me this recognition. I hope my work inspires others to join us in our ongoing efforts for racial equity and inclusion.” I have.”

This is the second year in a row that Atkins has been honored by the Association of Legal Writing Directors. She received the organization’s 2021 Outstanding Service Award in recognition of her achievements in co-chairing the organization’s Biennial Leadership Her Academy Subcommittee.

Atkins graduated from Elon Law in 2011 and was awarded the David Gergen Award for Leadership and Professionalism. She taught in the Legal Method & Communication Program from her 2016 until 2018, after which she spent a year in Wake Law’s Legal Analysis, Writing and Research program before she enrolled in Elon Law’s undergraduate program. participated again.

She is a member of the Law School Anti-Racism Task Force and has served as a Law School Teacher, Law School Administrator, Librarian, Academic Support Professional, Student and Affiliated Community of American Law Teachers. He is also a member of the association’s board of directors and has “worked for more than 40 years to improve the legal profession, law academies and extend the power of law to underserved communities.”

Prior to his legal education, he worked for several years with North Carolina Legal Aid in Greensboro. She is a graduate of UNC Greensboro’s Political Science and African American Studies Program.

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