Zelda B. Harris is interim dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She also serves as director of the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy, whose trial advocacy program is nationally ranked, and student teams regularly win regional, national, and international competitions. Harris served as associate dean of academic affairs for three and half years. She has more than 20 years of experience as a litigator and advocate on behalf of victims of family and intimate partner violence. Here, Dean Harris discusses the law school’s anti-racist mission, her proudest accomplishment, and why there’s never been a better time to attend law school.

On the School of Law’s anti-racist mission: We recently updated our School of Law mission to more accurately reflect our efforts to address the current and enduring challenges of systemic racism in our country. Specifically, we agreed to educate students to be responsible and compassionate lawyers, judges, and law-related leaders in an increasingly diverse and interdependent world; to prepare graduates who will be ethical advocates for justice and equity, who will lead efforts to dismantle the legal, economic, political, and social structures that generate and sustain racism and all forms of oppression, and who will advance a rule of law that promotes social justice; and to contribute to a deeper understanding of law, legal institutions, and systems of oppression through a commitment to transformation, intersectionality, and anti-subordination in our teaching, research, scholarship, and public service.