Last weekend, we celebrated for the first time, Cahn Legacy Weekend. This was an action-packed weekend where we honored our founders Jean Camper Cahn and Edgar Cahn. The weekend kicked off with a memorial honoring the life and career of Edgar Cahn. Many local and national luminaries spoke about Dr. Cahn’s work and its impact on the legal profession. About Dr. Cahn, Ralph Nader wrote, in his In the Public Interest blog, that, “… [Dr. Cahn] embodied the wisdom in a 15th century (Ming Dynasty) philosopher’s epigram: “To know and not to do is not yet to know.” Our second installment of Cahn Legacy Weekend included our tribute to co-founder Jean Camper Cahn with an event entitled Black Women Leading in Law.
During this event, UDC Law Interim Dean, Twinette Johnson, interviewed Dean Danielle Conway from Penn State Carey Law School about her leadership journey and what Jean Camper Cahn, as the first woman to found a law school, meant to her. Dean Conway’s words simultaneously lifted Jean Camper Cahn’s legacy as co-founder of our predecessor law school (Antioch Law School) and encouraged us to show up as our authentic selves in leadership spaces. Cahn Legacy Weekend also included our Law Review Symposium entitled The Supreme Court Revocations. UDC Law students hosted alumni, scholars, professors, local attorneys in leading discussions on recent Supreme Court Decisions.
The community participation was robust and thoughtful and reminded us all that we have work to do in making our society more just. The weekend wrapped up with an event to unveil a permanent photo installation capturing the first year of Antioch Law. Alumna Nancy Shia photographed the first year. Ms. Shia’s work captures the spirit of Antioch Law and reminds us all that that spirit is alive and well at UDC Law. Cahn Legacy weekend reminded us that we are Jean Camper Cahn’s and Edgar Cahn’s legacies and with their foundation and our determination, we will continue to train students to practice law, promote justice and change lives. Thank you to all who made Cahn Legacy Weekend the success that it was.