CLE Credits: Approved for 2 General CLE Credits
Building on her personal experience as a multiracial woman and her professional experience as a racial justice lawyer and law faculty member focused on social justice and DEI, Associate Dean Alexi Freeman will lead a tangible and digestible discussion on critical race theory. Freeman will discuss the origins of critical race theory, definitional components of critical race theory, intersections with other critical studies, and the application of critical race theory to the practice of law and personal lives. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of CRT and clarity on how to incorporate CRT strategies and frameworks in their own work, if they so choose.
About Alexi Freeman
At Denver Law, Alexi Freeman leads our nationally recognized externship program, teaches social change lawyering courses, and oversees a range of efforts dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion. Freeman was awarded the prestigious Robert B. Yegge Excellence in Teaching Award at Denver Law in 2019, after teaching here for only 6 years, as well as named the University Faculty Career Champion for All Graduate Students (based on student submissions for all faculty across university graduate departments) by the University of Denver Career Services. Freeman is very honored to also regularly be a recipient of the Student Bar Association’s mentorship award. She has been the recipient of multiple grants from IRISE and the Center for Community Engagement.
Freeman has a distinguished record working alongside low-income communities and communities of color as a racial justice and legal advocate. Prior to joining Denver Law, Freeman worked as an attorney at Advancement Project, a national civil rights group, where she assisted grassroots organizations across the country on social justice advocacy campaigns around education and juvenile justice policy, housing, and voting rights issues. Freeman continues to support grassroots communities and social justice movements pro bono. She also serves on the board of the ACLU of Colorado and on various academic committees around experiential learning, and regularly presents on topics related to diversity and equity, movement lawyering, and externships.
Freeman received a JD from Harvard Law School, where she was recognized for her leadership on campus and public service commitment, and a B.A. in Journalism and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She first became interested in issues of racial and social justice as a child growing up in an interracial and interfaith family. She is also a proud working mother, spending her weekends attending her children’s sports games and dance/music lessons.