The Ronnie F. Heyman ’72 Crossing Divides Program establishes a formal speaker series that brings together high-profile leaders from opposite sides of major national debates to discuss how they bridge differences and work to understand each other.
The program, announced in October 2023, is designed to foster discourse across the political and ideological spectrum and reinforce the core values of lawyering.
The Crossing Divides Program will also provide co-teaching opportunities for courses and support student initiatives that reinforce this work.
“At a moment when the world is increasingly polarized, our ability to work through differences and uphold the finest values of this profession has never been more critical,” said Dean Heather K. Gerken. “At Yale Law School, we have a storied tradition of not only crossing divides, but forging friendships across divides.”
The Crossing Divides Program is part of the Tsai Leadership Program at Yale Law School. Over the coming year, the program will announce additional events and opportunities for students to engage on these critical issues and develop core leadership skills.