our broader community lost a wonderful law professor, a valued colleague, and a fierce advocate for justice. Anna Shavers was the Cline Williams Professor of Citizenship Law and the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the College of Law. But she was so much more for those of us who were able to call her our friend. Anna and I became good friends over the last five years as we worked closely together when Anna was Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion. Of course, I have known Anna for all my eighteen years on our faculty. It was an amazing gift for me to have gotten to know and be friends with Anna through our work. Work friends are an interesting strand of friendship—we don’t travel the world together or eat out at fancy restaurants. We may share anecdotes of our families, but people don’t necessarily invite work colleagues into that inner circle of spouses, children, and soccer games. Nevertheless, over time, you get to know a person through the banalities of conferences you attend together, of shared problem-solving, and of joint frustrations in the day-to-day grind of that activity that consumes so much of our lives: work. It was through work and work experiences that I got to know Anna. More specifically, Anna and I became close because I was in a lot of meetings with her. I mean, a lot of meetings—literally hundreds. We had weekly staff and administrator meetings, weekly one-onones, all-day Zoom retreats, lengthy faculty meetings, all-college town halls, and everything in between. In many ways, it is those experiences that I think has given me some insight into Anna, her approach to her work, and her impact on others.
In Memoriam–Anna Shavers,
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