Welcome back to Ahead of the Curve. I’m Karen Sloan, legal education editor at Law.com, and I’ll be your host for this weekly look at innovation and notable developments in legal education.

This week, I’m delving into some early findings from Southwestern law professor Meera Deo’s Pandemic Effects study, which gauges how law professors are faring in the COVID-19 era—particularly women of color, untenured faculty, and caregivers. Deo found that the pandemic has exacerbated the myriad challenges these faculty already faced, and her research raises red flags for the legal academy’s diversity push. Next, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is now the fourth law school to adopt a racism and the law course requirement.