Keynote Luncheon - At the Crossroads: Considering the Road Ahead; Celebrating the Road Behind
In an America at a cultural crux between “great leaps forward” and “many steps back,” black Americans, who are no strangers to hardship, continue to fight for equality. And while that struggle wages on, the promises fulfilled by black leaders of generations past should be considered and celebrated. Please join us for a networking luncheon and special keynote from Presiding Judge M. Yvette Miller of the Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia.
Judge Miller was appointed by Governor Roy Barnes on July 12, 1999, and became the 65th Judge on the Court. She is the first African-American woman to sit on the Court and to serve as its Chief Judge. During her tenure as Chief Judge, Judge Miller implemented the e-filing initiative, which has improved access to the appellate court for attorneys and parties throughout the state of Georgia.
The Honorable M. Yvette Miller, Presiding Judge, Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia
Invisible (Wo)men: Bolstering the Black Lawyer Pipeline
Fair access to the legal system is vital for the success of American justice. Yet with limited or declining legal career opportunities, and the mounting cost of a legal education deterring many qualified individuals, the need to address challenges facing current and future generations of black lawyers has never been greater. This important conversation examines the ways law schools, law firms, and legal ecosystem participants can help bolster the black candidate pipeline. Our accomplished panel will offer perspectives on successful strategies to recruit, matriculate and help prepare black law school students for the rigors ahead.
Samuel M. Matchett, Diversity Partner, King & Spalding LLP
Jeremy Bloom, Senior Vice President, NALP Foundation
James B. Hughes, Jr, Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
Jenna Jackson, Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Programs, University of Georgia School of Law
Maurice A. Watson, Partner, Husch Blackwell LLP
“A More Perfect Union”: Attracting, Retaining and Promoting Black Legal Talent
Although many legal employers make it a priority to attract black candidates, despite the best of intentions, many fall short of their D&I goals or express frustration with the inability to retain diverse talent. This session features panelists who are helping their corporate legal department or law firm create opportunities to connect with and develop African American lawyers. What lessons can be shared about (un)successful professional development initiatives? What opportunities are available for rising stars to continue along their upward trajectory?
Anita Wallace Thomas, Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
Robert J. Grey, Jr., Senior Counsel – Retired, Hunton & Williams LLP; President, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
Tori M. Silas, Senior Counsel, Cox Enterprises
Mark Wasserman, Managing Partner, Eversheds Sutherland LLP
Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we wrap up the afternoon’s proceedings.
The Woodruff Arts Center
Memorial Arts Building
1280 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Meetings will take place in the Rich Theater and Center Space rooms on the main level of the Memorial Arts Building.
Please click here for driving directions and information on parking.
Thomson Reuters has not arranged a room block for out of town guests. However, interested parties are welcome to consider a number of conveniently situated hotels within walking distance of the Woodruff Arts Center.
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
W Atlanta Midtown (0.3 mi)
Residence Inn Atlanta Midtown/Peachtree at 17th Street (0.3 mi)
Loews Atlanta Hotel (0.5 mi)