Strength in Numbers Celebrating African American Representation in the Law

Event Details

May 09, 2018

11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Atlanta, GA

$395 USD

Strength in Numbers is dedicated to exploring the current and future representation of African American lawyers in the US legal community. As both a celebration of the myriad challenges African Americans lawyers have overcome throughout their careers, and an acknowledgment of the work left ahead, this program invites participants to share ideas and glean strategic clarity around solutions and opportunities currently in place across the profession.

Online registration now available!

Special Offers

Group discounts available. Please call 1-800-308-1700 for details.

Why You Should Attend

  • As one of the world’s most ethical companies, Thomson Reuters considers it an honor and ethical obligation to connect passionate advocates with key power brokers from across the profession.
  • Unlike other similarly-themed programs, our summit focuses on practical solutions to create meaningful, lasting change within the industry.
  • Attendees are asked to engage peers by sharing their own experiences throughout the day

    Who Should Attend

  • Diversity & Inclusion Professionals
  • Corporate Counsel
  • Law Firm Attorneys & Professionals
  • Event Co-Chairs

    Alanna C. Rutherford

    Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

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    Bakari Sellers

    Attorney, Strom Law Firm LLC

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    Deirdre Stanley

    Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Board Secretary, Thomson Reuters

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    Event Keynote Speaker

    M. Yvette Miller

    Presiding Judge, Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia

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    Event Details

    Wednesday, May 09

    11:30 AM
    11:55 AM
    Welcome Remarks
    12:05 PM
    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.

    Keynote Presenter:
    The Honorable M. Yvette Miller, Presiding Judge, Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia

    1:20 PM
    1:30 PM
    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

    2:30 PM
    2:45 PM
    “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

    3:45 PM
    Closing Remarks
    4:00 PM
    Networking Reception

    Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we wrap up the afternoon’s proceedings.

    M. Yvette Miller

    Presiding Judge, Court of Appeals of the State of Georgia

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    Jeremy Bloom

    Senior Vice President
    The NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education

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    Robert Grey

    President, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

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    Maurice A. Watson

    Chairman, Husch Blackwell LLP

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    The Woodruff Arts Center

    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.

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    Nearby Hotels

    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)


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