ATLANTA — As part of an organizational commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion across the profession, the Legal Executive Institute is proud to present Strength in Numbers: Advancing African American Representation in the Law on May 9 in Atlanta. Held at the Woodruff Arts Center in the heart of Midtown, Strength in Numbers recognizes the unique challenges and triumphs African American lawyers face today, whether as law school applicants, newly-minted lawyers, or mid- to senior-level legal practitioners.
In an era where impassioned, divisive — or, in some instances, hateful — rhetoric has threatened to erode our nation’s moral and constitutional fabric, the need to celebrate, reflect and indeed persevere in the face of mounting sociopolitical headwinds cannot be understated. Strength in Numbers offers a practical and exceedingly hopeful take on collaborative solutions toward improving the black lawyer pipeline and helping recruit and develop black legal talent.
Our program opens with a keynote luncheon featuring The Honorable M. Yvette Miller, Presiding Judge of the Court of Appeals for the State of Georgia. Judge Miller is the first African-American woman to sit on the Court and to serve as its Chief Judge. Prior to her appointment to the Court of Appeals, Judge Miller worked as one of the first female Assistant District Attorneys to prosecute cases in the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. She went on to represent the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority as senior in-house counsel.
Following Judge Miller’s remarks, two panel discussions featuring a number of distinguished professionals, including Jenna Jackson, Associate Director of Admissions and Diversity Programs at the University of Georgia School of Law; Maurice Watson, Chairman of Husch Blackwell; Tori Silas, Senior Counsel at Cox Enterprises; and Robert J. Grey, Jr., President of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, will ask conference attendees to engage one another in earnest dialogue intended to facilitate change.
We hope you will consider joining us for this timely and important conversation.