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 a distinguished leader within the African American legal community.
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.
“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?
Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we wrap up the afternoon’s proceedings.