Black Lawyers Matter 2021

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Presented by LSAC, University of Houston Law Center,
and SMU Dedman School of Law, in collaboration
with the conference planning committee.

 

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Building Inclusive Excellence in Legal Education and Employment

Join Us Live Online October 15, 2021
from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET

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Change Happens Only If Diverse Law Students Have a Path to Success

Building on the dialogue started at the inaugural Black Lawyers Matter Conference in 2020, the 2021 event will examine and expand on how law schools and legal employers can build and develop cultures, structures, and practices better geared toward inclusion and equality in lawyer formation. With the understanding that formation extends from prelaw through employment, the conference will explore best practices for both legal educators and legal employers. Unless and until the professional journey is unified in an anti-racist approach, the legal profession will not only fail to mirror the diversity of society but will also fail to garner respect as a “justice” system. This conference encourages and supports law schools and legal employers in focusing on reforms that will help minoritized students thrive during law school and in their careers.

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How we got started

By all accounts, progress in diversity in the legal profession is lagging. In 2020, and marking the 70th Anniversary of Sweatt v. Painter, which paved the way for the desegregation of law schools in Texas, deans from several law schools, led by the University of Houston Law Center, came together with public policy, government and other academic leaders to start a conversation on strategies to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion in today’s legal profession

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Conference Speakers

Michèle Alexandre

Michèle Alexandre

Dean and Professor of Law

College of Law
Stetson University

Alison Ashe-Card

Alison Ashe-Card

Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion

Wake Forest School of Law
Wake Forest University

Dean Leonard Baynes

Leonard M. Baynes

Dean and Professor of Law

University of Houston Law Center
University of Houston

Dean Marcilynn Burke

Marcilynn Burke

Dean and Dave Frohnmayer Chair in Leadership and Law

University of Oregon School of Law
University of Oregon

Dean Jennifer Collins

Jennifer Collins

Judge James Noel Dean and Professor of Law

Dedman School of Law
Southern Methodist University

Dean Anthony Crowell

Anthony Crowell

Dean and President

New York Law School

Dean Adrienne Davis

Adrienne Davis

Vice Provost and William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law

School of Law
Washington University in St. Louis

Jaret L. Davis

Jaret L. Davis

Co-Managing Shareholder – Miami Office

Greenberg Traurig, P.A.

Prof. Meera E. Deo

Meera E. Deo

Professor of Law

Southwestern Law School – Los Angeles

Deborah Enix-Ross

Deborah Enix-Ross

Senior Advisor, International Dispute Resolution

Debevoise & Plimpton, P.A.
President Elect - American Bar Association

Dean Joshua Fershée

Joshua Fershée

Dean and Professor of Law

Creighton University School of Law
Creighton University

Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore

Hon. Vanessa D. Gilmore

U.S. District Judge

Southern District – Texas

Robert Grey

Robert Grey, Jr.

Senior Counsel

Hunton, Andrews & Kurth, P.A.
President - Leadership Council on Legal Diversity

Dean Danielle Holley-Walker

Danielle Holley-Walker

Dean and Professor of Law

Howard University School of Law
Howard University

Kevin R. Johnson

Kevin R. Johnson

Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o Studies

School of Law
University of California – Davis

Elizabeth Kronk Warner

Elizabeth Kronk Warner

Jefferson B & Rita E. Fordham Presidential Dean and Professor of Law

S.J. Quinney College of Law
University of Utah

James Leipold

James Leipold

Executive Director

National Association for Law Placement

Dean Browne C. Lewis

Browne C. Lewis

Dean

School of Law
North Carolina Central University

John Lewis, Jr.

John Lewis, Jr.

Partner

Shook, Hardy & Bacon

Trevor M. Morrison

Trevor M. Morrison

Dean and Eric M. and Laurie B. Roth Professor of Law

New York University School of Law

Kimberly Mutcherson

Kimberly Mutcherson

Co-Dean and Professor of Law

School of Law
Rutgers University

Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Angela Onwuachi-Willig

Dean and Ryan Roth Gallo & Ernest J. Gallo Professor of Law

Boston University School of Law
Boston University

Prof. Spencer Overton

Spencer A. Overton

Professor of Law

The George Washington University School of Law
The George Washington University

Christina D. Ponsa-Kraus

Christina D. Ponsa-Kraus

George Welwood Murray Professor of Legal History

Columbia Law School
Columbia University

Dean Carla Pratt

Carla Pratt

Dean and Professor of Law

Washburn University School of Law
Washburn University

Dean Theodore Ruger

Theodore Ruger

Dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law

Carey Law School
University of Pennsylvania

Dean Sudha Setty

Sudha Setty

Dean

School of Law
Western New England University

Kellye Testy, J.D.

Kellye Testy, J.D.

President and CEO

Law School Admission Council

Dean Daniel Tokaji

Daniel Tokaji

Fred W. & Vi Miller Dean and Professor of Law

Law School
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Anthony Upshaw

Anthony Upshaw

Partner and Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion

McDermott Will & Emory

Prof. Anthony Varona

Anthony Varona

M. Minnette Massey Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus

School of Law
University of Miami

Denelle J. Waynick

Denelle J. Waynick

Chief Legal Officer

Saniona

Joseph K. West

Joseph K. West

Partner and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

Duane Morris, LLP

James F. Williams

James F. Williams

Seattle Office Managing Partner

Perkins Coie, P.A.

Angela Winfield, J.D.

Angela Winfield, J.D.

Chief Diversity Officer

Law School Admission Council

 

What to Expect

"We and the other law schools have much more work to do in diversifying our faculties, staff and student bodies. Without a critical mass, how do we ensure that students of color are not isolated, marginalized or tokenized?"

Leonard M. Baynes
Dean and Professor of Law
University of Houston Law Center