Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

2016 CBLA

ABA President Linda Klein and Immediate-Past President Paulette Brown joined by the leaders of the HNBA, NNABA, NAPABA, and the National LGBT Bar Association during the 2016 CBLA.

  • Mission

50 Years Later: Voting Rights in America

Watch the panelists square off on C-Span

Issues surrounding Shelby County v. Holder spur spirited debate on whether protection for voters of color is still necessary, as 34 states enact voter-ID laws following the 2013 decision. 

In case you missed it, watch the C-Span broadcast of the Commission's Voting Rights Act Program. 




Will A. Gunn, Chair
Ft. Belvoir, VA

Aurora Austriaco
Austriaco and Associated Ltd.
Chicago, IL

Linda J Benally
Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
Phoenix, AZ

Brigida Benitez
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Washington, DC

Laura DeSio
Montgomery, AL

Cal Gonzales
Walnut Creek, CA

Akira Heshiki
Standard Insurance Company
Portland, OR

Helen B. Kim
Thompson Coburn LLP
Los Angeles, CA

Pamela Meanes
Thompson Coburn LLP
St. Louis, MO

Hon. William D. Missouri
Circuit Court 7th Judicial
Upper Marlboro, MD

Phong D. Nguyen
BakerHostetler LLP
Washington, DC

Florence Johnson Raines
Johnson & Johnson PLLC
Memphis, TN

Thomasina Real Bird
Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
Louisville, CO

Hon. Karen Wells Roby
US District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
New Orleans, LA

Evett L. Simmons
Greenspoon Marder
Port Saint Lucie, FL

Daiquiri Steele
Atlanta, GA

Palmer G. Vance II
Stoll Keenon Odgen PLLC
Lexington, KY


Jo Ann Engelhardt
Bessemer Trust
Palm Beach, FL