The panel discussion, for which free continuing legal education credit is available, will take place from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., followed by a networking reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Panelists for “What Effective Law Firms Need to Know about Diversity and Inclusion” are Dennis Archer, chair emeritus of Dickinson Wright and former ABA president; Paula Boggs, board director for Sterling Financial Corp.; and Linda Klein, managing shareholder of Baker Donelson’s Georgia offices. The moderator is Susan Kostal, editorial director at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
The panel will analyze the trends, both legally and practically, in how the various schools of thought about diversity and inclusion have shifted, how the current state of the law has affected that shift and where future efforts are directing this area.
“Law firm leaders have unique concerns when it comes to diversity and inclusion in our profession,” said John E. Mitchell, chair of the Law Practice Management Section’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the sponsor of the panel. “Our job demands more than leading by example — it requires us to help develop and implement the law that guides the business world at large.
“While law firms have the same legal obligations as any other businesses, it is crucial that we lead, not follow, as we seek to implement new policies and practices to create inclusive environments, so we can attract and retain the talent required to serve our clients.”
The reception immediately follows the program by the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession and the ABA Law Practice Management Section.