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March 24, 2023

Fireside Chat with Past, Present, and Future ABA Presidents: Discussing How the Legal Profession and the ABA Can Be Effective Allies for Diversity

Diversity in the Legal Profession Fireside Chat

Diversity in the Legal Profession Fireside Chat

The American Bar Association’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Council, through a collaboration between the Health Law Section and Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, is pleased to present a  Fireside Chat with Past, Present, and Future ABA Presidents: Discussing How the Legal Profession and the ABA Can Be Effective Allies for Diversity.” This 90-minute complimentary webinar will be held Thursday, May 18 at Noon ET / 11:00 am CT / 9:00 am PT.

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This fireside chat will bring together a diverse group of past, present, and future ABA Presidents and will be moderated by Judge Adrienne Nelson. Speakers will include:

  • Past Presidents: James Silkenat (2013-2014), Paulette Brown (2015-2016), and Judy Perry Martinez (2019-2020);
  • Current President: Deborah Enix-Ross (2022-2023); and
  • President-Elect: Mary Smith (2023-2024)

The ABA Presidents will discuss their perspectives and experiences and make constructive suggestions about how to encourage and support diversity as an effective ally in the workplace and as a member of the ABA. The session will also address how the ABA as an institution can be an effective ally and further equality, justice, and opportunity.

The ABA’s Goal III is to “eliminate bias and enhance diversity.”  Diversity requires allies across the legal profession.  Allyship means collaborating to fight injustice and promote equity through supportive personal relationships and public acts of sponsorship and advocacy. To prominently support ABA-wide diversity and allies, several ABA entities are pleased to co-sponsor* this virtual panel of ABA Presidents exploring how to be an intentional, effective ally for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in the legal profession. 

Attendees of this session are encouraged to pursue obtaining billable hour credit (or equivalent) for diversity and inclusion work through their firms or organizations, given the focus of this session on the promotion of diversity and inclusion efforts in the legal industry.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Simeon Carson, Director, ABA Health Law Section at [email protected].

Members the following ABA entities are supporting this program:

  • Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources
  • Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice
  • Section of Public Contract Law
  • Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section
  • Antitrust Law Section
  • Health Law Section
  • Labor and Employment Law Section
  • ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession
  • ABA Center for Professional Responsibility
  • ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice
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