Goal IX Newsletter

Spring 2005, Volume 11, Number 2

What's New and Noteworthy


National Conference for the Minority Lawyer
June 22-24, 2005
Sheraton Hotel
Seattle, Washington

Join us for our two-day session of substantive CLE programming specifically designed for the minority lawyer. For more registration information see our website at http://www.abanet.org/minorities/natconf/home.html.

ABA Annual Meeting
August 5-7, 2005
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Unless otherwise indicated all sessions will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
**Indicates CLE programming.

NOTE: All attendees are required to purchase an All-Access CLE Badge for $570 or individual CLE program tickets for $75 to be admitted into CLE Programs. For registration information for the ABA Annual Meeting see http://www.abanet.org/annual/2005/.


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Commission Information Center
Regency Registration, Gold Level, West Tower

8:00 - 11:30 AM
Commission Business Meeting
Toronto, Gold Level, West Tower

12:00 - 1:30 PM
Minority Bar Leaders' Lunch and Roundtable (By Invitation Only)
Truffles, Blue Level, West Tower

2:00 - 3:30 PM
**Diversity: Not Just Talking the Talk, But Walking the Walk
Columbus Hall G, Gold Level, East Tower

Co-Sponsored by ABA Minority Counsel Program and the ABA Career Resource Center

A lot of general counsel, "talk" about inclusiveness or diversity, because it is the politically correct thing to do. There is the much smaller group of corporate counsel who actually have minority lawyers working on their cases. Even better, this small group of corporate counsel send work directly to minority partners, thereby creating rainmakers, which should result in the increased recruitment and retention of minority lawyers. These corporate lawyers, however, regularly face obstacles in trying to send work to attorneys of color.

Come listen to and learn from committed corporate counsel about the challenges of trying to send work to minority lawyers. Hear how you can improve your chances of working on their cases and being the one to get the call to handle a new matter.

Moderator:Victor P. Henderson, Partner, Holland and Knight, LLP, Chicago, IL
Panelist:Vernon G. Baker, II, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, ArvinMeritior, Inc., Troy, MI

Paula E. Boggs, Starbucks Coffee Company, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Seattle, WA

John C. Childs, Chief Litigation Counsel, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Atlanta, GA

Thomas A. Mars, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Bentonville, AR

3:45 - 5:15 PM
**Success Strategies for Minority Partners and Associates
Columbus Hall G, Gold Level, East Tower

Co-Sponsored by ABA Career Resource Center

Join us for a discussion with minority lawyers who have successfully moved from associate to partner; income partner to equity partner; and leaders within the legal profession (e.g., bar associations, not for profits, civic positions etc.). They will share their strategies and tips to help others navigate the path. Additionally this panel will include a candid discussion of the importance of business development and whether being a "service" partner is a viable long-term strategy for most lawyers.

Moderator:Sharon E. Jones, President, Jones Diversity Group, LLC, Chicago, IL
Panelist:José C. Feliciano, Partner, Baker & Hostetler, LLP, Cleveland, OH

Laurie S. Hane, Partner, Morrison & Foerster, LLP, San Francisco, CA

Adrienne Banks Pitts, Partner, Winston & Strawn, LLP, Chicago, IL

5:30 - 8:00 PM
Commission Reception
Edelweiss Penthouse I, 43rd Floor, Swissotel Hotel

Co-Sponsored by ABA Minority Counsel Program

Join the Commission as we honor Stephen N. Zack, Chair, ABA House of Delegates and Armando Lasa-Ferrer, Secretary Elect, American Bar Association

8:30 - 9:30 PM
Conference of Partners' Dessert Reception (By Invitation Only)
Neuchatel Suite, 4th Floor, Swissotel Hotel


2:00 - 5:00 PM
ABA House of Delegates Minority Caucus
Crystal Ballroom B, Green Level, West Tower


Please help the Commission celebrate the efforts and accomplishments of lawyers who work to promote a more racially and ethnically diverse legal profession, by nominating a candidate for the Award, and attending the 2006 Spirit of Excellence Awards Luncheon in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday, February 4. To nominate a candidate, please complete the 2006 Spirit of Excellence Nomination Form, http://www.abanet.org/minorities/spirit/home.html. Nomination materials must be received on or before August 16, 2005.

Neat gift ideas for those with diversity on their minds. Show your commitment to diversity share it with a colleague by giving the gift of diversity at http://www.abanet.org/minorities/store/index.html

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