Goal IX Newsletter

Summer 2005, Volume 11, Number 3

What's New and Noteworthy


We would like to thank each of our outgoing Commissioners for a job well done! Leaving us this year is Lawrence R. Baca, Earl J. Barnes II, W. Randy Eaddy, M. Jacqueline Regis and Adriana I. Reyes-Villanova. Each of these Commissioners have contributed to this year’s successes with the Minority Counsel Program, the Goal IX Report, the Spirit of Excellence Awards, Judicial Clerkship Program, National Conference for the Minority Lawyer and Conference of Minority Partners in Majority Law Firms. We appreciate all of your hard work and commitment to the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. We bid you all farewell and many thanks!

A special thank you and farewell to the Commission Chair, Lawrence R. Baca! It’s been a good 3 years! The Commission has continued to thrive under your leadership. It’s been a pleasure working with you and you will be missed as Chair. Change is always good as we continue to grow to even more new heights. Lawrence, again thank you for all your hard work with the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession!

The American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession would like to thank Monsanto Company for printing the Miles to Go: Progress of Minorities in the Legal Profession. Hat’s off to Commissioner Rueben A. Shelton for making this possible! Many kudos to Commissioner Shelton!


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

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

November 10-11, 2005
Chicago, IL

More information coming soon!

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,. 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 here.


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