Diversity and Justice at the Supreme Court
by Frank H. Wu
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Letter from the Chair, José E. Gaitán
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Hopwood v. State of Texas: Retreat from the Supreme Court Ruling in Bakke
by Leo J. Jordan
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Valuing Diversity - A Given?
by Keith Earley
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Affirmative Action: Define "Qualifications" from Diverse Viewpoints
by Dale F. Rubin
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1999 Spirit of Excellence Awards
by Charisse R. Lillie
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1999 Annual Meeting Schedule
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An open letter to Minority Counsel Program supporters
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T hink sweet, succulent, sun-ripened peaches washed down with a swig of Coca-Cola while shopping underground and you’re obviously getting into the mood for glorious Atlanta, site of the 1999 ABA Annual meeting, August 5-11. The Commission on Opportunities for Minorities in the Profession will be there in full force and hopes that you will be, too.

This year, the Commission will be offering three programs; two that have been designated as Presidential Showcases. On Friday afternoon, August 6, join us for "Miles to Go: The Next Step" where a panel of distinguished lawyers will discuss the current status of minorities in the profession and strategies to advance lawyers of color.

On Sunday, August 8, "Do You See What I See? Cultural Differences in the Courtroom" will feature Johnnie Cochran, Michael F. Yamamoto and others in a discussion about the legal implications for differences in cultural values ranging from corporal punishment, expressions of affection, and intergenerational taboos, to male circumcision and female genital mutilation. In addition, the Commission has secured as speakers Angela Oh and Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law David B. Wilkins.

Later that same day, "Building Your Practice By Serving Communities of Color" will address the ways sole practitioners, small firms, and others with a general practice can build their practices and client bases by reaching out to traditionally underserved communities of color. Even if you are not bilingual or belong to a different racial or ethnic group, are you overlooking a potentially lucrative but underserved client base?

The Commission’s business meetings and the Information Center will be at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. There you will be able to find out more about these and other programs that will be offered, as well as any last minute changes. The CLE programs will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center, which will be the Presidential CLE Center during the meet- ing. The Commission will be sharing the Westin with the Litigation Section and the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, so it is imperative that you make your reservations early!

Some of the Commission’s co-sponsored CLE and social events are:

  • "Hate Crimes in America: Legislating Tolerance or Criminalizing Intolerance," Friday, August 6 (2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.), Georgia World Congress Center
  • Reception/Dinner at the Carter Center, on Friday, August 6. The primary sponsor is the Section of State and Local Government Law. Buses will depart from the Westin at 6:00 p.m. This is a ticketed event ($85.00).

Other Annual Meeting highlights to plan for:

  • A reception for all lawyers of color attending the Annual Meeting and Atlanta’s minority legal community on Friday, August 6;
  • A meeting for the Commission, its liaisons, and local minority bar leaders on Saturday, August 7; and,
  • The latest update on restructuring of the Minority Counsel Program on Saturday, August 7.

So consider joining us in Atlanta for an exciting and jampacked Annual Meeting 1999! For more information, call Adriana Garcia at (312) 988-5508 or e-mail us at abaminority@abanet.org


Note: a more detailed and up to date listing of Commission events and Co-Sponsored programs is available

All CLE meetings will be held at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Thursday, August 5

5:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.Reception (location to be announced)
Friday, August 6
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.Commission Information Center
8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.mCommission Business Meeting (closed meeting)
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.Miles to Go: The Next Step
4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.Reception (location to be announced)
Saturday, August 7
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.Commission Information Center
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.Commissioners and Liaisons Business Meeting
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.mPolicy and Programming
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.Constituent Groups—Roundtable Breakouts
  • Minority Counsel Program
  • Minority In-House Counsel Group
  • Conference of Minority Partners
  • Multicultural Women’s Attorney Network (MWAN)
  • Goal IX Newsletter

Sunday, August 8

9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.Do You See What I See? Cultural Differences in the Courtroom (Presidential Showcase Status/CLE)
11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.Margaret Brent Luncheon–Commission on Women (Georgia World Congress Center, Ballroom)
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.Building Your Practice By Serving Communities of Color (CLE)
3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.ABA House of Delegates Minority Caucus

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