Being Involved: ABA YLD Assembly Speaker Latanishia Watters

Volume 37, Number 2


Melissa J. Healy is an Assistant Editor of The Affiliate and an Associate in the Portland, Oregon, office of Barran Liebman.

Latanishia Watters is a partner at Haskell Slaughter Young & Rediker in Birmingham, Alabama, and recently began her term as the Assembly Speaker for the ABA YLD. Watters has previously served in a number of capacities within the Division, including as an Editorial Board member for The Young Lawyer, Minorities in the Profession Scholar, District Representative for Alabama and Georgia, member of the Affiliate Assistance Team, Assistant Diversity Director, and, most recently, as Assembly Clerk.

Watters decided that she would be either a doctor or a lawyer as a child, when she thought there were “too many diseases, and too many things wrong with our justice system.” She settled on the legal path after a candy striper job taught her that blood and internal body parts made her nauseous. Watters graduated with a B.A. from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, and earned both her J.D. and M.B.A. from Samford University in the Birmingham area. She started at Haskell Slaughter as an associate in 2001 (she had previously interned for the firm in summer 2000), and became a partner in 2008. Watters cites “having my colleagues recognize my value and hard work by selecting me as a partner” as one of her greatest accomplishments. Her practice currently focuses on commercial litigation.


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