The American legal profession has been struggling with the issue of being a more diverse and inclusive profession for over a century. Law firms, corporations, bar associations, law schools, and other governmental and not-for-profit entities have all provided leadership on the matter. Nevertheless, while some progress has been made, much is left to be accomplished and, in many quarters, there is frustration, exasperation and disappointment that more and faster progress has not occurred. Efforts continue apace but the breadth and complexity of the issue have resulted in disjointed, piecemeal endeavors, making it difficult for practicing lawyers, judges and others vested in achieving greater inclusion in the profession to gain a panoramic perspective and understanding of the profession’s efforts as a whole.
IILP’s annual “IILP Review: The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession” and its national symposia on the subject attempt to correct that problem. The IILP Review and Symposia provide an easy and convenient source for data and information about diversity in the legal profession that makes it a readily accessible tool for those who work on diversity issues and an interesting and logical format for those seeking to educate themselves about the many facets of and challenges to diversity and inclusion.
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Registration
1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Opening Remarks:
- Welcome from IILP – Sandra S. Yamate, Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
- Host Remarks: Brian Tippens, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- Premier Sponsor Remarks: Christopher H. Paskach, Managing Director, The Claro Group LLC
1:30 PM – 1:45 PM The Demographics of the Profession: Sandra Yamate, CEO, IILP
1:45 PM – 4:15 PM IILP Review Author Presentations
- 1:45 PM – 2:05 PM The Undocumented J.D.: The Changing Landscape of Admissibility to the Bar for Undocumented Immigrants: Collette A. Brown, Associate, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP
- 2:05 PM – 2:25 PM Thirty Years of Progress, Far from Perfection: The LGBT Experience in the Legal Industry from the 1980s to the Present: Brian Winterfeldt, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
- 2:25 PM – 2:45 PM Looking Back to Push Forward: An Overview of Asian American Involvement in the Civil Rights Movement: Brandon R. Mita, Associate, Littler Mendelson P.C.
- 2:45 PM – 3:05 PM Barring Black Men: Character and Fitness and the Underrepresentation of Black Men in the Legal Profession: Jay E. Mitchell, Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
- 3:05 PM – 3:15 PM Break
- 3:15 PM – 3:35 PM The Rise of the Uniform Bar Exam: Considerations for the Diversity Pipeline and Indian Law: Kori Cordero, Tribal Justice Specialist, Tribal Law and Policy Institute
- 3:35 PM – 3:55 PM Attorneys with Disabilities: Shedding Light on the Invisible Element of Diversity: Angela Winfield, Director, Department of Inclusion & Workforce Diversity, Cornell University
- 3:55 PM – 4:15 PM From Bystanders to Upstanders: Amplifying Diversity Efforts Through Action: Meredith Moore, Global Diversity & Social Responsibility Director, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
- 4:15 PM – 4:30 PM Break
4:30 PM – 5:45 PM Roundtable Discussion:
Diversity and Inclusion in the Tech Industry: Corporate Law Departments and Their Outside Counsel
The tech industry has been in the forefront of diversity efforts. The media is full of stories about how this industry is working to make itself more diverse and inclusive. But how is that playing out among the law departments, law firms and lawyers who represent this industry?
- Willie Hernandez, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- Andy Hinton, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, Google Inc.
- Sang Kim, Partner, DLA Piper
- Caren Ulrich Stacy, Founder & CEO Diversity Lab & OnRamp Fellowship
- Quyen Ta, Partner, Keker & VanNest LLP
- Monica Zent, Founder and CEO, ZentLaw
- Marci Rubin (Moderator)
5:45 PM – 5:50 PM Closing Remarks/Acknowledgements: Sandra Yamate, CEO, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
5:50 PM – 7:00 PM Networking Reception
*No charge for students or unemployed lawyers.
Questions? Please contact Sandra Yamate at Sandra.Yamate@theIILP.com