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Increasing Diversity in the Legal Profession - Nov. 10-11, 2011

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race and Law, the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, the Black Law Students Association, the UVA Law Student Legal Forum, the University of Virginia School of Law and the Virginia State Bar Conference on Diversity

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Schedule

All sessions are in Caplin Pavilion unless otherwise noted.

THURSDAY, NOV. 10
5-6:15 p.m. Justice? Unlikely!

Justice Cleo Powell, Supreme Court of Virginia
6:15-7:15 p.m. Reception
FRIDAY, NOV. 11
8:30-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9-9:15 a.m.

Welcome

Paul G. Mahoney, Dean, University of Virginia School of Law
Alex M. Johnson, Director, Center for the Study of Race and Law, University of Virginia School of Law

9:15-10 a.m. The Value Added by Diversity

Shawn Chen, Cleary Gottlieb
10:15-11:45 a.m. Eliminating the LSAT in Law School Admissions A Boon or Detriment to Diversification of the Legal Profession?

Panelists:
Erica Moeser, President, National Conference of Bar Examiners
Dan Ortiz, Immediate Past Chair, Law School Admission Council (LSAC); University of Virginia School of Law 
Peter Pashley, Principal Research Scientist and Director of Testing and Research, LSAC

Moderator: Alex M. Johnson, University of Virginia School of Law

12-1:15 p.m. Lunch (Purcell Reading Room)

Welcome and Greeting

W. David Harless, Christian & Barton; President-Elect, Virginia State Bar
1:30-3 p.m. Is the Law School Experience Rigged Against Success for Students of Color?

Panelists:
Okianer Christian Dark, Howard University School of Law
Alex M. Johnson, University of Virginia School of Law
A. Benjamin Spencer, Washington & Lee Law School; Visiting Professor, University of Virginia School of Law
Christopher Wimbush, Third-Year Law Student, University of Virginia School of Law

Moderator: Brandon Garrett, University of Virginia School of Law

3:15-5 p.m. The Final Hurdle — The State Bar Exam: Should We Go National?

Panelists:
Alex M. Johnson, University of Virginia School of Law
Erica Moeser, President, National Conference of Bar Examiners
Scott Street, Williams Mullen; Secretary-Treasurer, Virginia Board of Bar Examiners

Moderator: Dan Ortiz, University of Virginia School of Law
5-6 p.m. Reception (Clay Hall)
6:15-7:45 p.m. Dinner and Keynote Address (Purcell Reading Room)

Pro Bono and Professionalism: Keys to a Winning Career

Kim Keenan, General Counsel, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
SATURDAY, NOV. 12
8:30-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast
9-10:45 a.m.

How Young Lawyers Reach Out to the Community: The Benefits of Expanding the Pipeline

Panelists:
Mike Pace, Gentry, Locke, Rakes & Moore
Richard “Rip” Sullivan, Reed Smith
Dana Weekes, Patton & Boggs 
Michael HuYoung, Barnes & Diehl

Moderator: Alex Levay, Fellow, Virginia Law Foundation; Chair, Virginia Indigent Defense Task Force

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. The Road to Partnership: Mentoring and Other Methods to Enrich Diversity within the Profession

Panelists:
Tyree Jones, Reed Smith
Kamran Q. Khan, Altria
Jackie Stone, McGuireWoods

Moderator: Manuel Capsalis, Capsalis Fitzgerald

12:30-2 p.m. Lunch (Purcell Reading Room)

The Value of Diversity on the Bench

Justice S. Bernard Goodwyn, Supreme Court of Virginia
2:15-3:30 p.m. An Open Forum: Best Practices Developed by Law Firms -- What's Working and Why

Kenneth Imo, WilmerHale
Tyree Jones, Reed Smith
Molly Remes, McGuireWoods
Representatives from Foley & Lardner; Sidley Austin; and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

3:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks

Alex M. Johnson, University of Virginia School of Law
Clarence Dunnaville, Jr., Attorney and Civil Rights Activist




Directions to the Law School

From the Northeast: From the Beltway around Washington, D.C., take I-66 West to the second Route 29 exit (at Gainesville). Go south on Route 29 until you reach Charlottesville. Go under the 250 Bypass, pass the Barracks Road Shopping Center on your right and turn right at the traffic light at Arlington Boulevard. The Law School is at the end of Arlington Boulevard. For visitor parking, turn left on Massie Road, take the first right (onto Nash Road), and turn into the parking lot on the right.
 
From the South: Take I-64 West from I-95 in Richmond, or come up by Route 29 North from Greensboro, N.C. Either way, take Route 29 North to the Leonard Sandridge Road exit. Turn left at the traffic light (onto Massie Road). You will pass Darden, the business school, on the left; take the next left onto Nash Road. and make an immediate right into the Law School's visitor parking lot.

From the West: Take I-64 East, or take the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-81 South and I-64 East. To get to the Law School, take Route 29 North. See directions under "From the South" above.


Contact Us

lawevents@virginia.edu or 434-924-4684


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