Why We Need Black Attorneys

 According to the American Bar Association, the legal profession has the least representation of racial diversity. It is time for a change in the diversity of American law practitioners. The number of minority law students and attorneys are trending down, and this is problematic for two basic reasons:  1.  With the rapid diversification of our nation, it is of the …

Diversity – Inclusion = Pointless

The trans-formative power of diversity is  NOT  realized when the focus is only on including those of a different race, class, color, gender, etc., with the expectation that the new “recruits” conform to the traditional norms, beliefs, and ideals of the majority.  Instead, the immense benefits of diversity ONLY occur when the focus is instead on honestly leveraging, including, and respecting the …

What All Championship Teams Know About Winning in the 21st Century

“Just as in sports, the business team with the best talent, that is the best trained and the most motivated, usually wins the championship.”  This is how I started my presentation on Diversity and Inclusion at Conner & Winters’ annual partners’ retreat in September, 2013.  Conner & Winters is one of Oklahoma’s oldest and most prestigious law firms, with over …

Attorney Solomon-Simmons Inspires Inner City Students To Become Lawyers

I am very excited to share with you that the N.O.B.L.A.’s Third Annual Pipeline Plus Legal Diversity Program (“Program”) was a huge success.  48 inner-city high school students from Tulsa Public Schools and lawyers, judges, paralegals, and court personnel from all over the state of Oklahoma participated in our one day legal diversity conference. First, the students visited the Tulsa …