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 …

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 …

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Creating More Black Lawyers Desperately Needed

The Pipeline Project (“Project”), directed by Damario Solomon-Simmons, informs, inspires, and empowers inner-city students to seek, find, and maximize education, career, and social opportunities available in the legal field. The Project goes beyond simply discussing the lack of diversity in the legal profession. By example and inspiration, the Project helps close the “diversity gap” by educating and motivating minority high …

Cause for Change: Legal Diversity Pursued by Legal Leaders

. According to the American Bar Association, the legal field is the least diverse profession in the United States.  That sad reality — and the proven fact that diversity improves the product for a client, enriches the work environment, and enhances the overall image and morale of our country — should prompt all segments of the legal profession to implement a program to …