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Dallas Bar Association Hosts Diversity Summit

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Dallas Bar Association will host a Diversity Summit on Friday, September 21, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion.

The purpose of the summit is to promote diversity and inclusion throughout the Dallas community and to develop best practices designed to increase diversity in all professions. Attendees in the legal community, students, and the public at large, are invited to attend the summit to provide input and ideas regarding diversity and to learn about implementing diversity programs in their communities.

“The Summit will bring together great minds with long-standing careers who have seen the American justice system evolve alongside young minds who deal with today’s social media, perceptions, and techno-society to generate ideas on how we can improve our institutions and our daily lives,” said Diversity Summit Chair Rhonda Hunter. “Talking about our faults and deciding what we can do to overcome them can lead our diverse city to be an exemplary beacon of light for the Country. The Diversity Summit will provide an atmosphere of encouragement for each of us to be agents of change for an improved world.”

The list of premier speakers includes:

  • Elizabeth Alvarez, Law Office of Elizabeth Alvarez
  • Nnamdi ANozie, White Wiggins & Barnes
  • Dennis W. Archer, Dickinson Wright, Former President of the American Bar Association
  • Marilyn F. Booker, Morgan Stanley
  • Brittany Barnett-Byrd, Buried Alive Project
  • Liz Cedillo-Pereira, City of Dallas
  • CeCe Cox, Resource Center
  • Lacy Durham, Deloitte Tax, LLP
  • Hilda C. Galvan, Jones Day
  • Rhonda Hunter, DBA Past President, Dallas County DA’s Office (Juvenile Division)
  • Michael K. Hurst, DBA President, Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst
  • Regina Montoya, JMC Strategy Group
  • Hon. Tonya Parker, 116th District Court
  • Dr. Sheron C. Patterson, Hamilton Park United Methodist Church
  • Mike Rawlings, Mayor, City of Dallas
  • Sandra Phillips Rogers, Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
  • Dr. Garcia Sanford, Momentous Institute
  • Julia A. Simon, Mary Kay Inc.
  • Judge Ann Williams, Jones Day

“Taking on the critical issues of diversity and inclusion both in our profession and the broader community through this transformative Diversity Summit is paramount during my presidency,” said Michael K. Hurst, DBA President. “As the DBA, we need to be loud and proud that we are leaders in these efforts, and demonstrate that diversity does not take place without the inclusion of all people regardless of race, gender, color, religion, ethnicity, and orientation. We will discuss and celebrate both our differences and our commonality on September 21, and continue exponentially thereafter.”

Sponsors of the event include:

  • Gold Sponsors: Carter Arnett; Dallas Bar Foundation; Foley Gardere; Locke Lord LLP; Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst, LLP; McKool Smith; Sayles Werbner; Thompson & Knight Foundation
  • Silver Sponsors: Jones Day; K&L Gates; Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP; Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP; White Wiggins & Barnes, LLP
  • Bronze Sponsors: Cowles & Thompson; Cozen O’Conner; Haynes and Boone, LLP; Jackson Lewis; Winstead PC

Registration is free for both in person and live streaming. To register, or for more information, visit The Belo Mansion is located at 2101 Ross Avenue, in Downtown Dallas (in the Arts District). Parking is available in the Pavilion Garage for $4 (enter from Olive Street).



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