Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity

This committee works to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the profession, engaging in activities that promote the profession in the pipeline, promoting recruitment of diverse professionals, and developing diverse individuals within the profession.

Co-Chair
Tennessee Secretary of States...
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave 8th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615)741-4469
Co-Chair
FedEx Corporation
942 South Shady Grove Road, Ste. 248
Memphis, TN 38120
(901)818-7306
Immediate Past Chair
Clerk & Master Chancery Court
1 Public Square Ste 308
Nashville, TN 37201
(615)862-5710

YLD Presents Awards, Hosts Student Leadership Group

The Young Lawyers Division Board met in conjunction with the TBA Leadership Conference this past weekend. In addition to conducting its winter board meeting, the group presented the 2015 CASA Volunteer of the Year Award to Jane Hickman with CASA of Robertson County and recognized several volunteer lawyers for their work. The YLD Diversity Committee also held the opening session for this year’s Diversity Leadership Institute. The class of 18 law students participated in the weekend’s leadership programming and heard from U.S. District Court Judge Pam Reeves on the “10 Commandments of Leadership.” The group will meet again in March and June. See photos from the YLD’s meetings.

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Traditional Law Firm Model Not Effective in Offering Women Positions of Power

While the gender landscape in the legal industry is certainly changing, there is an undeniable amount of work to be done to elevate women to positions of power in law, according to Inside Counsel. The law firm model has been culturally and professionally established by men, the article says, so there has naturally been a slow-moving course toward matriculating women into it, and making it one driven by both sexes. “Law firms can help by teaching their partners about implicit bias and its impact on staffing and promotion decisions and providing training for them to find ways to overcome the effects of this bias on the career development of women (and minorities),” says Cynthia A. Bergmann, chair of the executive committee of Chicago-based firm Freeborn & Peters LLP.

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