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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Court Sharply Divided Over Housing Bias Law

The Supreme Court appeared sharply divided today in a debate over a decades-old strategy for fighting discrimination in housing, WRCB reports. Chief Justice John Roberts expressed serious doubts during a one-hour argument that the 1968 Fair Housing Act can be used to ban housing or lending practices without any proof of intent to discriminate. The court's four liberal justices defended the use of so-called "disparate impact" lawsuits that allege even race-neutral policies can have a harmful effect on minority groups. Justice Antonin Scalia, who usually aligns with Roberts and other conservatives, asked tough questions of both sides, making it tough to determine how the court might rule in a case that has steep ideological divisions. 

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