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.

Chair
Office of the District Attorney...
225 Martin Luther King Blvd, Suite 320
Jackson, TN 38301
(731)423-5805
Immediate Past Chair
HCA
2501 Park Plaza
Nashville, TN 37203
(615)344-1450

New Study Finds Gender and Racial Bias Endemic in Legal Profession

A new study confirms widespread gender and racial bias permeates hiring, promotion, assignments and compensation in the legal industry, the ABA reports today. Fifty-eight percent of women attorneys of color, and half of white women lawyers surveyed say they have been mistaken for administrative staff or janitors, in contrast to only seven percent of white male lawyers reporting a similar occurrence, according to the new study, You Can’t Change What You Can’t See. Conducted by the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, on behalf of The Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) and The American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, the report examines implicit gender and racial bias in legal workplaces and offers new solutions and tools for interrupting bias across the legal profession.

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1940 Cold Case Murder of NAACP Activist to be Reopened

The 1940 homicide of civil rights activist Elbert Williams has been reopened in Haywood County, The Jackson Sun reports. Garry Brown, District Attorney for the 28th Judicial District of Tennessee, today reopened the investigation into the unsolved homicide. Elbert Williams is recognized as the first known NAACP member to be killed for his civil rights work. Williams was a participant in the Brownsville NAACP branch’s 1940 effort to register African-American voters. 
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