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
Vice-Chair
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP
1715 Aaron Brenner Dr Ste 800
Memphis, TN 38120
(901)537-1054

Georgia Congressman John Lewis to receive ABA Thurgood Marshall Award

The American Bar Association Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice will honor Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights leader John Lewis with its 2019 Thurgood Marshall Award. The award will be presented at the Thurgood Marshall Award Dinner on Saturday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Westin St. Francis Hotel during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The award honors U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who epitomized individual commitment, in word and action, to the cause of civil rights in this country. The award recognizes similar long-term contributions by other members of the legal profession to the advancement of civil rights, civil liberties and human rights in the United States.
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UTK Law Honors 5 During Diversity Education Fundraiser

The University of Tennessee College of Law honored two of its alumni and three current students during the 19th Annual Julian Blackshear, Jr. Gala on Feb. 8. Alumna Danielle Whitworth Barnes, commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Human Services, served as keynote speaker. Adjunct professor and attorney Brooklyn Sawyers Belk was recognized with the RBJ Campbelle Award for her “courageous, selfless, and ongoing commitment to fairness and equality for all people.” Students Shannador McClain, Daniel Zydel and Chidimma Nwaneri were recognized by the Black Leadership Student Association for their commitment to leadership and diversity at the College of Law. The Blackshear Gala, named for one of the college’s first African American graduates, serves as a fundraiser for diversity education.
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