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Wednesday, June 16, 2021

4:00 p.m.Registration and Law Student Forum

Diverse law students are invited to engage in a straightforward and open discussion with a panel of attorneys on how to market themselves, what to expect in the profession, what to consider when designing a career path, and how to navigate obstacles unique to attorneys from underrepresented backgrounds.
4:15 p.m.From Challenge to Opportunity: Charting Career Success as a Diverse Lawyer

As diverse lawyers advance in their careers, knowing how to create opportunity within one’s organization becomes increasingly important. Creating opportunities affords diverse lawyers more relationship capital, additional avenues for advancement, and more overall security in their careers. This program will equip participants to: Identify their most important stakeholders; Talk about what they do in an engaging manner; and Build relationships that create opportunities over time.
6:00 p.m.Networking Reception
7:30 p.m.Dine-Arounds (on your own)

Thursday, June 17, 2021

7:00 a.m.Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m.Welcome and Introduction
8:15 a.m.A Conversation About Racial Justice in America

Inequities related to racial justice in American are not new. But they were brought into sharp focus with the killing of George Floyd in May 2020. While there has been much talk since Floyd’s death, this panel will address ways in which we can move the dialogue into action so that the cycle of injustice can be broken.
9:15 a.m.O Canada! Cross-border Diversity Issues

The United States and Canada are close neighbors and allies. Both countries face issues related to diversity. The ways in which each country has dealt with these issues can serve as valuable learning tools for the other. Each country’s first woman of color national bar president will share insight on issues of diversity.
10:15 a.m.Refreshment Break
10:40 a.m.Removing Barriers for Those who have Mixed-visible or Non-visible Diversity

Often diversity issues are focused on visible traits such as gender or race. But some disabilities, sexual orientation, and gender identity are not readily visible to the eye. This panel will discuss how to create an environment where those with invisible diversity can operate at the highest level.
11:40 a.m.Luncheon
1:00 p.m.A Spectrum of Bar Leaders

Hear from leaders of the national affinity bars on issues having an impact on their membership and learn how attorneys from marginalized groups can work together to address problems.
2:00 p.m.Bias and the Juror in a Politicized World

Juror biases, assumptions, and expectations affect the outcome of trials. Given the evolving public discourse on topics such as race, policing, and other polarizing issues, how must we adapt our approaches to addressing juror biases in ways that take account of these issues? This session will consider how to best acknowledge and address biases via jury selection and jury debiasing efforts. It will also discuss how the biases, assumptions, and expectations of attorneys may affect their perceptions and judgments of potential jurors. The session will consider ways that the shift to virtual interactions and at least some legal proceedings may affect perceptions and judgments of attorneys and jurors.
3:00 p.m.Refreshment Break
3:25 p.m.Earning the Right to be Called an Ally

There has been a lot of talk about diversity and helping underrepresented people to feel included enough to bring their true selves to work without fear of bias, judgment, or discrimination. But what does it take to create that environment? This panel will discuss ways organizations can provide institutional support for their employees. It will also discuss what individuals can do to show up in ways to empower their colleagues.
4:25 p.m.Diversity and Inclusion Committee Business Meeting
5:00 p.m.Adjourn/Networking Reception

Friday, June 18, 2021

8:00 a.m.How to Conduct a Zoom Meeting Pitch (TBD)

Virtual Corporate Expo

This year's VIRTUAL Corporate Expo, June 22-30, provides a unique opportunity for selected minority and women attorneys and their law firms to network and interview with corporations and insurance companies committed to diversifying their national outside counsel panels. Three attorneys per law firm may participate in the process. Participating corporations and insurance companies select which firms to network with based on criteria submitted by the law firms. For you and your firm to participate in the Corporate Expo, each attorney must:

  1. Be registered individually for the Diversity for Success Seminar by registering online or calling DRI Customer Service at 312.795.1101; and
  2. Be a DRI individual member. If you are not a DRI member, you can join online or call DRI Customer Service.

The Corporate Expo is for DRI members only. After you have registered for the Diversity for Success Seminar and become a DRI member, you will receive an email with a link to the Law Firm Application, which you must complete and submit electronically. If you do not receive a link within a week of registering, please call DRI Customer Service at 312.795.1101. The Law Firm Application must be completed and submitted on or before May 19, 2021. DRI cannot accept late submissions this year due to increased interest in the Corporate Expo.