2023 DRI Diversity for Success Seminar

June 14–16, 2023 | Charlotte, North Carolina

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Join Us in Charlotte for Insights Into Improving Inclusion in the Legal Profession!

The DRI Diversity and Inclusion Committee invites you to the 18th annual Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to gain insights from and network with in-house counsel and potential referral sources. This seminar is designed to address diversity-related issues in the legal profession and provide resources and tools to incorporate in your career and organization to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion.

View registration information here.

Corporate Expo is Back!
This will take place on Friday, June 16, at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel/Le Méridien Hotel Complex. You must be registered for the seminar and be a DRI member.

More information about the expo can be found here.

What You Will Learn:

  • Removing the curtain on the often-confidential ways to succeed to equity partner and the C-suite.
  • Best practices to address unique considerations that impact the mental health of diverse lawyers.
  • The importance of utilizing diversity as a valuable tool for success in the legal profession.
  • Lessons learned to improve diversity-related programs in the legal profession.
  • The impact of important legal decisions that may change the trajectory of diversity in the legal profession.

Expand Your Network By:

  • Connecting with an unparalleled number of in-house counsel, potential clients, and referral sources.
  • Taking advantage of the unique opportunity to pitch yourself and your law firm to in-house counsel at the 2023 Corporate Expo.

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Thank You to DRI's Diversity and Inclusion Committee Leadership

Atoyia S. Harris
Atoyia S. Harris
Program Chair
Mohamed N. Bakry
Mohamed N. Bakry
Program Vice Chair
Stacy L. Douglas
Stacy L. Douglas
Committee Chair
Gary L. Howard
Gary L. Howard
Committee Vice Chair
Jaime W. Luse
Jaime W. Luse
Law Institute

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Registration Information

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Member Pricing Non-Member Pricing
Regular Registration* $1,095 $1,395
Group Registration (Non-Sponsored)** $695/person $695/person
Government Government members will receive the applicable government rate for the seminar upon login. If the government rate does not appear after logging in, please call DRI directly at (312) 795-1101 to receive the discounted rate. Invoices can be sent after purchase upon request.

*If your membership recently lapsed, please renew your membership prior to registering to ensure you receive your discounted member rate. If you would like to join DRI to receive the member pricing and see the benefits of becoming a member, click here to go to the Application page.

**Group registration is for registering four or more attendees, members and non-members. There is one free registration with every 10 registrations. You must lock in the rate three weeks prior to the seminar. If you want to register for the group pricing, fill out the form here (online registration is not available for this offering).

Networking Events

Women of Color Roundtable | Foundation for the Carolinas (Optional Programming)

Date: Tuesday, June 13 from 1:00–6:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free - check attending on registration
Location: Kearney Solarium at the Foundation for the Carolinas, 220 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 (one mile from the seminar hotel)

Despite diversity and inclusion being a daily topic within the legal profession, the needle is barely moving, in particular, for women of color within the profession. The DRI Women of Color Roundtable will be a candid discussion on challenges facing women of color within the legal profession and will provide insight on how women of color attorneys can overcome those challenges.

Premier Networking Reception | Charlotte Beer Garden
Sponsored by Clark Hill PLC, Cox PLLC, Proskauer Rose LLP

Date: Wednesday, June 14 from 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Pricing: Free when you register for the seminar; all attendees must be 21+ (Guest tickets $100 each, available at check-out. A limited number of guest tickets may be available on site for $125 each.)
Location: Charlotte Beer Garden, 1300 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28203

Join the Trucking Litigation Essentials, Diversity for Success, Insurance Bad Faith, and Young Lawyers committees for a networking event at USA Today’s Best Beer Garden of 2022! You’re guaranteed to find something to your taste from the almost 400 draft options (one of the world’s largest selection of draft beers available in one restaurant), wine, spirits, seltzers, and light appetizers. Join us for a fun evening on the spacious and partly covered rooftop, mixing a cozy greenhouse feel with some cool city views.

Agenda with Speakers

*Schedule and Speakers subject to change

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Headquarters Hotel Information

The DRI room block at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel/Le Méridien Hotel Complex is now sold out on select dates. Please use the link below to reserve a room outside of the DRI block at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel/Le Méridien Hotel Complex or an available hotel nearby.

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CLE Information

Earn up to 6.00 hours of continuing legal education hours (CLE) from this seminar.

Diversity for Success CLE by State


DRI's Diversity for Success Seminar is proudly sponsored by:

Dinsmore Legal CounselFaskenFM Foley & Mansfield
Glassman Wyatt Tuttle Cox P.C. Gordon & Rees Scully MansukhaniIrwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC Counselors at LawKightlinger Gray
Locke Lord logo MD Marshall DenneheyPM Perez Morris ProskauerSegal McCambridge Singer & MahoneyWF | Wong Fleming Attorneys at Law

Thank you to our Official Supporter: TBD

If you would like to contact DRI about seminar sponsorship opportunities, including pricing, or to reserve a spot, please go to Advertising and Sponsorship.

DRI Cares

Champion House of Care ("CHOC") Project One

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The Diversity and Inclusion Committee is working with Champion House of Care ("CHOC") Project One, a local non-profit organization in Charlotte, NC that addresses elderly and child homelessness in the local Charlotte area. The DRI Cares project includes raising funds to purchase school supplies and assembling backpacks for students in elementary, middle and high school. Please help us reach our fundraising goal by donating to the DRI Foundation using the link or QR code below by June 1. The DRI Foundation will purchase the supplies needed for the backpacks and we will assemble the backpacks on Wednesday, June 14.  Any funds received after June 1 will be donated to CHOC Project One. We appreciate your support!

To donate online:

  1. Click the "Donate" button or scan the QR code below.
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  4. Select from one of the gift amounts or set your own amount. The default value is $100.
  5. Select your DRI Committee from "My SLC/Region" dropdown box.
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NEW in 2023 – Four Additional On-Demand Programs Included With Every Seminar!

CLE Credit will be sought from every state requiring CLE hours in elimination of bias/diversity and inclusion, ethics, substance abuse/mental health, and law practice management. The CLE grid will provide updated information concerning hours that have been approved by each jurisdiction and for which credits. For states not requiring these special credits, general education credits will be sought. Access to these on-demand programs will expire 30 days after the seminar ends.

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Diversity/Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Invisible or Mixed-Visible Diversity – Combatting Bias

Often diversity programs and initiatives are focused on visible traits such as gender or race, but bias exists related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and some disabilities that are not readily visible to the eye. This panel will discuss how to address these biases and to create an environment where those with invisible or mixed-visible diversity can operate at the highest level.

Stacy Douglas, Everett Dorey LLP, Irvine, CA
Gary Howard, Bradley, Birmingham, AL
Ronna Kinsella, Glassman Wyatt Tuttle & Cox PC, Memphis, TN

Law Practice Management Credit

Succession Planning: Failing to Plan Is a Plan to Fail

Succession planning is considered one of the most pressing issues facing not only law firms but also clients. Senior partners are working into their golden years and can sometimes be reluctant to engage in a succession plan, but clients want to know that there is a plan for the transition of their work without interruption. Join us to learn:

  1. the importance of succession planning for the benefit both the law firm and its clients;
  2. how succession planning impacts retention and continuity of the firm and client relationships;
  3. how to approach the subject with senior attorneys; and
  4. strategies for implementing a successful succession plan.

Marie E. Chafe, Conn Kavanaugh, Boston, MA
Matthew Cairns, Textron Inc., Providence, RI
Elizabeth M. Brotten, Foley & Mansfield PLLP, Minneapolis, MN
Meade Hartfield, Bradley Arant, Birmingham, AL


Technology, Ethics & Remote Work: What You Need to Know Now

The Rules of Professional Conduct regarding competence and diligence require all lawyers to keep abreast of changes in technology. This webinar will provide you with tips and information on new issues related to technology and the practice of law, including the challenges of the remote work environment. You will learn the ethics and professionalism considerations when using technology in your practice and your ethical duties when it comes to “keeping abreast of changes” in technology.

Amber Garcia, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, New Orleans, LA
Alyssa Johnson, Barron & Newberger PC, Milwaukee, WI
Clare Roubion, Louisiana Legal Ethics, LLC, Lafayette, LA

Mental Health & Attorney Wellness

Lessons for Lawyers from the Science of Well-Being

This presentation will focus on the practical steps that we can take as individuals to improve well-being, drawing on recent research from cognitive science and beginning with the preface that happiness can be learned and applied. Specifically, we will provide an evidence-based arsenal of practical tools that lawyers can apply in their own lives to improve their well-being.

Emma Ross, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, Chicago, IL
Shayna Cook, Goldman Ismail Tomaselli Brennan & Baum, Chicago, IL

Other Information

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