12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Speaker - 12:20 - 12:50 pm) Keynote/Luncheon Address
The Changing Landscape: Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions and their Impact on Education’s and the Legal Profession’s Ability to Diversify
Anna W. Shavers
The diversity of college graduates directly impacts the diversity of the legal profession. Over the past 50+ years, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued several decisions impacting race and education. University of Nebraska College of Law Professor Anna Williams Shavers will share her personal experience having been a black student entering a newly desegregated school in Arkansas following Brown v. Board
of Education. She will also discuss two recent U.S. Supreme Court Cases, Fisher v. University of Texas and United States v. Texas and their potential impact on education’s (and by extension, the legal profession’s) ability to diversify.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Accidental Racists and Other Elephants in the Room: The Impact of Subtle Forms of Bias on Access to Justice
Chris Osborn, ReelTime CLE
One of the most significant, yet perhaps neglected, aspects of providing increased access to justice is the challenge of sustained interaction between people of different races, socioeconomic classes, and cultural or religious backgrounds. Even the simplest of encounters can often leave lawyers, paralegals, community agency workers, or the clients themselves feeling confused, frustrated, offended, or (worst
of all) seriously hurt—even when everyone involved began with the best of intentions. This workshop from ReelTime CLE explores cross-cultural interactions and the perhaps
surprising ways that less overt forms of bias can affect how we interact with folks who are different from us in various ways. Taking a cue from the groundbreaking and controversial song, “Accidental Racist,” by country music superstar Brad Paisley and hip-hop legend-turned-television actor, LL Cool J, ReelTime CLE has developed this program as a forum for an honest, authentic dialogue about the ways that subtler
forms of bias may show up, the impact they can have, where they come from, and what
we can do to be more mindful of them. The unique ReelTime CLE format uses poignant clips from high-quality films (including the 2005 Academy Award Best Picture winner, Crash) as the starting point for a highly interactive discussion, and an opportunity for participants to collaborate in discovering practical, more effective ways of developing cross-cultural competence.
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm The Minority Law Student and Attorney Experience: Lessons for Law Schools, Employers, and Bars (and Humans, In General)
Moderator: Shawntal Smith, Panelists: Jessica Källström-Schreckengost, Jamie Cooper, Yvonne Sosa, and others
Following the previous program’s discussion on the subtler forms of bias, we turn now to a panel of minority attorneys discussing their experiences in law school, the hiring process, employment settings, and court. Discussion will be focused on identifying ways in which law schools, employers, bar associations and colleagues can do a better job of creating an inclusive culture within their respective organizations and in the
legal profession in general. Panelists will also discuss how these same lessons apply to interactions with clients from different racial, ethnic, religious, and/or socioeconomic backgrounds.
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Structured Networking Event