2018 Nebraska Legal Diversity Summit
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When: Friday, September 7, 2018
12:00 PM - 4:45 PM CT
Where: Creighton University Harper Center Ballroom
602 N 20th St
Omaha, Nebraska 
United States

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MCLE Accreditation
NE #162343 (Regular/live). 3.75 CLE ethics hours
IA #304177 (Regular/live). 3.75 CLE ethics hours

Registration Fees
$100 - Regular registration
Free - NSBA dues-paying member
Free - Law students

Optional Fees
$15 - I plan to attend the Diversity Section Luncheon. (You do not have to be a member of the Section to attend.)

12:00 pm   NSBA Diversity Section Luncheon

12:50 pm   Break

1:00 pm     The Business Case for Diversity
David S. Houghton, Houghton Bradford Whitted, PC, LLO
All across America, business, government, and all sectors of our vibrant, mobile society are realizing diversity is a great strength of this country – and our ability to prosper, economically and socially, will depend significantly on embracing, respecting, and harnessing the power of that diversity. This awakening to the importance of diversity for the future of all America is both exciting and challenging, particularly in our profession. Dave Houghton will discuss minority representation in the legal profession, the business case for diversity and the challenges for diversity and inclusion initiatives within the legal profession.

1:30 pm    Engaging Influencers in Your Diversity and Inclusion Efforts
Karen Hester, Chief Executive Officer, Center for Legal Inclusiveness
It’s not enough to have buy-in for your diversity and inclusive efforts from just the top leaders of an organization. Other key individuals in your organization are needed to avoid those bottlenecks which slow down the creation and implementation of Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Learn what issues prevent these key individuals from fully participating in diversity and inclusion initiatives and the methods to help them become full partners in the initiatives.

2:30 pm    Women in the Legal Profession
Megan Belcher, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary, The Scoular Company; Jeana Goosmann Attorney, Goosmann Law Firm, PC; Nicole Theophilus, Esq.; Dana E. Washington, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Boys Town
This panel will discuss and compare the women and men’s participation in the legal profession and why Diversity and Inclusion efforts are needed.

3:30 pm    Be the Guide! Help Your Diverse Associates with Effective Mentoring
Karen Hester
Learn how to counsel your diverse associates based on information from diverse attorneys and professional development professionals and discuss best practices on ways firm leaders,
practice group leaders and associate supervisors can effectively advise diverse attorneys.

4:45 pm     Adjourn

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Program Sponsors

  • Creighton University School of Law
  • McGrath North Mullin & Kratz, PC LLO
  • University of Nebraska College of Law

Law Student Sponsor

  • Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather, LLP
  • Kutak Rock LLP

Pre-Law Student Sponsor

  • Baird Holm
  • Fraser Stryker PC LLO
  • Legal Aid of Nebraska
  • Scoular