Panel Grades Workplace Diversity in the Legal Profession
February 5, 2014 - Cooley Law School hosted a panel discussion: Breaking Barriers - Grading Diversity in the Legal Profession. The discussion examined diversity in the workplace and how well the legal profession has embraced it. Guest panelists ranged from practitioners who have been in practice from three years to 30 years.
The average grade the panelists gave the legal profession was a C-, with grades ranging from a D- to an A, which was awarded by Judge Hugh B. Clarke, of the 54A District Court. Judge Clarke, who has been practicing since 1979, shared from his perspective, diversity in the legal profession has come a long way. According to Judge Clarke, when he entered the profession he was one of a handful of minority attorneys in Ingham County and there were no minority judges, where now there are three.
Other panelists included Aaron Vaughn Burrell, Dickinson Wright; Laurin Roberts Thomas, Thomas Law Consulting; Angie Iglesia Martell, Iglesia Martell Law Firm; Dewnya Bazzi, At Law Group; and Krystal Denise Player, clerk to the Honorable Mark A. Randon of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The panel was moderated by Dean Cynthia Ward.
The program was sponsored by Cooley’s Student Bar Association Diversity Committee, Career and Professional Development Department, and Enrollment and Student Services Department.
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